Marquez Flies To Red Bull Ring Pole

Marc Marquez on his way to the pole Saturday at the Red Bull Ring. (Honda Photo)
Marc Marquez was second Sunday at the Red Bull Ring. (Honda Photo)

SPIELBURG, Austria – Marc Marquez rocketed to the pole in MotoGP qualifying on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring.

Marquez had a significant advantage over the field, with his track record lap of 1:23.027 putting him nearly half a second ahead of his closest competition during qualifying.

“It was a really good lap but I was looking for the 1:22,” Marquez said after his 59th MotoGP pole. “But I did a mistake in the last sector and I went too wide in turn 10. Apart from that we did a great job and during FP4 we had a great rhythm, which is the most important thing. Today was a great day, everything and everyone in the team was working so well. We just need to understand the best tyre for tomorrow and let’s do it. We will try to fight until the end and see what happens.”

Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo qualified second, .434 seconds behind Marquez at the conclusion of qualifying. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso qualified third to complete the front row.

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales will start fourth, followed by Francesco Bagnaia for Pramac Racing and Takaaki Nakagami for LCR Honda. Alex Rins, Jack Miller, Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi completed the top-10.