The weather forecast spoke of a wet Sunday for the Styrian Grand Prix and so it has been for now, at least as far as the Warm-Up is concerned. The rain fell on the Red Bull Ring as long as the Moto3 and Moto2 were on the track, then it went away when it was time for the MotoGP, with the riders who therefore found themselves facing difficult mixed conditions especially in the final minutes. with the track that goes on improving from step to step.
In these conditions, Marc Marquez came out great: in the wet, his Honda is less demanding from a physical point of view and there have never been any doubts about the sensitivity of the eight-time world champion, so don’t be surprised that in front of everyone he is there in 1’31 “403, applying for a leading role on a wet track.
Behind him is another specialist like Jack Miller, who finished just 48 thousandths of a second with his Ducati. The men of the Borgo Panigale manufacturer showed an excellent pace yesterday in the dry, but they did not fare badly even in the wet, because Pecco Bagnaia, Johann Zarco and poleman Jorge Martin occupy the positions between fifth and seventh.
On paper, these conditions should be particularly hostile to the Yamahas, but Maverick Vinales seems to have disproved this theory, because the Spaniard managed to set the third fastest time just 259 thousandths. Valentino Rossi and Fabio Quartararo, on the other hand, are more in difficulty, who are only in 13th and 16th position, with the world leader who was particularly nervous, even going to miss the pitch when it was time to do the bike change test (what which had already cost him a penalty at Le Mans).
After having learned badly that he was out of KTM yesterday, Iker Lecuona reacted well and confirmed once again that he has great talent in the wet with the fourth fastest time. Not bad also Danilo Petrucci, who instead managed to set the 11th fastest time with his RC16, immediately behind Miguel Oliveira’s official one. To complete the picture of the top 10, ahead of the Portuguese, there are also Alex Marquez’s Honda and Aleix Espargaro’s Aprilia.
In the wet, the Suzukis appeared to be particularly struggling, with Joan Mir and Alex Rins not able to do better than the 19th and 20th times. Lorenzo Savadori and Enea Bastianini did little better, preceding them, while Luca Marini is only in 22nd position. As for the two luxury re-entries, Dani Pedrosa finished 14th at 1 “6 with the KTM, while Cal Crutchlow continues to close the group with the Yamaha Petronas.
It is clear, however, that now the big question mark is the weather conditions that we will find at the time of the start: according to the forecasts, the rain should start falling again on the Austrian track. Indeed, there is even the risk that it could arrive in abundance and, if so, it could also lead to a postponement of the race.