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Austrian MotoGP, Qualifying Results | Pecco Bagnaia sends a message with Spielberg pole

Pecco Bagnaia, Ducati Lenovo Team, Ducati GP23, 2023 MotoGP, Dutch TT, Assen, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

Pecco Bagnaia ramped up the pressure on his 2023 MotoGP World Championship title rivals by taking pole position of the Austrian MotoGP at Spielberg.

The reigning champion left it until his final time attack to pop up into the top spot, the Italian nudging ahead of Maverick Vinales to take pole by just under four hundredths of a second.

An important boost for the Ducati Lenovo Team rider, Bagnaia's run to pole gives him a significant advantage over his two closest rivals in the overall standings after Marco Bezzecchi and Jorge Martin could only manage seventh and 12th respectively.


Prior to Bagnaia's rapid final effort, pole position had looked to be going the way of Vinales for what would have been his first MotoGP pole position since joining Aprilia.

The Spaniard's 1m 28.576secs lap kept him fastest until the final stages, though second still represents his best qualifying performance on the Aprilia RS-GP.

The same went for Brad Binder too, who toasted news of his new KTM deal by landing his first-ever front row start in third place. Indeed, it was a strong morning for the manufacturer at its home venue with Jack Miller progressing from Q1 to secure fourth at the end of Q2.

He will share row two with Alex Marquez, though he could face a reprimand for touring in the path of Martin in the final seconds, ruining the Spaniard's last time attack. Like Miller, Luca Marino made it past Q1 to secure sixth on the grid, ahead of VR46 team-mate Bezzecchi, the Italian unable to tap into his lap record pace of Friday as he made do with seventh

Miguel Oliveira secured a spot in the middle of row three, where he will be joined by Fabio Quartararo, while Johann Zarco, Alex Espargaro - who suffered a tip off at Turn 4 - and a disgruntled Martin make up row four.

2023 Austrian MotoGP | Spielberg, Austria | Qualifying Results | Round 10 of 20
PosNameNat.TeamBikeLap Time
1Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 28.539
2Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 28.576
3Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 28.653
4Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 28.769
5Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 28.828
6Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 28.839
7Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 28.908
8Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 28.966
9Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 29.034
10Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 29.113
11Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 29.245
12Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 30.367
13Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 29.295
14Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 29.365
15Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 29.446
16Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 29.454
17Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 29.476
18Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 29.479
19Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 29.508
20Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 29.681
21Iker Lecuona🇪🇦LCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 29.751
22Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 29.769
23Lorenzo Savadori🇮🇹Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 29.962

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