Red Bull Ring MotoGP Race Day Guide
Statistics compiled by Dr. Martin Raines
MotoGP Race Day Guide Austria 2016
- Andrea Iannone is on pole for just the second time in the MotoGP class – his other was at Mugello last year. Iannone is the first Italian rider to qualify on pole for a premier-class grand prix in Austria since Giacomo Agostini back in 1975 at the Salzburgring.
- In second place on the grid is Valentino Rossi – his seventh front row start of 2016. This is already the highest number of front row starts in a single season for Rossi since 2009. Rossi will be aiming to add to the 29 different circuits where he has already won in GP racing, including 23 in the premier-class.
- Andrea Dovizioso, who is making his 250th grand prix start, has qualified on the front row for just the second time in 2016.
- This is the first time that both factory Ducati riders have qualified together on the front row since the Italian Grand Prix last year.
- This is the first all Italian front row in the MotoGP class since the Japanese Grand Prix in 2006, when Loris Capirossi was on pole from Valentino Rossi and Marco Melandri. The race ended with the three riders in the order they lined up on the grid.
- Heading the second row of the grid is Jorge Lorenzo, who will be aiming to return to the podium for the first time since the Italian Grand Prix back in May.
- Marc Marquez is in fifth place on the grid – his worst qualifying performance since the Italian Grand Prix last year. Marquez has won on the last two occasions that MotoGP has visited a new circuit; Argentina in 2014 and Austin in 2013. Marquez has only won once in the MotoGP class after failing to get on the front row at the final race of 2014 in Valencia when he was in fifth place on the grid.
- Maverick Viñales starts from the final place on the second row – the seventh time this year he has qualified in the top six.
- The best qualifier of the Independent Team riders is Cal Crutchlow in seventh place on the grid.
- In eighth place on the grid is Scott Redding, who has finished in the top four at the last two races.
- In 11th place on the grid is Eugene Laverty – his best ever qualifying result in grand prix racing.
- Jack Miller has had three crashes so far this weekend, including a heavy hit in warm-up this morning ahead of this evening’s 28-lap, 121km, race.
MotoGP Warm Up Results
- Johann Zarco starts from pole for the second time in 2016. From the last eight occasions Zarco has started from pole he has taken seven victories and one second place finish.
- Franco Morbidelli starts from second place on the grid, his best ever qualifying result in grand prix racing.
- Tom Luthi, who starts from third place on the grid, will be aiming to return to the podium for the first time since he was third at the French GP.
- Heading the second row of the grid is Marcel Schrotter – his best qualifying result since he was third fastest qualifier at Mugello in 2013.
- Alex Marquez starts from fifth place on the grid, which is his best qualifying result since moving up to the Moto2 class at the start of last year.
- Axel Pons has qualified in sixth place on the grid; the third time this year he has started from the second row.
- Pole setter Joan Mir starts from the front row for the first time in his rookie season in the Moto3 class. This is the first pole in the Moto3 class by a Spanish rider since Jorge Navarro was fastest qualifier at Silverstone last year.
- No rider has won a Moto3 race from pole since Enea Bastianini at Misano last year.
- Brad Binder is on the front row for the fourth time in 2016. After finishing on the podium at the opening seven races of the year, Binder has finished 12th and 8th at the last two races.
- In third place on the grid is Enea Bastianini, who has finished on the podium twice in the last three races after not finishing in the top three at the opening six races of the year.
- Heading the second row of the grid is Aron Canet, who has already had two top six finishes in his rookie grand prix season in the Moto3 class.
- Fabio Quartararo starts from fifth place on the grid, which is his best qualifying result since the opening race of the year in Qatar. Quartararo will be aiming for a first podium since he finished second at the Dutch TT last year.
- Francesco Bagnaia starts from the final place on the second row, which is his best qualifying result since he was in third place on the grid at Jerez.
- Heading the third row is Nicolo Bulega, making it rookies filling three of the top seven places on the grid.
- Jorge Navarro has qualified in 18th place on the grid – his worst qualifying result since the Italian GP last year.