Austrian GP: Quartararo tops warm-up in dry conditions

Ahead of the Austrian GP later on, it’s Fabio Quartararo who topped this morning’s warm-up session as the conditions remain unknown for the race.

At the moment, the conditions are expected to remain dry for the MotoGP race, however the unpredictable weather in the rolling Austrian hills could throw a spanner into the works.

It was a relatively quiet session as the riders chipped away at laps to find the best setup for later on.

Quartararo’s 1m23.629s lap went untouched as the Yamaha rider took top spot, certainly boosting the confidence of the championship leader going into the race.

One rider who’s confidence will have taken a hit this morning is Johann Zarco, despite ending second on the timesheets the Frenchman took a tumble at Turn 9 late on, but was fortunately OK.

Pecco Bagnaia ended up third with Aleix Espargaro and pole-sitter Jorge Martin behind the Italian.

KTM will feel optimistic going into the Austrian GP as Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira finished sixth and seventh ahead of Jack Miller.

The Honda duo of Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez rounded out the top-10.

It was then another team-duo in 11th and 12th, with Alex Rins getting the better of Joan Mir in the morning warm-up.

Alex Marquez finished 13th ahead of Luca Marini and Enea Bastianini.

Should the weather take a turn to wet conditions, one rider to look out for is Iker Lecuona. The Tech3 rider ended 16th this morning but looked strong in the wet in Friday’s FP2 session.

Taka Nakagami will be hoping for improvement in the race later on, the Japanese ended 17th with Valentino Rossi 18th.

Danilo Petrucci and Cal Crutchlow rounded out the leaderboard in 19th and 20th.