2021 Austria MotoGP FP1 Result: A Zinger Of A Lap From Zarco

The second round in Austria started with enough headlines to fill a news ticker but track action eventually took centre stage as premier class riders put in a first time attack of the weekend. With the forecast more optimistic than last time around, not too many were tempted by soft rubber in the closing stages of FP1 but Pramac Racing continued to shine, with Johann Zarco taking the all time lap record from his teammate and topping the session by almost eight tenths of a second. That late lap pushed the two Suzukis back, with Joan Mir second and Alex Rins third in the session.

Takaaki Nakagami led the way for most of the session before dropping to fourth, as the only other rider to post a time within a second of the leader. Aleix Espargaro completed the top five ahead of Fabio Quartararo, although the Frenchman ended the session by pulling over at turn 9 with some sort of seemingly minor technical issue. Alex Marquez continues a solid run in Spielberg with seventh position in FP1, marginally quicker than Pecco Bagnaia, who was stuck in a familiar flashback from last weekend, in between the Marquez brothers. Although Marc Marquez’s shoulder seemed to be giving him some grief, the Spaniard’s lap times were pretty consistent and he ended the morning ninth, with Styrian GP victor Jorge Martin rounding out the top 10.

Teammate Pol Espargaro missed out by five hundredths of a second and was closely followed by rookie teammates Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini. The KTMs didn’t make the best of starts, Miguel Oliveira best of the lot in 15th position, while Jack Miller in 17th place didn’t heavily feature the factory Ducatis in the proceedings either. By now you would have heard about Maverick Viñales not featuring in proceedings at all, after his suspension by Yamaha for last Sunday’s confusing shenanigans. The other notable absence was Lorenzo Savadori, the Aprilia rider unable to take part as he recovers from recent surgery to his right ankle following the fiery incident on Sunday.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'22.827    
2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'23.625 0.798 0.798
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'23.730 0.903 0.105
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'23.790 0.963 0.060
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'23.841 1.014 0.051
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'23.865 1.038 0.024
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'23.881 1.054 0.016
8 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'23.903 1.076 0.022
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'23.967 1.140 0.064
10 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'24.044 1.217 0.077
11 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'24.097 1.270 0.053
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'24.237 1.410 0.140
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'24.330 1.503 0.093
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'24.335 1.508 0.005
15 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'24.347 1.520 0.012
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'24.492 1.665 0.145
17 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'24.528 1.701 0.036
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'24.755 1.928 0.227
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'24.792 1.965 0.037
20 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'25.295 2.468 0.503
Round Number: 
11
2021
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