2020 Styria MotoGP FP1 Result: Miller Marches On

Under the sun of Styria, the premier class started their second assault for the crown at the Red Bull Ring. Early signs are quite comforting for Ducati, with Jack Miller at the top of the timesheets and Andrea Dovizioso breathing down his neck only four thousandths of a second behind. Miguel Oliveira jumped to third in the late time attack, the lead KTM four hundredths behind the leader and his rhythm consistently a couple of tenths slower than the Ducatis. Takaaki Nakagami led for most of the session and ended the morning fourth but less than a tenth behind top spot and with Joan Mir in tow.

Franco Morbidelli was back at the scene of last Sunday’s infamous crash and the Italian was right back up to speed in sixth place. Brad Binder continues on a high and climbs to seventh, ahead of colleague Iker Lecuona, while Maverick Vinales was the top Yamaha in ninth place, half a tenth ahead of future teammate Fabio Quartararo.

Pol Espargaro was the last of the KTMs but, presumably confident in his speed, the Spaniard did not join the late time attack and settled for 11th position, only half a second slower than the leader. With the entire field covered by one second, the likes of Danilo Petrucci, Alex Rins or Cal Crutchlow had to settle for a position outside of the top ten.

One man missing in action was Johann Zarco, the Frenchman declared unfit to take part in Friday’s proceedings after recent surgery following Sunday’s much talked about events. However, if he does join the action at some point this weekend, he will start Sunday’s race from pitlane, as a penalty for irresponsible riding last time out.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'23.859    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'23.863 0.004 0.004
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'23.898 0.039 0.035
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'23.950 0.091 0.052
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'23.961 0.102 0.011
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'24.198 0.339 0.237
7 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'24.251 0.392 0.053
8 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'24.301 0.442 0.050
9 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'24.324 0.465 0.023
10 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'24.381 0.522 0.057
11 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'24.397 0.538 0.016
12 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'24.508 0.649 0.111
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'24.517 0.658 0.009
14 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'24.623 0.764 0.106
15 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'24.628 0.769 0.005
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'24.690 0.831 0.062
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'24.699 0.840 0.009
18 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'24.764 0.905 0.065
19 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'24.806 0.947 0.042
20 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'24.808 0.949 0.002
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'24.914 1.055 0.106
  5 Johann Zarco Ducati      
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Hmmm I have the opinion that the Zarco did an overambitious move on a too dangerous place at at the wrong moment midrace. I think he should have a warning. This penalty i think is too harsh since it was a technically correct overtaking.... you cannot really blame racers overtaling, you can only ask them to use the head and avoid risks that are not worth it.. which is a enormous grey area. I would condemn racedirection and give them a penalty by starting managing the race without any camera footage until lap 18. I feel racedirection is too much influenced here by media and the power and the words of the victims Rossi and Vignales.... if riders feel that racedirections acts quite random depending on who is involved, it think there is a truth in it. Basically the only thing here is that the track is too dangerous, but you cannot blam people using the track for where it is for... racing including overtaking.

If JZ is smart, he'll get just fit enough to be able to start from the pit lane Sunday, then tough it out for a fiew laps before withdrawing due to the pain of his injury. Penalty served in a race he'd likely sit out (or do very poorly in) anyway.