Marquez takes over at the top during FP2 for the Austrian MotoGP at Red Bull Ring, despite staying on a used (soft) rear tyre at the end of the session while most others fitted fresh rubber.

The Repsol Honda rider also tried the latest RCV fairing, previously used by team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, while morning pacesetter Dovizioso fell in the closing stages.

Ducati has won all three previous races at the Red Bull Ring since the circuit returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2016, and it is the only track on the current calendar where Marquez has not yet won.

Joan Mir has withdrawn from the event to continue his recovery from Monday's post-race fall at the Brno test. Jorge Lorenzo is again absent after fractures to his vertebrae at Assen and replaced by HRC test and wild-card rider Bradl.

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Austrian MotoGP - Free Practice (2) Results
Pos RiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1^1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)1'23.916s5/23309k
2^1Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.066s22/23303k
3^6Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.155s21/23305k
4^2Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)*+0.237s21/23302k
5˅1Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP19)+0.392s21/22310k
6^4Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+0.410s23/23305k
7^7Danilo PetrucciITAMission Winnow Ducati (GP19)+0.414s4/22307k
8^3Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.420s21/21309k
9˅8Andrea DoviziosoITAMission Winnow Ducati (GP19)+0.495s16/20310k
10^5Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+0.502s21/23309k
11˅6Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.616s23/25305k
12˅5Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.624s24/24305k
13=Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP18)*+0.682s20/21308k
14^3Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.714s22/23302k
15^4Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.839s24/25309k
16˅4Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.949s12/22308k
17˅9Johann ZarcoFRARed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)+1.032s17/17305k
18=Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.087s21/22303k
19˅3Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)+1.223s20/20307k
20^1Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia Ducati (GP18)+1.317s22/25306k
21˅1Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.353s19/19304k

* Rookie.
^X Rider is X positions higher than FP1.
= Rider is same position as FP1.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than FP1.

Top 10 Combined Practice Times:

  1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
  2. Maverick Vinales ESP Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
  3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Mission Winnow Ducati (GP19)
  4. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)
  5. Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)*
  6. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP19)
  7. Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*
  8. Danilo Petrucci ITA Mission Winnow Ducati (GP19)
  9. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V)
  10. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16)

Official Red Bull Ring MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati1m 23.142s (2016)
Fastest race lap:
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati1m 24.277s (2018)

By Peter McLaren