MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch & more – MotoGP

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MotoGP has set up camp at the Red Bull Ring for a double-header starting this weekend with the Austrian Grand Prix. Here’s how to watch qualifying.

Marc Marquez remains out of action after his second surgery to fix the plate in his broken right arm, with Honda test rider Stefan Bradl stepping in again, but the team hasn’t ruled out the reigning champion returning for the second Red Bull Ring race.

KTM’s Pol Espargaro topped the combined Friday practice timesheet, after FP2 was held in mixed conditions due to a brief rain downpour, to maintain the Austrian brand’s strong form fresh from Brad Binder securing his and the team’s maiden MotoGP race win last time out in the Czech Republic.

Andrea Dovizioso enjoyed a stronger start to his Austrian GP weekend in second place after a nightmare at Brno, but his Ducati future continues to dominate the headlines, with the

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Espargaro’s FP4 crash because he was “super pumped” on Austrian MotoGP pace – MotoGP

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Pol Espargaro says his crash in fourth practice for the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix was because he was “super pumped” about his ‘best’ race pace.

The KTM rider came into FP4 fastest on the combined times and led the way in the final 30-minute practice ahead of qualifying having focused on his race pace.

A crash in the closing seven minutes at the Turn 9 Rindt right-hander wrecked his number one bike, leaving him with just one RC16 for the Q2 session.

Espargaro missed pole by just 0.162 seconds and will start KTM’s home grand prix from fifth on the grid, though feels “ready to fight”.

“It was a good day, overall it was amazing,” Espargaro said.

“In FP4 we by far did the best rhythm of the grid and that is super important for tomorrow.

“But unluckily I… I would not say made a mistake, but I was super

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Vinales “a little bit lost” on Yamaha after Friday Austrian GP sessions – MotoGP

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Maverick Vinales admits he and Yamaha are “a little bit lost” at the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix and can’t explain why his form has dipped so much since Jerez.

The Yamaha rider was 0.020 seconds outside of the top 10 in 11th at the end of Friday’s practice sessions following a scrappy FP1 in which he was caught outbraking himself on several occasions.

Commenting on his feeling on the bike, Vinales says he “didn’t have an incredible feeling with the front” and a “really bad feeling with the rear” of the YZR-M1.

Having come from back-to-back seconds in both Jerez races to a distant 14th last week at Brno, Vinales says Yamaha is still trying to understand where his form has gone.

“Well, actually, we are [trying to] understand why we have such a kind of different performance from Jerez to Brno and here,” he said.

“Still we need to

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Zarco’s Brno clash set Austrian MotoGP penalty precedent – Avintia – MotoGP

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Avintia MotoGP team boss Ruben Xaus says Johann Zarco’s clash with Pol Espargaro at Brno set the precedent for the French rider’s punishment for his Austrian Grand Prix collision.

Zarco was involved in a horror high-speed accident with Franco Morbidelli in last weekend’s Austrian GP, when the Avintia rider moved off-line slightly under braking for Turn 3 and Morbidelli ran into the back of him.

The resulting chaos from the collision almost saw Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales wiped out by errant bikes, while Zarco suffered a fracture to his wrist.

MotoGP’s Stewards Panel investigated the incident further on Thursday with Zarco and Morbidelli, and on Friday announced that the Avintia rider’s actions were “irresponsible”.

Zarco – should he make the start of the Styrian GP – will start from pitlane as a result.

Avintia boss Xaus believes Zarco’s collision with KTM’s Espargaro at Brno which took the latter out

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Zarco handed pitlane start penalty for Morbidelli crash at Austrian MotoGP – MotoGP

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Johann Zarco has been penalised with a pitlane start for the MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix for the horrific crash with Franco Morbidelli a week ago at the Red Bull Ring.

Zarco and Morbidelli suffered a 200mph collision after the Turn 2 kink during lap 10 of the Austrian GP last weekend, with Zarco’s bike hitting the airfence at Turn 3 and vaulting over the barrier and narrowly missing Maverick Vinales, while Morbidelli’s errant Petronas SRT Yamaha slid straight up the track and only just missed hitting both Valentino Rossi and Vinales.

The French rider was criticised by several riders for changing his line under braking, with Morbidelli calling him a “half-killer” and saying that he showed “little love” during the incident.

The MotoGP stewards summoned Zarco to explain his side of the incident and concluded that his actions were “irresponsible”, handing him a pitlane start penalty for Sunday’s second race

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Morbidelli expects Zarco to be sanctioned for MotoGP Austrian GP crash – MotoGP

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Franco Morbidelli says he doesn’t think Johann Zarco will go unpunished by MotoGP stewards for their horrifying collision in last week’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Petronas SRT rider Morbidelli clipped the back of Zarco’s Avintia Ducati as they both headed through the fast Turn 2 kink under braking for Turn 3 at the Red Bull Ring last Sunday, with both sent into the gravel at frightening speeds.

Zarco’s bike almost struck Maverick Vinales at the Turn 3 right-hander as it vaulted the air fence, while Morbidelli’s bike narrowly avoided both Vinales and Valentino Rossi as it slid across the track.

Morbidelli escaped with just scrapes and bruises, while Zarco fractured his wrist and will sit out Friday’s running for the Styrian GP at the same track before undergoing a fitness test on Friday afternoon.

Both Morbidelli and Zarco attended a hearing with FIM Race Direction to discuss the incident and, while

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Quartararo seeks fix for “dangerous” brake issue in MotoGP Austrian GP – MotoGP

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MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo says his struggles in the Austrian Grand Prix were a result of a “dangerous” braking issue he’d never encountered before.

Quartararo started the original race from third on the grid, but dropped to last on lap six when he ran straight on at Turn 4, explaining his front brake “was like a clutch”.

He took the restart following the horror shunt between his Petronas SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco from last, and recovered to eighth having just been pipped by Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci on the run to the finish line.

However, his second race was also hindered by the same braking issues despite his team changing “everything” on the bike, which left Quartararo to rue the loss of “easy points” because of the problem.

“[It was] really difficult because we had a technical problem during the first race and in the second,” said

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Rossi: Zarco “did not intentionally” cause horror Austrian MotoGP shunt – MotoGP

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Valentino Rossi says he knows Johann Zarco “did not intentionally” cause the horror MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix clash with Franco Morbidelli, but still called it an “error of assessment”.

Morbidelli crashed into the rear of Zarco’s Avintia Ducati as the Frenchman moved slightly off-line under braking for Turn 3 through the fast left kink of Turn 2.

The accident – happening at almost 200mph – sent both into the gravel trap hard, while Zarco’s bike only just missed Maverick Vinales’ head as it vaulted into the air upon hitting the air fence.

Rossi came frighteningly close to being wiped out by Morbidelli’s errant Petronas SRT Yamaha as it just flew between him and Vinales, with Rossi admitting “the imaged from my camera are the ones that scare me the most”.

Taking to Twitter to issue a statement, Rossi has for the first time acknowledged Zarco did not intentionally cause the

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Missed gear led Crutchlow to think he had engine issue in Austrian MotoGP – MotoGP

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Cal Crutchlow says a gear change error led him to believe his LCR Honda had developed an issue in the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix, which dropped him to 15th.

Crutchlow was running inside the top eight when he suddenly dropped to the back of the pack on lap 14 of the restarted Red Bull Ring race.

The Briton recovered to finish 15th at the chequered flag, and later explained that he was sent back down the order because he pulled of the race when he thought he’d lost drive.

But it turned out he’d selected the wrong gear coming out of the final corner and lost momentum when he clicked into the next one without realising his error.

“I made a mistake,” he said. “I thought I had a bike problem when I was in a good place actually.

“I rode well, I felt I rode well up until the

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Austrian MotoGP win didn’t prove a point to Ducati

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Dovizioso: Austria win didn’t prove a point to Ducati

Andrea Dovizioso insists his victory in the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix didn’t prove a point to Ducati just a day after his departure for 2021 was announced.

Dovizioso’s manager Simone Battistella announced on Saturday ahead of qualifying at the Red Bull Ring that the Italian would not be renewing his deal with Ducati beyond 2020, with marque confirming this soon after.

The three-time MotoGP championship runner-up wouldn’t go into detail on why he has taken this decision, but says the call was taken this weekend in order to clear his mind in the current title battle amidst a difficult season.

Taking the lead 10 laps into the 20-lap restart, Dovizioso went on to score his first victory of the season to move just 11 points off the top of the standings in second place.

Continuing Ducati’s unbeaten run

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