Francesco Bagnaia Secures Pole for the Austrian Grand Prix
Franceso Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) secured pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix after setting a 1m28.539 in qualifying this morning. The finish marks his 50th consecutive front row start in MotoGP. The lap came in the closing seconds of the qualifying session. Bagnaia had previously posted a time that secured him third fastest but pushed on for an addition lap which would be the one to give him pole position in Austria. Bagnaia secured pole by a margin of 0.037 seconds. Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) finished P2 ahead of Brad Binder (KTM). Binder who was fourth fastest in Practice improved one position.
The Red Bull Ring is a home race for the KTM side. Binder’s teammate Alex Miller will start P4 on the grid. The two will try to improve to shoot for a double podium this weekend. Both bikes are in striking distance as long as they stay poised. Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing) will have his work cut out for him starting P7 in a difficult and disappointing qualifying for the Italian. All 23 riders on grid completed the session.