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MotoGP Red Bull Ring: Honda's Marquez secures third-straight pole

Honda's Marc Marquez claimed his third consecutive MotoGP pole position of 2017 at the Red Bull Ring, leading the two factory Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.

Marquez only recorded one flying lap before his standard mid-session pitstop, but his time of 1m23.473s left him with a convincing lead of seven-tenths.

While subsequent improvements from the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales as well as Dovizioso reduced that advantage to 0.340 seconds, Honda rider Marquez went a further two tenths quicker with a minute left on the clock to consolidate provisional pole.

Ducati pair Dovizioso and Lorenzo came closest to that effort but could not better Marquez's best of 1m23.235s, ending up 0.144s and 0.386s off the pace respectively.

The pole is Marquez's fifth of the 2017 season.

Vinales held on to fourth by 0.026s as Danilo Petrucci brought the third 2017-spec Pramac Ducati into the top five.

Johann Zarco, who ran off-scheduled with his qualifying runs compared to his rivals after opting to join the track later and not pit in the middle of the session, was sixth on his Tech3 Yamaha.

Rossi had to settle for seventh, followed by the Hondas of Dani Pedrosa - who had negotiated the first part of qualifying - and satellite LCR rider Cal Crutchlow.

Andrea Iannone Suzukie MotoGP Red Bull Ring 2017

Suzuki's Andrea Iannone was 10th, 12 months after claiming pole for the 2016 race at the Red Bull Ring.

The 2015-spec Ducatis of Karel Abraham (Aspar) and Loris Baz (Avintia) took 11th and 12th respectively having both advanced directly into Q2.

Tech3's second rider Jonas Folger was the fastest of those knocked out in Q1 behind Petrucci and Pedrosa.

The German reverted to his old chassis after using a new one in last Monday's Brno test and on Friday in Austria, but his final flying lap was only good enough to edge Hector Barbera out for 13th on the grid.

Avintia Ducati's Barbera was second behind Pedrosa after the first set of flyers, but couldn't improve enough to secure a spot in Q2.

Pramac's Scott Redding ended up 0.001s slower than Barbera in 15th, as Pol Espargaro claimed 16th for KTM.

Aprilia suffered a disappointing session as Aleix Espargaro qualified in 20th, three places ahead of team-mate Sam Lowes.

Qualifying result:

PosRiderTeamBikeGap
1Marc MarquezHondaHonda1m23.235s
2Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati0.144s
3Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati0.386s
4Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha0.519s
5Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati0.545s
6Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha0.644s
7Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha0.747s
8Dani PedrosaHondaHonda0.750s
9Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda0.789s
10Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki0.950s
11Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati0.985s
12Loris BazAvintia DucatiDucati1.248s
13Jonas FolgerTech3 YamahaYamaha0.780s
14Hector BarberaAvintia DucatiDucati0.801s
15Scott ReddingPramac DucatiDucati0.802s
16Pol EspargaroKTMKTM0.866s
17Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati0.967s
18Mika KallioKTMKTM1.026s
19Jack MillerMVDS HondaHonda1.086s
20Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1.212s
21Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki1.213s
22Bradley SmithKTMKTM1.295s
23Sam LowesApriliaAprilia1.617s
24Tito RabatMVDS HondaHonda1.665s


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