Pol is vindicated with the KTM and Dovizioso is already back

They command the FP1 times due to the rain in FP2, with Pol in front with the winning bike in Brno and the Italian second with a Ducati that always wins in Austria.


Sonora vindication at the start of the Austrian GP of Pol Espargaró on the back of the KTM, a motorcycle with which he has been working for almost four years and which is finally the winner, although not yet in his hands ... It was Binder who had the honor last Sunday in Brno to give the Austrian brand its first victory in MotoGP and Pol, who could not fight to win until the end because he went to the ground in a touch with Zarco, also wants to taste the honeys of victory with the motorcycle orange before going to Honda next year. The Spaniard agreed with sportsmanship that it was the South African and not he who achieved that long-awaited victory for the Mattighofen factory, but he went out on the track today more spurred than ever and led practically at all times the first free practice of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring , which was the one that counted for the times table, because the FP2 was a ruin because of the water that fell at some point in the circuit, especially in turn 3. That made the asphalt not suitable for testing neither dry nor wet.

This first place for Pol is more important than other first ones in identical sessions. This is because rain is expected for the afternoon sessions and for tomorrow's day, Saturday, so if these forecasts are met, this first classification could be the one that prevails in the combined and the one that decides which drivers go directly to the Q2 and which ones are required to go through Q1. For now, those who can go to rest more calmly are the aforementioned Pol more Dovizioso, Nakagami, Rins, Morbidelli, Zarco, Oliveira, Miller (he led in the afternoon ahead of Lecuona and Oliveira), Mir and Quartararo.

The return of Dovizioso to the top positions is very remarkable. He does it at a circuit where Ducati has always won, twice by Andrea, another by Iannone and once by Lorenzo. The Italian is forced to be at the front on this track, something that was not at all clear seeing his disappointing Czech weekend. In Brno he qualified 18th for the grid and could only be 11th in the race, and all this in a weekend in which Marc Márquez was back down, the only driver who had deprived him of victory last year in that race. track. In the current one, Dovi was able to beat Marc with last lap overtaking in the last corner in 2019, and the Spaniard will now watch the race from home again, so the Ducati driver should be the main favorite with the permission of the teams. KTM, which are the fashionable motorcycles at the moment. Of course, more for Pol than for Binder, who started the home GP for his factory in a disconcerting sixteenth place, 0.812 behind his boxing partner.

The one who looks good again, but still has to explode in the race, is Mir, who achieved the third best time although later they canceled the lap due to the appearance of the yellow flag, due to a fall without consequences by Smith. In the end he finished ninth and took the cancellation of that lap with good humor. Has speed and pace for more.

The first Honda was Nakagami's (third ahead of Rins) and the Yamaha confirmed at the first changers that they were not on their best stop and go circuit. The best on an M1 was Morbidelli with fifth place, with Quartararo in tenth position. The one who has settled in the top positions with the idea of staying in them for a long time is Zarco (sixth) and Oliveira is another sign with his seventh place that the KTMs really play at home. They have had the opportunity to ride on this circuit, as they already did on the Brno and Misano circuits, and that gives them an important extra information and confidence.

Out of the top ten places were Maverick (11th), Rossi (13th), Lecuona (15th), Aleix (18th), Álex Márquez (19th) and Rabat (22nd). To conclude, it should be noted that the time recorded by Pol of 1: 24.4 is four tenths slower than that recorded in this same session last year by Márquez to be the fastest.

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