Marquez takes pole position for the Austrian MotoGP at the Red Bull Ring.

Rossi to start just 14th after failing to advance past Qualifying 1, his worst qualifying since 2016.

Pol Espargaro is absent after fracturing his collarbone at Brno last weekend, Franco Morbidelli has a three place grid penalty for riding slowly on the racing line in FP1.

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Qualifying 2:

  1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 23.241s [Lap 7/10] 313km/h (Top Speed)
  2. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 23.243s +0.002s [Lap 8/9] 310k
  3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 23.376s +0.135s [Lap 8/9] 309k
  4. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 1m 23.503s +0.262s [Lap 8/9] 310k
  5. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 23.812s +0.571s [Lap 8/9] 310k
  6. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 23.887s +0.646s [Lap 9/9] 307k
  7. Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 1m 23.922s +0.681s [Lap 8/9] 312k
  8. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 24.091s +0.850s [Lap 6/9] 304k
  9. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 24.124s +0.883s [Lap 9/10] 308k
  10. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 24.227s +0.986s [Lap 3/8] 306k
  11. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 24.284s +1.043s [Lap 8/9] 307k
  12. Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 1m 24.342s +1.101s [Lap 6/9] 308k

Qualifying 1:

  1. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 24.245s 304k
  2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 24.309s 307k
  3. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 24.762s 305k
  4. Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 24.767s 306k
  5. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 1m 24.805s 308k
  6. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 24.834s 303k
  7. Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 1m 24.868s 300k
  8. Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 25.067s 306k
  9. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 1m 25.178s 301k
  10. Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 25.310s 303k
  11. Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 1m 25.339s 306k

Fastest practice 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