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MotoGP Austrian GP

MotoGP Austrian GP: Bezzecchi leads Vinales by 0.044s in FP2

Marco Bezzecchi led second practice for the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix for VR46 Ducati despite stopping on track late on.

Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team

With team owner and mentor Valentino Rossi in attendance at the Red Bull Ring this weekend, Bezzecchi set a new lap record on the revised Spielberg layout to lead Friday's second session by 0.044s.

Bezzecchi did stop on track on the run down to Turn 4 at the end of the session having run out of fuel before the chequered flag.

He headed Aprilia's Maverick Vinales and championship leader Francesco Bagnaia on the factory Ducati, while Fabio Quartararo bagged a place in qualifying Q2 on his factory Yamaha.

The hour-long afternoon session was delayed by 10 minutes due to an incident in the preceding Moto2 FP2 leading to an air fence needing to be replaced.

When the action got underway, the track was a hive of activity as rain threatened above the Styrian hills.

Ducati's Bagnaia set the early pace with a 1m30.511s five minutes in before Vinales took over with a 1m29.618s on a fresh medium rear tyre.

Bezzecchi took his first trip to the top of the order with a 1m29.569s moments later, also on a medium rear, before KTM's Brad Binder went quicker with a 1m29.559s on a fresh soft tyre.

With just over 10 minutes of the session gone, Bezzecchi found a 1m29.450s, which would stand as the benchmark until Vinales fitted a fresh soft rear tyre 12 minutes later.

The Aprilia rider stormed clear of the pack with a 1m29.075s and would go unchallenged until the final 10 minutes.

Just over halfway into second practice, rain flags began to wave as spots sprinkled parts of the track.

The rain never amounted to much and faster laps continued to flow in, with Bagnaia going top with a 1m28.821s with just under nine minutes left.

But a 1m28.533s from Bezzecchi on his year-old VR46 Ducati would prove to be the time that sealed top spot, as Vinales slotted in between him and Bagnaia.

Binder was fourth at the end from the Pramac pair of Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin, while British GP winner Aleix Espargaro made a late charge up to seventh on his Aprilia to secure a direct Q2 place for Saturday morning.

Alex Marquez was eighth on his Gresini Ducati from Quartararo and RNF Aprilia's Miguel Oliveira.

Luca Marini just missed out on a Q2 place by 0.026s on the second of the VR46 Ducatis, while Marc Marquez was denied a top-10 spot after a late run-in with Pol Espargaro.

Having been inside the top 10 in the closing stages of second practice, Marquez was forced to abort a good lap having been caught out by a touring Tech3 of Espargaro.

Both will face Q1 on Saturday morning, while the stewards are currently investigating the incident.

Joining them in Q1 will be the factory Ducati of Enea Bastianini, who was left 16th after a late Turn 2 crash, while Jack Miller couldn't match team-mate Binder's form in 14th.

 
 
         
Driver Info
 
 
 
   
Cla Rider # Bike Laps Time Interval km/h Speed Trap
1 Italy M. Bezzecchi Marco Bezzecchi Team VR46 72 Ducati 24 1'28.533   175.907  
2 Spain M. Viñales Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing Team 12 Aprilia 22 +0.044 0.044 175.819  
3 Italy F. Bagnaia Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Team 1 Ducati 21 +0.288 0.244 175.336  
4 South Africa B. Binder Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 33 KTM 29 +0.330 0.042 175.254  
5 France J. Zarco Johann Zarco Pramac Racing 5 Ducati 28 +0.388 0.058 175.139  
6 Spain J. Martin Jorge Martin Pramac Racing 89 Ducati 28 +0.479 0.091 174.960  
7 Spain A. Espargaro Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing Team 41 Aprilia 22 +0.519 0.040 174.882  
8 Spain A. Marquez Alex Marquez Gresini Racing 73 Ducati 26 +0.563 0.044 174.795  
9 France F. Quartararo Fabio Quartararo Yamaha Factory Racing 20 Yamaha 30 +0.622 0.059 174.680  
10 Portugal M. Oliveira Miguel Oliveira RNF Racing 88 Aprilia 26 +0.627 0.005 174.670  
11 Italy L. Marini Luca Marini Team VR46 10 Ducati 29 +0.653 0.026 174.619  
12 Italy F. Di Giannantonio Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing 49 Ducati 29 +0.777 0.124 174.376  
13 Spain M. Marquez Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 93 Honda 26 +0.823 0.046 174.287  
14 Australia J. Miller Jack Miller Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 43 KTM 30 +0.867 0.044 174.201  
15 Spain P. Espargaro Pol Espargaro Tech 3 44 KTM 22 +0.953 0.086 174.033  
16 Italy E. Bastianini Enea Bastianini Ducati Team 23 Ducati 27 +0.982 0.029 173.977  
17 Italy F. Morbidelli Franco Morbidelli Yamaha Factory Racing 21 Yamaha 24 +1.088 0.106 173.771  
18 Japan T. Nakagami Takaaki Nakagami Team LCR 30 Honda 25 +1.197 0.109 173.560  
19 Spain R. Fernández Raúl Fernández RNF Racing 25 Aprilia 25 +1.256 0.059 173.446  
20 Spain A. Fernandez Augusto Fernandez Tech 3 37 KTM 28 +1.334 0.078 173.296  
21 Italy L. Savadori Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia Racing Team 32 Aprilia 25 +1.470 0.136 173.034  
22 Spain I. Lecuona Iker Lecuona Team LCR 27 Honda 26 +1.690 0.220 172.612  
23 Spain J. Mir Joan Mir Repsol Honda Team 36 Honda 22 +1.819 0.129 172.365  

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