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MotoGP: Marc Marquez beats Andrea Dovizioso to pole by 0.002s

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MotoGP: Marc Marquez beats Andrea Dovizioso to pole by 0.002s
Image of Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez celebrating after qualifying in first place for Sunday’s race.

 

MotoGP World Champion Marc Márquez will start the Austrian Grand Prix on pole position after beating Italian Andrea Dovizioso by 0.002 seconds in qualifying on Saturday.

Marquez set a time of one minute and 23,241 seconds on his seventh lap to beat the Ducati rider by the smallest margin in the age of electronic timing since the 2003 Grand Prix of Germany.

Italian Max Biaggi overtook Jeremy McWilliams by 0.002 seconds in qualifying for that race.

Dovizioso’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo took third place in the front row for Sunday’s race at the Red Bull circuit.

Another Ducati rider, Danilo Petrucci, was fourth fastest ahead of Britain’s Cal Crutchlow and France’s Johann Zarco.

Four-time champion Marquez has 181 points after 10 races at the top of the championship and is well positioned to extend his 49-point lead over second-placed Valentino Rossi.

The great Italian couldn’t make it through the first qualifying round and will start in fourteenth place.

Qualifying results:

Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 1’23.241
2 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1’23.243 0.002
3 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1’23.376 0.135
4 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1’23.503 0.262
5 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1’23.812 0.571
6 5 France Johann Zarco Yamaha 1’23.887 0.646
7 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1’23.922 0.681
8 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1’24.091 0.850
9 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 1’24.124 0.883
10 42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1’24.227 0.986
11 25 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1’24.284 1.043
12 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1’24.342 1.101
Q2 cut-off: 1’24.230
13 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith KTM 1’24.245 1.004
14 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1’24.309 1.068
15 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1’24.762 1.521
16 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1’24.805 1.564
17 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha 1’24.834 1.593
18 10 Belgium Xavier Simeon Ducati 1’24.868 1.627
19 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Honda 1’24.767 1.526
20 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding Aprilia 1’25.067 1.826
21 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1’25.178 1.937
22 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi Honda 1’25.310 2.069
23 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 1’25.339 2.098