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Austrian MotoGP, Friday Practice | Bezzecchi on hunt for third straight pole as he tops Friday

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Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Ducati, Ducati GP22, 2023 MotoGP, Austrian MotoGP, Spielberg, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

Marco Bezzecchi established himself as the man to beat heading into Saturday's all-important qualifying session for the Austrian MotoGP as he paced Friday Practice in Spielberg.

Despite the ever-present threat of the heavens opening during the second-half of the session, lap times came down rapidly in the closing stages with Bezzecchi circulating the Styrian venue quickest of all with a lap recordf-breaking 1m 28.533secs.

Holding onto the top spot at the flag despite his VR46 Ducati coming to a halt soon afterwards with a technical issue, Bezzecchi was run closely by Aprilia's Maverick Vinales, the Spaniard just +0.044s adrift of his rival.


Pecco Bagnaia completed the top three having held down the top spot in the closing stages, with KTM's Brad Binder and FP1 pace setter Johann Zarco booking their place into Q2 comfortably in fourth and fifth.

Zarco's Pramac Ducati team-mate Jorge Martin followed suit in sixth, together with Aleix Espargaro on the second factory Aprilia and Alex Marquez on the Gresini Ducati in eighth.

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After slumping to his worst qualifying result at Silverstone, Fabio Quartararo was back inside Q2 with the ninth best time on the factory Yamaha, while Miguel Oliveira also assured himself of a shot at pole position as the tenth and final inductee.

Missing the cut by +0.026s, Luca Marini will have to go again in Q1, as will Fabio di Giannantonio and Marc Marquez, the latter missing his chance after getting baulked by Pol Espargaro late on. Other high-profile riders to miss out included 2022 Austrian MotoGP pole sitter Enea Bastianini in 16th and Jack Miller in 14th

Austrian MotoGP, Spielberg | Friday Practice Results

Friday | Conditions - Dry, Spots of Rain
2023 Austrian MotoGP | Spielberg, Austria | Friday Practice 1 Results | Round 10 of 20
RiderNationTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 28.533
2Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 28.577
3Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 28.821
4Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 28.863
5Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 28.921
6Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 29.012
7Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 29.052
8Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 29.096
9Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 29.155
10Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 29.160
11Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 29.186
12Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 29.310
13Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 29.356
14Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 29.400
15Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 29.486
16Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 29.515
17Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 29.621
18Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 29.730
19Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 29.789
20Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 29.867
21Lorenzo Savadori🇮🇹Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 30.003
22Iker Lecuona🇪🇦LCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 30.223
23Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 30.352

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