Great pole for Maverick ahead of Miller and Quartararo

The Yamaha rider took advantage of Mir's benchmark to do two fast laps and beat Jack by 68 thousandths. The second line, for Dovizioso, Pol and Mir.


Maverick Viñales' perfect Saturday at the Austrian GP. The Yamaha driver tentatively woke up out of Q2 and managed in the final stretch of FP3 to earn a direct spot in the final qualifying, the same one in which he was then as cunning as he was quick to sign his first pole of the season, the first from the house of tuning forks at the Red Bull Ring.

Mack knew how to take the reference of Joan Mir and, without getting to tailgating the Suzuki, he was able to go to more pulling for the Mallorcan, thus lowering his times in two consecutive laps and finally surpassing Miller by 68 thousandths and Quartararo by 87 It will be the tenth time that the Spaniard has started a MotoGP race in the first position. The previous time he did it was last year, in Australia, where he had a brilliant duel with Márquez for the victory that ended in the crash of Yamaha on the last lap. Now he will not meet Marc in his attempt at victory, because the champion is still out, and he will have before him the opportunity to become a serious title candidate again after his disappointing last two races.

Quartararo will lead the fourth round of the season with a 17-point advantage over Viñales that has made two second places and fourteenth in the first three races of the year, so it is the Spaniard who needs to win once and for all, but it will not be easy. Ducati has won all four races previously held at the Austrian circuit and has tricks to play again. Miller will start second, but it is even more threatening a Dovzioso who will start fourth, who has more rhythm, who has already won twice at this track and whose pride is hurt. His break with Ducati is official at the end of the year and now he only has to focus on trying to take advantage of the last opportunity offered to him to be MotoGP champion. He has been runner-up for the last three years and without Márquez they put him on a silver platter, but now Quartararo has emerged as a great enemy and even the KTMs are now rivals to take into account.

Pol has led the free practice sessions with the Austrian motorcycle and in Q2 he had to settle for fifth place, surely conditioned by the fall he had at the end of FP4 and which left him with only one motorcycle in the box for the official session. He is still enraged and with an extra motivation for what he experienced last Sunday in Brno, and we will have to be very attentive to his career.The second row will be closed by a Mir who unintentionally did his dirty work for Maverick, which does not mean that he has before him the opportunity in this race to get on the MotoGP podium for the first time. Behind him, in the third row, will come Morbidelli, Rins and Zarco, who reached Q2 leading Q1 ahead of Rossi. The fourth row has been for Nakagami, Oliveira and Rossi.

Farther back will Aleix (14th), who had a mess with Petrucci in Q1. The Aprilia one got between Rossi and the Ducati one, when the latter was already following the M1, and lost tempo. Danilo gave the eldest Espargaró a fight on the track and, not happy with that, gave him a comb in the pit lane on his way to the box with his Aprilia. In addition, when they repeated the maneuver on TV, the Ducati man dedicated himself to clapping for the camera and saying "bravo, bravo." The issue remained there, although a subsequent sanction may fall.

With respect to the rest of the Spanish, Lecuona will start 16th, Álex Márquez 18th and Rabat 21st.

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