09 Aug Quartararo takes sensational second in Spielberg
Fabio Quartararo will start tomorrow’s Austrian Grand Prix from a sensational second place, taking the sixth front row start of his rookie season in MotoGP at the Red Bull Ring, while team-mate Franco Morbidelli will line up for the race hoping for a good start from 14th after a strong weekend of consistency in practice.
Despite not expecting that the Spielberg circuit would play to the strengths of his Yamaha YZR-M1, Quartararo was able to nonetheless deliver stunning speed in qualifying to ensure that only Marc Marquez will line up ahead of him for tomorrow’s race. With race pace matching his time attack speed all weekend, Quartararo is quietly confident that a strong result will be possible when the lights go out.
Morbidelli goes into tomorrow’s race convinced that he can make significant progress from the fourth row, with his qualifying position not necessarily representing his pace potential. Concentrating all weekend on being consistent – mindful of expected tyre performance drop-off later in the race – Morbidelli is nevertheless aware that the opening laps of the race will be crucial for a strong result.
Tomorrow’s 28-lap Austrian Grand Prix gets underway at 1400 local time (2000 Malaysian time).