Austrian MotoGP, Red Bull Ring - Free Practice (1) Results
1Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)1'30.756s20/20308k
2Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.618s21/21308k
3Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.820s22/22309k
4Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.860s18/18306k
5Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.017s21/21306k
6Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.119s19/20308k
7Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.157s20/20309k
8Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.185s20/20306k
9Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)+1.220s18/18305k
10Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.251s20/20303k
11Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+1.318s17/17306k
12Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*+1.565s20/20306k
13Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.666s20/21305k
14Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.681s19/19306k
15Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.732s16/16306k
16Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)+1.757s18/19310k
17Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+1.801s15/16306k
18Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.992s19/19304k
19Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*+2.019s20/20303k
20Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+2.149s19/21309k
21Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+2.207s16/16303k
22Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+2.242s17/18305k
23Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+3.040s19/19305k
24Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+4.316s16/17301k
25Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+4.336s17/17303k

* Rookie
Previous Red Bull Ring MotoGP records (no chicane):
Best lap:
Jorge Martin SPA Ducati 1m 22.643s (2021)
Fastest race lap:
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 1m 23.827s (2019)

Jack Miller leads opening practice for the 2022 Austrian MotoGP on a wet but drying track, as riders also got their first taste of the new Turn 2 chicane at the Red Bull Ring.

Wet tyres were used for most of the session, with Johann Zarco fastest from the Suzukis of Joan Mir and Alex Rins, before the ever-increasing dry line prompted the likes of Marco Bezzecchi and Miguel Oliveira to become the first riders out on slicks for the final 15 minutes.

Most others soon followed, with Jack Miller putting dry tyres on top with ten minutes remaining.

With further rain forecast this weekend, riders pushed hard for a top ten place. But Miller kept moving the goalposts and finished the session a 0.618s clear of Pramac's Zarco with a 1m 30.756s.

Mir and Jorge Martin were the only other riders within one-second of Miller, followed by world championship leader Fabio Quartararo, Rins and last year's winner Brad Binder (KTM).

Silverstone winner Francesco Bagnaia and Aprilia's title contender Aleix Espargaro began the weekend in a cautious 16th and 17th.

Pol Espargaro, expected to be confirmed as a 2023 GASGAS-backed Tech3 KTM rider during the lunch break, was 20th.

Current team-mate Marc Marquez, attending his first grand prix since undergoing a 4th round of surgery on his right arm, was seen watching trackside and then talking to replacement Stefan Bradl in the Repsol Honda pits.

Rookie Remy Gardner (was the only faller, caught out by the change to slicks on a damp track.

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Fabio Quartararo takes a 22-point lead over Aleix Espargaro into this weekend’s Austrian MotoGP, but it is third in the standings Francesco Bagnaia who is very much the man of the moment.

The Ducati star had been 91 points behind Quartararo but victories at Assen and Silverstone, combined with problems for the title leaders, mean Bagnaia has slashed the gap to 49 points from the top with eight rounds to go.

That’s still a hefty margin, but from last year’s performances Bagnaia could be the man to beat not only at the Red Bull Ring this weekend, where he led for the opening 24 laps until a rain storm arrived last year, but also the following Misano (won the first race, fell while leading the second) and Aragon (winner) rounds.

The lack of long corners at the Red Bull Ring, combined with hard braking and acceleration, has certainly made the venue a Ducati favourite in the past. Andrea Iannone gave the factory its first race win since Casey Stoner at the 2016 round, followed by victories for Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo in 2017 and 2018, then Dovizioso again in 2019.

The 2020 Covid calendar featured two Red Bull Ring races. Dovizioso claimed what looks set to be his final MotoGP victory in the first race, before Miguel Oliveira finally broke the Ducati dominance – and made history for Tech3 KTM – with a debut win in the second.

Austrian again made two appearances last season, with a debut win for Pramac Ducati and Jorge Martin in the first being followed by a brave slicks-in-the-rain triumph for KTM’s Brad Binder in the second.

Maverick Vinales missed the second event after being suspended by Yamaha for deliberately over-revving his engine, following technical issues, the previous weekend.

Vinales wouldn’t ride an M1 again, but returns in red hot form on the Aprilia RS-GP with podiums at the last two races, including finishing second by just 0.426s to Bagnaia last time at Silverstone.

KTM is expected to reveal more of its 2023 rider line-up this weekend by confirming the return of Pol Espargaro at Tech3, while Austria is also the last chance for Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin to impress Ducati before a decision is made on who will replace Jack Miller, alongside Bagnaia, at the factory team in 2023.

Austrian MotoGP - Race weekend schedule (UK time)

Friday 19 August

7.25am - MotoE FP1

8am - Moto3 FP1

8.55am - MotoGP FP1

9.55am - Moto2 FP1

11.35am - MotoE FP2

12.15pm - Moto3 FP2

1.10pm - MotoGP FP2

2.10pm - Moto2 FP2

3.50pm - MotoE Qualifying 1

4.10pm - MotoE Qualifying 2

Saturday 20 August

8am - Moto3 FP3

8.55am - MotoGP FP3

9.55am - Moto2 FP3

11.35am - Moto3 Q1

12pm - Moto3 Q2

12.30pm - MotoGP FP4

1.10pm - MotoGP Q1

1.35pm - MotoGP Q2

2.10pm - Moto2 Q1

2.35pm - Moto2 Q2

3.15pm - MotoE race 1

Sunday 21 August

8am - Moto3 warm-up

8.20am - Moto2 warm-up

8.40am - MotoGP warm-up

10am - Moto3 race

11.20am - Moto2 race

1pm - MotoGP race

2.30pm - MotoE race




Silverstone: MotoGP World Championship standings
Pos RiderNatTeamPointsDiff.
1=Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)180 
2=Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)158(-22)
3^1Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)131(-49)
4^1Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)118(-62)
5˅2Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)114(-66)
6^1Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)107(-73)
7˅1Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)98(-82)
8^1Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)84(-96)
9^3Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)82(-98)
10=Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)81(-99)
11=Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)81(-99)
12˅4Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)77(-103)
13^1Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*61(-119)
14˅1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)60(-120)
15=Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)56(-124)
16=Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)45(-135)
17=Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)42(-138)
18=Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)27(-153)
19=Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)26(-154)
20=Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*18(-162)
21=Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*10(-170)
22=Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)10(-170)
23=Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*9(-171)
24=Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*5(-175)