Early morning rain made the Red Bull Circuit (revamped for 2022) wet and forecasts remain sketchy throughout the weekend.
At the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix by John Zarco and Franco Morbidelli, a new corner for Turn 2 has been added to the Red Bull ring to slow down the drivers through The speed of that part of the track.
In the early stages of wet FP1, many riders ran through chicanes as they grabbed the brakes for the new section.
lap times were set on wet tyres most of the time, with some drivers taking turns leading
15 minutes left in a 45 minute race, The fastest wet lap was Johann Zarco’s 1:36.916 as Ducati stable Marco Bezzecchi on the VR46 GP21 took to the track in a bald head.
Five minutes later, KTM’s Miguel Oliveira was 1 Taking over from Zarco in minutes 36.5 seconds, Ducati’s Jack Miller topped the list with 1 minute 36.2 seconds for 36s.
Bezzecchi fell below 1m36s after 1m35.922s, The trio of Bezzecchi, Oliveira and Miller again topped the charts for the next few minutes.
Miller, known for his speed in dry conditions, moved the goal post significantly in the closing stages, he dropped his speed to 1:31.586 before increasing it to 1 on the next lap 1 minute 31.139 seconds.
The Australian cemented his place at the top of the timetable with a time of 1:30.756 on the final lap to finish FP1 with a time of 0.618.
Pramac’s Zarco, his closest challenger ahead of second Joan Mir’s Suzuki, told the Red Bull Ring on Thursday that he was “very close” to a 2023 MotoGP deal with Honda.
Jorge Martin – last year’s Styrian Grand Prix winner – finished fourth at the second Pramac Ducati ahead of championship leader Fabio Quartararo at Yamaha.
Alex Rins finished top six at last year’s Austrian Grand Prix w the second Suzuki of KTM’s in-house Brad Binder, LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami, Gresini Ducati’s Enea Bastianini and RNF Racing’s Andrea Dovizioso rounds out the top 10.
Maverick Vinales moved 0.067 seconds out of top 10 leader Aprilia in 11th, with teammate Aleix Espargaro quietly finishing 17th behind Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia.
Bezzecchi was 12th on the timetable long before KTM’s Miguel Oliveira.
Despite these conditions, only Tech 3 KTM rookie Remy Gardner crashed in FP1 – the Australian came off his RC16 at Turn 4 without injury.
FP2 of the 2022 MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix will be in progress at 2:10pm local time.