KTM and Espargaro take a first pole position, for the Styrian MotoGP at the Red Bull Ring, ahead of Nakagami and Zarco.

Nakagami lost his (slightly slower) last lap for exceeding track limits at turn one, but also claimed a best-ever MotoGP qualifying.

Zarco underwent surgery for a fracture to the scaphoid bone in his right wrist on Wednesday, sustained in last Sunday's huge accident with Morbidelli, but returned on Saturday and was instantly quick.

However, despite his heroics, the Frenchman will need to start the race from pitlane after being penalised for the incident with Morbidelli.

Miller was riding with pain in his shoulder after a Saturday morning fall.

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez is missing his fourth 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 at Brno, is replaced by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro for the second time.

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Styrian MotoGP, Austria - Full Qualifying Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)1'23.580s7/9311k
2Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.022s4/9310k
3Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)**+0.052s7/8313k
4Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.098s8/9309k
5Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.120s5/7315k
6Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.198s9/9307k
7Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.202s7/9310k
8Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.217s8/9310k
9Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.269s8/9313k
10Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.286s3/9306k
11Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.441s8/9304k
12Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+0.594s9/9310k
 Qualifying 1:     
13Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*1'23.928s8/9304k
14Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*1'23.932s6/8308k
15Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'24.127s7/8303k
16Michele PirroITAPramac Ducati (GP20)1'24.273s8/8310k
17Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*1'24.37s9/9309k
18Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)1'24.401s7/8309k
19Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1'24.416s8/9309k
20Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1'24.429s3/8307k
21Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)1'24.667s8/9311k
22Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)1'24.916s8/9305k

** Pit lane start.

* 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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