2021 Austria MotoGP Qualifying Result: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Who's The Fastest Bull Of Them All

The time had arrived to find the most rampant bull around the Ring and it was quite the demonstration for the local wildlife, with Jorge Martin the dominating force in Q1 and then masterfully snatching another pole position and a matching all-time lap record. For a while it looked like a monster display from Fabio Quartararo, whose early advantage in Q2 looked nearly untouchable but he eventually had to settle for second by three hundredths of a second. Pecco Bagnaia had a lot of work to do on his final run in Q2, his frequent off-track excursions seeing him with no time set after his first run, but when he did put a lap on the board, it was quick enough for the front row.

Johann Zarco had to concede the lap record he held for 28 hours or so but fourth on the grid was still a solid result for the Frenchman. Marc Marquez inadvertently returned an older favour to Jack Miller and showed him around for their final flying laps, placing both riders on the second row of the grid. The Honda man equals his best qualifying of the season, while Ducati hog the front two rows with four machines.

Joan Mir also explored track limits more than he might have liked and the world champion opens row three ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira – the KTM man escaping Q1 at the last minute. Teammate Brad Binder shares fourth row with Pol Espargaro and Takaaki Nakagami. In a deja-vu from one week ago, Alex Rins got pushed out of Q2-worthy positions at the end of Q1 and will have to start 13th once more, ahead of Alex Marquez and Enea Bastianini.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'22.643    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'22.677 0.034 0.034
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'23.063 0.420 0.386
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'23.120 0.477 0.057
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'23.227 0.584 0.107
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'23.320 0.677 0.093
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'23.378 0.735 0.058
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'23.423 0.780 0.045
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'23.499 0.856 0.076
10 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'23.568 0.925 0.069
11 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'23.738 1.095 0.170
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'23.990 1.347 0.252
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'23.197    
Q2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'23.365 0.168 0.168
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'23.470 0.273 0.105
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'23.535 0.338 0.065
15 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'23.790 0.593 0.255
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'23.825 0.628 0.035
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'23.834 0.637 0.009
18 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'23.939 0.742 0.105
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'24.405 1.208 0.466
20 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'24.509 1.312 0.104
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Can't help but wonder if Pramac are better at setting up the Ducati's than Ducati. From memory when Jack and Peco were in the Pramac team they also out performed the Ducati team a few times.

"Dorna has changed their parity requirement from each Manu having 4 bikes, to having sets of brothers on the grid"

As per Espleta "if Suzuki and Aprilia cannot bring more than two bikes, we will put brothers on Ducatis and A Spec gridfiller in order to make MotoGP more appealing to family viewers, a television special with Disney is planned. It has been most difficult! Vale and Marini half count, barely more than Jack and Cal. Valentino obviously needs more money than he has, so half of his brother Luca will be carved out for Saudi regime theme park purchase. It will be replaced by the half of Maverick Vinales that performs excellently half the time, Isaac will also get a MotoGP seat in an experiment with cousins. Since we cannot have miniature or giant riders like Dani or Petrucci for the circus, AND are stuck with 8 Ducatis and just two Factory bikes from Aprilia, Suzuki and Yamaha, we must innovate for entertainment appeal. Fabio riding naked got zipped for safety reasons. Iannone's medical modifications were deemed a failure. We have decided to officially do The Sibling Era and Family Channel. But this is NOT easy! Jorge Lorenzo SAID he had a brother Serrano to join him but was unfortunately mistaken while entrapped in a room of mirrors and hams. We offered Ben Spies a shoulder bought from VR46, but even though his manager/mother was also offered a spin off mini series she demanded a shoulder from Gerloff and a part for Ben in the next "Ghostbusters" or nothing. We are waiting to hear back from the Laverty family about having someone trackside in every corner.  The Bostrom Brothers though have agreed to do commentary from a hot tub. The Gardner and Bayliss families are willing to grill lunch and be available for replacement rides. Kenny Jr AND Senior have agreed to several appearances only if ensured that Kurtis is featured serving food in their hospitality. Most exciting is our plan for both the Lowes boys to be on one bike, no matter which one is riding the other is an identical spare (only keen viewers will even take note). Since none of the Irish TT famous are willing participate due to unacceptably low safety risks, the Lowes will be asked to wear Leprechaun outfits/livery.

With the Marquez's, Espargaros and Binders we have very little to change. Parents will be required to be there with fingers painfully crossed throughout races and Q of course. And for our final family announcement, Monster and Red Bull are both coming out with "MotoGP energy baby formula" for your fast kids at home!"

Nice. But the 8 bikes vs 2 bikes thing is sadly all too true.