Fri. Oct 22nd, 2021

Takaaki Nakagami topped his first free practice session of the 2021 MotoGP season at the Red Bull Ring, while Miguel Oliveira suffered a big highside at turn three.

Joan Mir was the early pace setter as he led a Monster Energy Yamaha 2-3 of Maverick VInales and Fabio Quartararo.

The order remained largely the same throughout the second runs, except when Marc Marquez jumped from tenth to second on used medium tyres.

Fellow Honda rider Nakagami was next to significantly improve as he went fastest with 14 minutes remaining, however, the Japanese rider’s time was deleted for exceeding track limits.

But with just a few minutes left, Nakagami improved again – this time kept his lap – which eventually saw him pip Mir with his final lap.

Behind Espargaro was Alex Rins in fourth, while Pol Espargaro jumped up the order to fifth with his final attempt – one spot ahead of team-mate Marquez.

Vinales and Quartararo were two riders not to set a time attack and instead focused on used tyre performance. The pair finished seventh and eighth respectively.

The top Ducati was Johann Zarco who finished ninth just ahead of factory rider Jack Miller.

Iker Lecuona suffered an early crash at turn three in what’s expected to be the Spaniard’s last season in MotoGP.

Dani Pedrosa enjoyed an impressive return to competitive action as he finished 11th quickest – top KTM.

Pedrosa’s first session back wasn’t without issues though, as the 35 year-old pulled off the Spielberg circuit with an apparent mechanical problem with 18 minutes to go.

More drama followed for the home manufacturer as one of the pre-weekend favorites Oliveira suffered a big highside on the exit of turn three moments later. Worryingly, the Portuguese rider seemed dazed after hitting his head and right shoulder.

Oliveira returned to pit lane on the back of a scooter, but did not reappear for the final few minutes.

STYRIAN MOTOGP, AUSTRIA – FREE PRACTICE (1) RESULTS

POSRIDERNATTEAMTIME/DIFFLAPMAX
1Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)1’23.805s22/22312k
2Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.076s21/22310k
3Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.378s20/22309k
4Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.416s22/23308k
5Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.449s22/22316k
6Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.670s14/24314k
7Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.687s19/25310k
8Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.775s7/26308k
9Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.775s22/22315k
10Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+1.022s21/21316k
11Dani PedrosaSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.045s20/21308k
12Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+1.110s20/26313k
13Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.154s8/23313k
14Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.402s20/22309k
15Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.433s12/14311k
16Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.459s15/22308k
17Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+1.511s22/22316k
18Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.512s13/22313k
19Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.604s8/20304k
20Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.694s19/20309k
21Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.780s9/21313k
22Lorenzo SalvadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+1.988s18/21306k
23Cal CrutchlowGBRPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+2.285s12/20307k

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