The Spielberg circuit hosted another tight MotoGP Qualifying today, where PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Valentino Rossi ended the day 18th. Cal Crutchlow will start the AustrianGP from 20th.
Once again, FP3 saw riders separated by the finest of margins. Rossi bided his time until the end of the session to improve his time to 1min 23.687secs. Although he was only 0.206secs shy of the top-ten, Valentino ended FP3 15th. Q1 also proved to be a tight session, where the Italian was only 0.054secs from the top of the times after his first run – 1min 23.939secs. Rossi was unable to improve this time further and ended Q1 eighth, giving him the 18th grid slot for tomorrow’s race.
With a dry track for FP3, Crutchlow was quick to improve upon his best time from yesterday’s Free Practice sessions. Continuing to reduce his lap time, the Brit ended FP3 20th with a 1min 24.193secs lap. After showing a good race pace in FP4, Cal showed further improvements in Q1 and bettered his Qualifying lap from last weekend. Crutchlow will start the AustrianGP from 20th, after posting the tenth fastest lap in Q1 – 1min 24.509secs.
Warm Up for Rossi and Crutchlow will get underway at 9.40am local time (3.40pm MYT) tomorrow, with the 28-lap MotoGP race rounding out the AustrianGP at 2pm local time (8pm MYT).