2021 Styria MotoGP Qualifying Result: Keeping It In The Family

With so many competitive machines around the Red Bull Ring and a sketchy forecast for Sunday, pole position was going to be a valuable feather in one’s cap, but while all eyes were on Fabio Quartararo, Jorge Martin stole that fancy cap and was back to pole winning ways. The rookie also picked up the all time lap record with the first 1:22 time around the Ring, on his first proper outing on Ducati’s favourite playground. Pecco Bagnaia added another red machine to the front row, while Quartararo tried to fight back but a cancelled lap due to track limits left him third and with quite a bit of work finding a way past two rapid Ducatis tomorrow.

Having two more of them right behind won’t help much either, with Jack Miller and Johann Zarco bookending the second row of the grid and sandwiching the lone Suzuki of Joan Mir. Aleix Espargaro opens the way on row three, closely followed by compatriots Marc Marquez and Maverick Viñales. Both will have something to prove after the Honda man tumbled out at turn three on his final flying lap and the still-Yamaha rider had an underwhelming qualifying despite a solid performance in practice.

Row four is LCR territory, with Takaaki Nakagami ahead of Q1 leader Alex Marquez, while KTM’s sole representative in Q2 in their home GP was Miguel Oliveira in 12th position, almost a full second off the leader. The Portuguese rider was spared his blushes in Q1 by Enea Bastianini seeing his top time cancelled, but Alex Rins had no such luck and will start the race from 13th on the grid, sharing fifth row with some fairly familiar faces in Dani Pedrosa and Pol Espargaro.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'22.994    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'23.038 0.044 0.044
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'23.075 0.081 0.037
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'23.300 0.306 0.225
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'23.322 0.328 0.022
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'23.376 0.382 0.054
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'23.448 0.454 0.072
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'23.489 0.495 0.041
9 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'23.508 0.514 0.019
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'23.536 0.542 0.028
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'23.841 0.847 0.305
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'23.944 0.950 0.103
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'23.547    
Q2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'23.552 0.005 0.005
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'23.585 0.038 0.033
14 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'23.730 0.183 0.145
15 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'23.971 0.424 0.241
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'24.050 0.503 0.079
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'24.097 0.550 0.047
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'24.115 0.568 0.018
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'24.141 0.594 0.026
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'24.245 0.698 0.104
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'24.405 0.858 0.160
22 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'24.465 0.918 0.060
23 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'24.513 0.966 0.048
Round Number: 
10
2021
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Do not discount Jorge Martin, he is coming. Do watch this 16 min doc re his zenith --> nadir early 2021 season. Neat guy! Anyone else keenly enjoying the Ducati Cup heating up? Anyone at Suzuki have feelings about EIGHT Ducs lining up next year including the mighty Gresini staffing? That Red can rather passively add bikes to a third of the grid whilst 2020 Champion Suzuki just runs two in the races that Rins finishes is befuddling. Anyhoo, Martin ups and downs...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BT8Mlfwmt_I

Q Highlights

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dmXrfmMnuOQ

Martinator's pole lap (breaking record, lovely smooth balanced economical riding style)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6tvlMKZ6Zbo

Rather enjoyed watching Rossi using Dani as a " guide dog " .

Wonder if as many people will criticise him for it as criticised Marquez for doing the same thing .