It was a busy first day at the Austrian GP for Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, as they rode the RC213V at the Red Bull Ring for the first time, in ambient temperatures that only reached a chilly 15° C and a track temperature of 18° C.

Marc was sixth fastest this morning, while Dani struggled to find a good pace in the even cooler temperatures and suffered a turn 9 crash from which he thankfully escaped uninjured. This afternoon the Repsol Honda pair focused their work on the setup, choosing to ride the whole session without changing their Michelin tyres, a soft-front, hard-rear combination for Marc and a soft-soft pairing for Dani.

Tomorrow will see the second day of action at the Red Bull Ring, with weather forecasts showing much higher temperatures, and both Marc and Dani are confident they’ll improve their pace and speed as they get completely familiar with the new track.

MarquezMarc Marquez

10TH  1’25.039

It has basically been a day to gather data for the race and to find the reference points with a MotoGP bike for this track, which is new. It’s short but it has many braking points, and we haven’t ridden here with carbon brakes before. All in all, I’m generally happy with how it went today; we’re tenth but it’s not our real position, as we didn’t use a new and softer rear spec tyre. We’ll continue working in the same direction tomorrow, as I think it’s the right one, with the aim to be at least in the top five and to fight for the podium on Sunday.

PedrosaDani Pedrosa

19TH  1’26.130

It has been a demanding day with such low temperatures. I particularly struggled this morning and I had quite a fast crash, losing time and honestly also some confidence. Things went a bit better this afternoon, with a little warmer temperature, even if it was still difficult to put heat in the tyres. The fact that we didn’t know the track so well didn’t help either, but we’ll continue working and we look to improve tomorrow.”

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’23.617
2 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 0.238
3 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.854
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 0.866
5 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1.071
6 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 1.249
7 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 1.339
8 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1.371
9 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team 1.371
10 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1.422
11 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Aspar MotoGP Team 1.425
12 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 1.523
13 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1.604
14 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1.704
15 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2.153
16 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2.265
17 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2.324
18 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 2.328
19 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 2.513
20 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2.532
21 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 2.852
22 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing 2.874