A Ducati will lead the pack at the first race of the motorbike world championship in Austria after 19 years. The qualifying for the “NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich 2016” immediately showed, how spectacularly close the race on Sunday is going to be. At the end of a thrilling afternoon at the Red Bull Ring Andre Iannone secured the pole position – not even a second before his fellow Italian Valentino Rossi had been in the top-spot among loud cheers from his fans.
But Iannone immediately stopped all celebrations by the Rossi-crowd, flew past the Italian and delivered the fastest lap with a time of 1:23.142 minutes in his last possible try. “A very good moment. We are really fast at the Red Bull Ring”, Iannone commented on the second pole position of his MotoGP-career. Rossi himself was not unhappy either: “It was difficult in training for us, but we were good in the last sector. Now we are very happy”, the Yamaha-rider explained after a laptime of 1:23.289.
Iannone-teammate Andrea Dovizioso took another Ducati to front row, securing third place. Rossi-colleague Jorge Lorenzo follows on fourth with Marc Marquez taking the fastest Honda to fifth spot.
France, Italy and Switzerland – that’s the front row for the Moto2-race on Sunday. Johann Zarco was quickest in qualifying with a time of 1:29.255 minutes and raced to pole position in front of Franco Morbidelli and Thomas Luthi.
Brad Binder of Red Bull KTM Ajo “only” came second in the Moto3 qualifying session. The South African, who was fastest in both trainings on Friday had to let Spaniard Joan Mir take pole position with the fastest lap of the session at 1:36.288 minutes. The third rider in the front of the starting grid is Italian Enea Bastianini. Bo Bendsneyder, Binders teammate, finished will start the race on Sunday from tenth position.
Marc Garcia and Jan-Ole Jähnig are the first winners of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring. Garcia won the first of the two races in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in front of fellow Spaniard Aleix Viu and Ayumu Sasaki from Japan. German Jähnig finished first in the ADAC Junior Cup powered by KTM. Czech rider David Kuban finished second in front of another German, Yannick Kruse.
Again there was plenty of action off the track as well. Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa paid another visit to their fans to sign autographs and shoot pictures. In the Spielberg MotoGP Fan Village spectacular trial- and FMX-shows entertained the crowd and live-music took care of the perfect soundtrack for the party – serving multiple tastes in different locations around the area.
Sunday will be what everybody at the Red Bull Ring has been waiting for: The “NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich 2016“ will finally take place! The action will start at 08:40 with the Moto3 warm-up, immediately followed by Moto2 and MotoGP. Moto3 will also start the racing-action 11:00, with the Moto2 just afterwards at 12:20. At 14:00 the big highlight of the weekend is waiting: The first motorbike world championship race after an absence of 19 years will start. Just before that a legendary air display by the Flying Bulls is waiting for the huge crowd.
After the MotoGP there will still be some action on the track with the second races of the weekend in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the ADAC Junior Cup powered by KTM.
World-Premiere by KTM
At 13:15 a world-premiere is waiting on the Red Bull Ring: KTM will do demonstration laps on the RC16, that was unveiled on Saturday and will race for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing in the MotoGP in 2017 – a bike the world has never officially seen racing before.
Of course there’ll also be plenty entertainment off the track at the Spielberg MotoGP Fan Village and the Spielberg MotoGP Bike City. Live music, a trial-show and DJs will get the party going long after the races are over.
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22. February 2017