MotoGP Autriche FP1 LIVE : Jack Miller devant un Johann Zarco costaud ! – Paddock GP

MotoGP Autriche FP1 LIVE : Jack Miller devant un Johann Zarco costaud ! - Paddock GP

Being on step 13 of a MotoGP World Championship that has 20, the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring will mark two-thirds of the quest for a world title more open than ever. But before discussing the dynamics of each force involved, let’s note some technical innovations…

The biggest is, of course, the new chicane created this year between turns 2 and 3 to break the arrival speed in the latter.

We could have called it “Zarco chicane” to remember, if necessary, the horrific incident that occurred in 2020 that almost became a tragedy…



… but the authorities preferred to opt for a less humorous and more numerical nomenclature: turn 2A and turn 2B.

The first consequence is to freeze the lap records of the old route, George Martin being the fastest in history at 1’24.643 from his 2021 pole position. According to simulations, lap times around 6 seconds slower than before are expected.
The second is to add braking on a circuit that was already rated 5/5 on Brembo’s difficulty index which provides the brakes to the entire MotoGP grid. As well as the Italian manufacturer having revised its scale to classify the Red Bull Ring at 6/6, this puts the Austrian circuit on the very limited list of tracks on which 320mm carbon discs are prohibited.. On the program will be only the 340 and 355 mm, as in Motegi and Buriram, but only in a finned version, that is. the most powerful solution available.

Finally, just in case, we remind you that the Long Lap is done at Turn 1 and costs much more than at Silverstone…

We arrive at the championship, where the situation is a bit paradoxical: although having lost heavily with his mistake in Assen, the current leader, fabio quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™), came out of his Silverstone penalty slightly increasing his lead over his immediate pursuer, Alex Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), relegated to 22 points. But that was only possible thanks to the latter’s right foot and heel injury and, worse for the Frenchman who was beginning to emerge as the great favorite for the 2022 crown, a third and threatening contender returns at full speed to the Great V chaining victories. , francesco bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team). With circuits to come not particularly favorable for a Yamaha M1 that struggles to overtake, such as the Red Bull Ring where Yamaha has never won, The devil he will have to show composure and take every opportunity to try to duplicate his world championship title: a difficult but motivating task and far from impossible for the Monster driver…

So the dynamic has changed sides and the confidence is in Ducati coming to the rough track where Borgo Panigale’s firm has won six MotoGP victories since returning in 2016, with Andrea Iannone (2016, from pole), Andrea Dovizioso (2017, 2019 and 2020/1), Jorge Lorenzo (2018) and George Martin (2021/1, from pole).

With francesco bagnaia fit, your teammate jack miller just got on the podium at Silverstone, Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) back in front in Great Britain and 4th in the championship, johann zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) strong and fast in England, and George Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) already a winner on the Austrian circuit, we are already rubbing our hands on the Bologna side, especially since the list does not end there, with for example a driver like Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team), also fast and eager to play in the big leagues.

Given the optimism of the red army, another Italian brand is bathed in euphoria, at least on one side of its box, that of Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing). Few times has the Catalan rider been so happy as after his 2nd place at Silverstone and, a year after his separation from Yamaha, the Noale rider has reached a level where he can interfere in the development of the championship, as he could be elsewhere make it a new engine for the RS-GP at the next Grands Prix. Note also that lorenzo savior Although slightly affected by a shoulder injury suffered during training, he is present in Austria…

And how can we talk about the Red Bull Ring without mentioning the performance of brad folder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), de facto leader of the Mattighofen firm that has won twice at home (Miguel Oliveira during the 2020 Styrian GP and Brad Binder during the 2021 Austrian GP): regularly scores points of metronome, in addition to taking advantage of opportunities, as he did last year with slick tires in the wet.



Number 1 on KTM since the well-known start of Miguel Oliveira in RNF, the South African will host the Australian next year jack miller as a teammate to form an exotic Southern Hemisphere duo, as the Tech3 team’s sister machines, once painted red and white in GASGAS colours, will be driven by Pol Espargaro and probably) Remy Gardner. An announcement will be made in the next few hours…

Although efficient and with fast pilots, the Suzukis ofalex rin Y joan mir I still suffer in qualifying. This, plus an impressive amount of blank results and a necessarily heavy atmosphere since the announcement of the Hamamatsu manufacturer’s withdrawal at the end of the year, sadly relegates the beautiful GSX-RRs to places 8 and 12 in the general classification.

Finally, highlight the presence in the paddock of Mark Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) as advisor to the Honda men visibly lost without the Spanish prodigy at the handlebars. The number 93 has yet to drive or compete since Mugello and his last surgery, but he remains the current Gold Wing (!) signature points leader and will be on hand to allow the Japanese factory to lead the development of the new RC213V at the correct address. . Already in contact from his home, the eight-time world champion will be present in Austria and Misano, always replaced by Stefan Bradl on your machine.

In short, since MotoGP’s return to the Red Bull Ring in 2016, Ducati has won 6 times and KTM 2 times, the in-line 4-cylinder never: place your bets!

The official program here

While we wait to find out more, as the 25 drivers prepare for this first 45-minute free practice session on a dry track, with temperatures of 18° in the air and 20° on the ground, let’s take advantage of these few moments live thanks to the site MotoGP.com official website:

MotoGP™ Red Bull Ring

Australia 2021

Austria 2022 (New Chicana)

FP1

1’23.805 Takaaki Nakagami (Look here)

1’30.756 Jack Miller (See here)
FP2

1’31.304 Lorenzo Savadori (Look here)

FP3

1’23.114 Francesco Bagnaia (Look here)

FP4

1’23.816 Fabio Quartararo (Look here)

Q1

1’23.547 Alex Marquez (Look here)

Q2

1’22.994 Jorge Martin (Look here)

Heating

1’23.629 Fabio Quartararo (See here)

The race

Brad Binder, Bagnaia, Martin (Look here)

Record

1’22.994 Jorge Martin (Look here)

When the red lights go out… Franco Morbidelli continues the tradition by hurrying in the first, just like fabio quartararo the last.

Everyone runs rain tires, mostly medium front/soft rear, except Andrea Dovizioso Y darryn folder that use forward bidding and Marco Bezzecchi rear midrange.

jack miller marked the first reference of this new route in 1’42.347 at the end of the first fast lap, ahead of Maverick Vinales Y johann zarco.

The trajectory begins to dry up seriously and in the next pass the Australian is at 1’41.633 before giving command to johann zarco 1’40.413 at the end of the third fastest lap.

Miguel Oliveira he then clocked 1’39.109 ahead of the French rider but the track continued to dry out and lap times dropped: 1’38.843 for the KTM rider, ahead of johann zarco definitely in great shape at the start of the weekend.

However, at the end of the first quarter of an hour, it is jack miller who won at the top of the hierarchy in 1’38.710, 5/1000 ahead of joan mir.

johann zarco then he answers in 1’38.442 before losing with the 1’38.035 of Miguel Oliveira.

Approaching the middle of the session, as the sun continues to dry the track, qualifying presents Miguel Oliveira 3/10 front Jack Miller, Maverick Vinales, Johann Zarco, Johann Mir, Alex Rins, Alex Márquez, Takaaki Nakagami, Jorge Martin, Fabio Quartararo, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Stefan Bradl, Luca Marini, Brad Binder, Lorenzo Savadori, Raul Fernandez, Francesco Bagnaia, Andrea Dovizioso, Remy Gardner, Franco Morbidelli, Marco Bezzecchi, Enea Bastianini, Aleix Espargaró, Pol Espargaró and Darryn Binder.

16 minutes from the end of the session, Marco Bezzecchi it’s the first to come out with slick tires, soft front/medium rear.

Andrea Dovizioso Y Miguel Oliveira do the same while johann zarcostill with wet tyres, he provisionally imposes 1’36.916.

A period followed in which the slick riders made their mark on the still tricky tarmac, then Miguel Oliveira he is the first driver to take command of non-slotted tires before half a dozen drivers with the same tires shattered his time, like Marco Bezzecchi provisionally at 1’35.922.

Remy Gardner for a minor foul at turn #5 when Miguel Oliveira try to regain the advantage of the VR 46 pilots.

jack miller does not go into details and records 1’32.987 then 1’32.064 ahead fabio quartararo at 1.1 seconds!

The session is a bit crazy and the rankings are constantly updated at high speed, drivers go from the top to the bottom of the table in a matter of seconds…

Three minutes from the checkered flag, we have Jack Miller ahead of Alex Rins, Fabio Quartararo, Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin, Marco Bezzecchi, Maverick Vinales, Alex Márquez, Pol Espargaro and Joan Mir for the top 10.

To everyone’s surprise, the one that made us dream on this circuit, Andrea DoviziosoHe gets mixed up with the advanced players in sixth position, but everything changes very quickly, except for the dominance of jack miller.

In extremis, the latter improving 1’30.756 against a johann zarco very consistent

Results of the Austrian MotoGP FP1 Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring:

Qualifying Credit: MotoGP.com


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