Pol Espargaró surpasses himself and beats the Ducati

He is the only driver in FP2 who has been able to beat Miller and Dovizioso's morning times. The leader Quartararo starts the 14th and with several track starts.


Pol Espargaró is doing more than enough to reach his first podium with the KTM in the dry, a first podium that could even come in the form of victory. He already did it in the wet, in the 2018 Valencia race, with a third place. Now, at the Styrian GP, he will go to sleep after the first day as the fastest rider of the day in the combined times, just as he did last Friday at the Austrian GP, where he was later the leader of the race until that the red flag appeared due to the accident of Zarco and Morbidelli.

And it is that the youngest of the Espargaró has surpassed himself, improving by half a second his time of seven days ago to start and being at the same time the only driver capable of reducing the times that Miller and Dovizioso signed in the morning, to giving Ducati a double to start at his favorite circuit. This is because the house of Borgo Panigale has won every MotoGP race that has been held at Spielberg's Red Bull Ring since it returned to the World Championship calendar in 2016. Dovizioso has done it three times, one Iannone and another Lorenzo. Now Dovi will be the favorite again, but with the permission of a Pol who does not give up in his efforts to win with the KTM, something that his boxing partner, Binder, already did in Brno.

Behind the first three and until closing the top ten with provisional direct access to Q2, Oliveira, Nakagami, Mir, Rins, Maverick, Morbidelli and Binder. Further back, Lecuona started 11th, Aleix 12th, Álex Márquez 15th and Rabat 20th.

It should be noted that Rossi started 14th, something that is no longer news because it goes from less to more in each grand prix, and that Quartararo has done it with fifteenth place. In the case of the leader of the general classification, with 11 points of advantage over Dovizioso, it is shocking to see him so far behind and with as much departure from the track as he has starred in this first day. In Sunday's race he ran out of brakes in the first heat and that condemned him to start last in the second, in which he could only go back to eighth place. Now he starts knowing that on Saturday he will have to row against the current to get a good place on the grid that gives him hope of fighting for something important on Sunday.

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