A wet but drying Red Bull Ring track saw most riders switch to slicks in the closing stages of FP3 for the Austrian MotoGP, but the dry FP1 times remained unbeaten and decided the top ten riders receiving direct access to Qualifying 2.

Marquez dominated the closing stages of FP3, after sitting out all of the wet tyre action.

The biggest name forced to take part in Qualifying 1 is Rossi, who was eleventh after a technical problem on Friday.

Thick cloud is still hanging over the Red Bull Ring circuit, but the weather is forecast to improve, including a dry and sunny Sunday. Pol Espargaro is absent after fracturing his collarbone at Brno last weekend.

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FP3:

  1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 26.496s [Lap 5/8] 305km/h (Top Speed)
  2. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 28.280s +1.784s [10/11] 299k
  3. Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 28.478s +1.982s [12/14] 295k
  4. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 28.653s +2.157s [12/14] 302k
  5. Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 28.744s +2.248s [16/19] 298k
  6. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 1m 28.967s +2.471s [8/12] 308k
  7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 29.008s +2.512s [8/10] 307k
  8. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 29.014s +2.518s [14/15] 303k
  9. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 29.206s +2.710s [12/14] 302k
  10. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 29.208s +2.712s [20/21] 300k
  11. Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 1m 29.762s +3.266s [12/14] 301k
  12. Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 1m 30.255s +3.759s [18/19] 301k
  13. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 30.390s +3.894s [19/20] 298k
  14. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 30.687s +4.191s [6/10] 301k
  15. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 31.375s +4.879s [20/22] 295k
  16. Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 1m 31.644s +5.148s [17/19] 299k
  17. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 32.239s +5.743s [9/13] 289k
  18. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 1m 32.363s +5.867s [15/19] 296k
  19. Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 32.451s +5.955s [16/17] 289k
  20. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 1m 34.465s +7.969s [3/7] 297k
  21. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 35.186s +8.690s [3/5] 264k
  22. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 38.257s +11.761s [2/3] 264k
  23. Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) No Time [0/0]

Riders going directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:

  1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18)
  2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18)
  3. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18)
  4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
  5. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
  6. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
  7. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V)
  8. Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia (GP17)
  9. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)
  10. Maverick Vinales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)

Fastest Friday time:
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 1m 23.830s (FP1)

Official Austria MotoGP records:
Pole Position:
Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati 1m 23.142s (2016)
Fastest race lap:
Johann Zarco FRA Yamaha 1m 24.312s (2017)

By Peter McLaren