MotoGP 2020. Austrian GP. FP1: Pol Espargaro in front of everyone – MotoGP

Clouds, but for the moment it is not raining: according to the weather, FP1 could also be the only dry tests. For the moment, in front of everyone is a KTM, that of Pol Espargaro: it certainly cannot be a surprise.

Here, as had already happened to Brno, KTM has tried in the previous weeks using the concessions and Pol proved ready, with a reference pace, as well as an excellent “dry” lap. Last race winner struggles much harder: Brad Binder, at his debut on this track with the MotoGP, he is only 16th at 0 ”812 behind his teammate. Paradoxically, it is the South African driver’s hardest turn: surprising, but not too much, because we must not forget that Brad is still a rookie.

Dovi is back

On the friendly trail, Andrea Dovizioso is back competitive, second at 0 ”044 and he too with a good pace. Starting immediately strong, Andrea seems much more at ease than last week, even if he loses a lot in T3, the only sector with curves where smoothness counts: that is to say, which is still not perfectly in place with the balance of the bike. But at the end of the session, his face inside the garage expressed satisfaction: it is certainly a good start.

Dovi thus returns to being the first Ducati rider, with Johann Zarco seventh, Jack Miller ninth, Danilo Petrucci 12th (according to the data provided, in the final Danilo would have lapped with a wet front tire in the final minutes) and Michele Pirro, who replaces the injured Pecco Bagnaia, only 17th. Michele hadn’t ridden a MotoGP for a long time (since June) and rightly needs to take this bike in hand, but his difficulties could confirm that the GP20 struggles with the 2020 Michelins. Just a guess at the moment.

Yamaha in trouble

In the first four places there are four bikes: KTM, Ducati, Suzuki with an excellent Joan Mir (at his MotoGP debut on this track, last year he wasn’t here due to injury) e Honda con Takaaki Nakagami (his alternation of results would seem to confirm Dovizioso’s words: no rider has the situation in hand with these tires yet).

The Yamaha is therefore sensationally missing, which seems to suffer a lot on the straights and, above all, the restarts from very low speed: the best is Franco Morbidelli, sixth, with Fabio Quartararo tenth, Maverick Vinales 11th and Vaentino Rossi 13th. At the moment, therefore, the M1 is struggling more than expected, as sporting director Maio Meregalli also admitted. Aprilia is also in difficulty, far behind for the moment.

I 10 in Q2

If the forecasts were to be confirmed, therefore with rain in the next rounds, the top ten drivers would enter Q2. Here they are: P. Espargaro, Dovizioso, Mir, Nakagami, Kidneys, Morbidelli, Zarco, Oliveira, Miller, Quartararo.

The ranking of FP1

Pos. On one. The ball Nation Team Motorcycle Km / h Date and time Distance 1st / Prev.
1 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 311.2 1’24.193
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 313.9 1’24.237 0.044 / 0.044
3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 308.5 1’24.378 0.185 / 0.141
4 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 310.3 1’24.573 0.380 / 0.195
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 306.8 1’24.588 0.395 / 0.015
6 5 Johann ZARCO FROM Esponsorama Racing Ducati 308.5 1’24.655 0.462 / 0.067
7 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA BY Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 306.8 1’24.718 0.525 / 0.063
8 43 Jack MILLER OUT Pramac Racing Ducati 306.8 1’24.724 0.531 / 0.006
9 36 Joan MIR SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 305.9 1’24.743 0.550 / 0.019
10 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FROM Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 306.8 1’24.753 0.560 / 0.010
11 12 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 305.9 1’24.779 0.586 / 0.026
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 308.5 1’24.837 0.644 / 0.058
13 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 302.5 1’24.879 0.686 / 0.042
14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 307.6 1’24.944 0.751 / 0.065
15 27 Iker LECUONA SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 306.8 1’24.991 0.798 / 0.047
16 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 306.8 1’25.005 0.812 / 0.014
17 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 309.4 1’25.152 0.959 / 0.147
18 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 306.8 1’25.165 0.972 / 0.013
19 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 308.5 1’25.249 1.056 / 0.084
20 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 309.4 1’25.297 1.104 / 0.048
21 6 Stefan BRADL GIVE Repsol Honda Team Honda 310.3 1’25.371 1.178 / 0.074
22 53 Tito RABAT SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 302.5 1’25.729 1.536 / 0.358
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