Bezzecchi Beats Brave Martin to Spielberg Pole


Marco Bezzecchi - Spielberg - Pole Position
Marco Bezzecchi - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Marco Bezzecchi claimed his maiden Moto3 pole position after seeing off the brave challenge of Jorge Martin on a drying track in Austria. The championship leader shrugged off a crash midway through the session to take pole position, eight hundredths of a second quicker than Martin who is riding just seven days after surgery on a broken wrist.

With the heavy rain from Friday and Saturday morning having passed, the track conditions improved throughout the session, placing added importance on being on track in the dying seconds. John McPhee wouldn’t get that opportunity though after two crashes on wet tyres, leaving him last on the grid, while Bezzecchi was fortunate to re-join after tumbling at turn three.

With seven minutes remaining, Philipp Oettl was the first rider to gamble on slicks and instantly leapt to the top of the standings. The German continued to lower the benchmark time before being usurped by Bezzecchi once the Italian had switched to dry tyres himself. The big shock came from Martin though who, despite his obvious pain and discomfort, grabbed provisional pole with 20 seconds remaining on a 1:39.259.

The Gresini rider, who has already taken six pole positions this season, improved again with his final lap of the afternoon but hopes of a remarkable seventh pole had already been dashed by Bezzecchi whose 1:38.617 saw him narrowly pip his title rival. Le Mans winner Albert Arenas was another to strike late, taking third ahead of Aron Canet, while Tony Arbolino and Gabriel Rodrigo made up the second row.

Marcos Ramirez took seventh, relegating Oettl to eighth, while Enea Bastianini and Adam Norrodin rounded out the top ten.

 

Moto3 eyetime Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich: (Qualifying)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
112. Marco BezzecchiKTMRedox PruestelGP1:38.617
288. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto31:38.695
375. Albert ArenasKTMAngel Nieto Team Moto31:39.255
444. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:39.500
514. Tony ArbolinoHondaMarinelli Snipers Team1:39.548
619. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Skull Rider1:39.876
742. Marcos RamirezKTMBester Capital Dubai1:39.901
865. Philipp OettlKTMSudmetal Schedl GP Racing1:40.022
933. Enea BastianiniHondaLeopard Racing1:40.125
107. Adam NorrodinHondaPetronas Sprinta Racing1:40.295
1148. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHondaLeopard Racing1:40.406
125. Jaume MasiaKTMBester Capital Dubai1:40.420
1384. Jakub KornfeilKTMRedox PruestelGP1:40.494
1423. Niccolo AntonelliHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse1:40.496
1510. Dennis FoggiaKTMSky Racing Team VR461:40.608
1621. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto31:40.712
1724. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse1:40.759
1871. Ayumu SasakiHondaPetronas Sprinta Racing1:40.848
1916. Andrea MignoKTMAngel Nieto Team Moto31:40.944
2072. Alonso LopezHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:40.996
2181. Stefano NepaKTMCIP - Green Power1:41.127
228. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR461:41.779
2373. Maximilian KoflerKTMMotorsport Kofler1:42.171
2441. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia1:42.362
2522. Kazuki MasakiKTMRBA BOE Skull Rider1:42.501
2632. Ai OguraHondaAsia Talent Team1:43.361
2740. Darryn BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:43.945
2827. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia1:43.993
2977. Vicente PerezKTMReale Avintia Academy 771:45.474
NQ17. John McPheeKTMCIP - Green Power1:46.150