Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) dominated Austrian Grand Prix qualifying at Red Bull Ring today and made history at the same time.

The dazzlingly talented 26-year-old Spaniard scored his seventh MotoGP pole position of the season and the 59th of his career, making him the most successful qualifier in 71 years of premier-class Grand Prix racing.

More importantly, today’s performance puts Marquez in the best-possible shape for tomorrow’s race, the 11th round of the 19-event 2019 season. Currently the five-times MotoGP king enjoys a 63-point lead in the championship, which in theory should allow him to take things easy. But this isn’t Marquez’s way. Red Bull Ring is the only MotoGP track where he has yet to top the podium, so he especially wants to take victory here.

For the first time Marquez qualified using HRC’s latest frame technology – a carbon-fibre-coated frame that adjusts chassis flex to improve turning performance. He also looks likely to race this frame – which he has tested on several occasions before coming here – for the first time tomorrow afternoon. It’s all part of HRC working to keep its bikes and riders ahead of the pack.

While Marquez comfortably leads the MotoGP Riders World Championship, Honda heads the Constructors World Championship, working towards a fourth consecutive title for the extraordinary RC213V. Success in this year’s championship will extend the company’s all-time record to 25 premier-class constructors crowns.

Marquez has already won six races this year. Another victory would give him his first hat-trick since Aragon, Thailand and Motegi last autumn. He is now only four victories short of Honda’s most successful premier-class rider, Mick Doohan, who won 54 500cc Grands Prix with Honda’s NSR500 during the 1990s.

Honda’s second fastest rider this afternoon was Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V), who has been riding superbly all weekend. The 27-year-old from Chiba ended qualifying sixth fastest for his first-ever second-row start in MotoGP. This was a hugely impressive performance from the former Moto2 race winner who rides a 2018-spec RC213V with which he out-qualified many rivals on the latest factory machines.

Nakagami’s team-mate Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) was looking good for a second-row start until the final moments of the Q2 session, when he slipped to ninth, to the third row, albeit only seven tenths of a second off pole position.

Last weekend at Brno the 33-year-old Briton qualified on the fourth row and finished fifth, running a pace that would have put him on the podium if he had had a better start. Tomorrow Crutchlow knows he must get a perfect start to get away with the leaders if he is to compete for his third podium result of the season.

Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) once again rides in place of Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V), who is recovering from injuries sustained at June’s Dutch round of the series. Bradl’s full-time job is HRC test rider, so he isn’t only here to compete but also to test different set-up combinations and parts to keep HRC moving forward. Bradl, who has scored points in each of his three races this year, starts tomorrow’s race from the seventh row of the grid.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

It was a really good lap but I was looking for a 1m 22! But I made a mistake in the last sector and I went too wide in turn 10. Apart from that we did a great job and during FP4 we had a great rhythm, which is the most important thing. Today was a great day, everything and everyone in the team was working so well. We just need to understand the best tire for tomorrow and let's do it! We will try to fight until the end and see what happens.

Repsol Honda Team
Takaaki Nakagami

Takaaki Nakagami 30

Absolutely I am happy because we've done a great job so far this weekend. We did a good job from the start of yesterday and today we further improved the set-up and my feeling with the bike. My best lap was quite nice – Marc made pole but from second place to tenth the times are very close. I'm happy with my best lap because I was really close to the front row. Step by step we have been able to make it to the second row. In fact at this track I expected to struggle a bit more, but we have improved my feeling every session, so a big thank you to the team. They are all happy! Let's keep going like this and focus on tomorrow's race, which will be very different, but I will give my best as always.

LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

I was ninth for a reason. I've not felt good all weekend and today was probably one of the hardest days I've had in my career on a motorbike; with changes, with different bikes and not feeling great. But we still managed to do a good enough lap time to be in the top ten, even though that's not where we want to be – we want to be faster. I am optimistic for our race pace though. The way our bike is set up this weekend, I think I'll feel more comfortable in the middle of the race, not the start. We've had some issues with the brakes this weekend, which is not great heading into the race, but we'll see how we go tomorrow.

LCR Honda
Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

It was a tough day today, we were able to try many things but got unlucky in qualifying and wasn't able to improve. We are working very hard with and for HRC to try things for the future and they are pleased with how we are going. We had to change our plan a little in FP4 and this hurt our overall speed. Tomorrow can only get better!

Repsol Honda Team
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Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria

MotoGP 2019, Round 11

Sunny / 33
Saturday 10 Aug 2019, 15:00 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 33°C
  • Humidity: 34%
  • Ground Temp: 51°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'23.027
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.434
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.488
4 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.496
5 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.625
6 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.642
7 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.654
8 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.661
9 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.727
10 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.790
11 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.839
12 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.937
13 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.301
14 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.441
15 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.560
16 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.563
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.594
18 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.697
19 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.920
20 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.930
21 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.191
Sunny Spells / 29
Friday 9 Aug 2019, 13:48 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 29°C
  • Humidity: 42%
  • Ground Temp: 49°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'23.916
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.066
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.117
4 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.155
5 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.237
6 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.392
7 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.410
8 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.414
9 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.420
10 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.502
11 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.553
12 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.624
13 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.682
14 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.714
15 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.754
16 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.839
17 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.949
18 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.087
19 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.223
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.317
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.353
Rider Standings
Sunday, 4 Aug 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 210 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 147 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 129 Ducati Team Ducati
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 114 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 91 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
6 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 90 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
7 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 86 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 78 LCR Honda Honda
9 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 76 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
10 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 61 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 57 LCR Honda Honda
12 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 52 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 39 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 31 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 21 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
16 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 19 Repsol Honda Team Honda
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 18 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
18 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
19 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 15 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
20 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 14 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
21 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 13 Repsol Honda Team Honda
22 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
23 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 3 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 3 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
25 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 3 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki