Vinales leads Free Practice 3 on a drying track at the Austrian MotoGP, but Espargaro and KTM remain fastest overall.

Improving track conditions allowed slicks tyres for a frantic final 15-minute showdown for the combined top ten places, which give direct access to the second and final part of qualifying.

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez is missing his third event after breaking his right arm in the MotoGP season opener, and is again replaced by Stefan Bradl.

Francesco Bagnaia, who suffered a fracture to his right tibia in Friday practice in Brno, is replaced by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro.

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Austrian MotoGP - Free Practice (3) Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'24.317s20/22306k
2Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.046s8/9312k
3Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.109s20/20319k
4Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.117s12/12309k
5Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.191s20/20312k
6Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.200s15/15306k
7Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.208s13/17310k
8Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.294s21/21307k
9Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+0.346s14/15308k
10Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.644s18/19306k
11Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.704s20/20302k
12Michele PirroITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.722s13/14310k
13Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.731s19/20307k
14Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+0.872s16/16304k
15Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.001s19/20304k
16Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.117s11/14309k
17Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+1.150s22/22307k
18Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.151s20/22306k
19Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+1.163s16/16308k
20Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.336s24/25307k
21Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.702s21/22305k
22Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+4.788s16/17304k

 

Riders directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
PosRiderNatTeam
1Pol EspargaroESPRed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)
2Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)
3Maverick VinalesESPMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
4Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)
5Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)
6Alex RinsESPSuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
7Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)
8Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
9Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
10Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)

*Rookie.
Official Red Bull Ring MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 23.027s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Andrea Dovizioso SPA Ducati 1m 23.827s (2019)

By Peter McLaren

 

 

 

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