Austria MotoGP: Dovizioso beats Marquez in warm-up

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso topped MotoGP's Sunday warm-up at the Red Bull Ring, beating pole-sitter Marc Marquez by a tenth of a second.

Dovizioso, again using the medium rear tyre that he had opted for in qualifying, was the only rider in the session to dip below 1m24s, posting his best time on the final lap of a 14-lap run.

As the field got up to speed with a succession of flying laps, Marquez and Dovizioso already emerged as the top runners – the Italian taking a tenth off of Marquez's initial 1m24.320s effort.

Shortly before the halfway point, Dovizioso extended his advantage over Marquez with a 1m24.103s effort, with Yamaha's Maverick Vinales – who, like Marquez, was running a medium front and hard rear tyre - slotting in between the pair.

Marquez soon retook second place and, with four minutes left on the clock, the reigning champion was finally back to the top spot, beating Dovizioso's benchmark by 0.007s.

But the Ducati rider improved twice in the final minutes of the session, capping off warm-up with a 1m23.979s effort at the chequered flag.

Marquez remained second, with Vinales settling for third, the Yamaha rider three tenths off Dovizioso.

Honda works rider Dani Pedrosa moved up from 10th to fourth at the chequered flag, shuffling down Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi to fifth and sixth.

Pol Espargaro was an encouraging seventh for KTM, followed by Pramac Ducati's Scott Redding, Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and Aspar Ducati's Alvaro Bautista.

Tech 3's Jonas Folger was the only rider to crash during the session, the German taking a fall at the Turn 4 right-hander. He placed 15th, four spots ahead of teammate Johann Zarco.

Warm-up results:

1 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'23.979  
2 93 spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'24.096 0.117
3 25 spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'24.311 0.332
4 26 spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'24.435 0.456
5 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'24.449 0.470
6 46 italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'24.527 0.548
7 44 spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1'24.541 0.562
8 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 1'24.595 0.616
9 41 spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'24.597 0.618
10 19 spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'24.636 0.657
11 9 italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'24.712 0.733
12 29 italy Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'24.834 0.855
13 76 france Loris Baz Ducati 1'24.922 0.943
14 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham Ducati 1'24.951 0.972
15 94 germany Jonas Folger Yamaha 1'25.003 1.024
16 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith KTM 1'25.035 1.056
17 8 spain Hector Barbera Ducati 1'25.063 1.084
18 36 finland Mika Kallio KTM 1'25.084 1.105
19 5 france Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'25.106 1.127
20 42 spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'25.151 1.172
21 43 australia Jack Miller Honda 1'25.253 1.274
22 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'25.341 1.362
23 53 spain Tito Rabat Honda 1'25.425 1.446
24 22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes Aprilia 1'25.943 1.964
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Series MotoGP
Event Austrian GP
Track Red Bull Ring
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso , Marc Marquez , Maverick Viñales
Teams Ducati Team
Article type Practice report