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What happened in first Austrian Grand Prix MotoGP practice

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
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Pramac Ducati rider Johann Zarco took first place in the opening practice session of MotoGP’s Austrian Grand Prix weekend at the Red Bull Ring.


Key moments:

> Zarco four tenths clear on new tyre

> Marquez crashes at low speed

> No KTMs in top 13


With first practice no longer counting towards automatic passage to Q2, the lack of late soft-tyre ‘time attack’ laps allowed for Fabio Quartararo’s early benchmark to remain until the chequered flag – although it was finally surpassed moments after it flew, and by a considerable margin.

The LCR Honda-linked Zarco fired in a 1m29.838s, going four tenths of a second clear of his French compatriot, with the gap from Zarco to Quartararo around the same as the gap down from Quartararo to his Yamaha team-mate Franco Morbidelli in 13th place.

Zarco’s lap was aided by a fresh medium rear tyre, while Quartararo had done the whole session on the same set.

Maverick Vinales – who like Quartararo stuck to the same set – was third for Aprilia, followed by Gresini Ducati rider Alex Marquez, who had his first run in the session compromised by big plumes of smoke billowing out from his front brake disc.

Marco Bezzecchi was fifth behind Marquez, despite a couple of visits to the run-off area during the session, while Marquez’s Gresini team-mate Fabio Di Giannantonio moved up to sixth late on.

LCR Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami was the best of the Japanese marque’s representatives in seventh, albeit just a tenth down on Quartararo in second.

The only brand absent from the top 10 was the local firm KTM, which had Brad Binder as its highest-placed rider in 14th.

Honda’s six-time champion Marc Marquez was one of two riders to crash during the session, falling off at low speed in the gravel on the edge of the track after coming in too hot into Turn 4 – Schlossgold. Marquez had an extensive trip through the gravel at the same corner earlier in the session, which came moments after Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro did the same.

The elder Marquez and team-mate Mir both have Honda’s new aero package this weekend, albeit Marquez wasn’t running it at the time of his crash.

Rookie Augusto Fernandez was the other crasher, the Tech3 Gas Gas man tipping off at the apex of the first part of Red Bull Ring’s MotoGP-specific chicane – which had been introduced back in 2022.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Johann Zarco Prima Pramac Racing Ducati 1m29.838s
2 Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.399s +0.399s 1m30.237s
3 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing Aprilia +0.012s +0.411s 1m30.249s
4 Alex Marquez Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.037s +0.448s 1m30.286s
5 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.019s +0.467s 1m30.305s
6 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.002s +0.469s 1m30.307s
7 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +0.031s +0.5s 1m30.338s
8 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.029s +0.529s 1m30.367s
9 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Aprilia +0.009s +0.538s 1m30.376s
10 Jorge Martin Prima Pramac Racing Ducati +0.053s +0.591s 1m30.429s
11 Enea Bastianini Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.03s +0.621s 1m30.459s
12 Joan Mir Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.001s +0.622s 1m30.46s
13 Franco Morbidelli Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.182s +0.804s 1m30.642s
14 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.104s +0.908s 1m30.746s
15 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.032s +0.94s 1m30.778s
16 Pol Espargaró GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 KTM +0.019s +0.959s 1m30.797s
17 Miguel Oliveira CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia +0.024s +0.983s 1m30.821s
18 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.035s +1.018s 1m30.856s
19 Augusto Fernandez GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 KTM +0.164s +1.182s 1m31.02s
20 Raul Fernandez CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia +0.212s +1.394s 1m31.232s
21 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia Racing Aprilia +0.051s +1.445s 1m31.283s
22 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.083s +1.528s 1m31.366s
23 Iker Lecuona Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.519s +2.047s 1m31.885s
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