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Styria MotoGP FP1: Shock pacesetter and big Oliveira crash

Aug 6 2021

Takaaki Nakagami led defending MotoGP champion Joan Mir in the opening practice session ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix, while three KTM riders hit trouble at the Turn 3 right-hander –  including a violent accident for Miguel Oliveira.

LCR Honda’s Nakagami – still without a MotoGP podium to his name – was the surprise pacesetter in the 45-minute session on a 1m23.805s, just 0.076s faster than Mir’s Suzuki’s.

Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Austria MotoGP 2021

The top three was completed by the Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro while Alex Rins made it two Suzukis in the top four ahead of factory Honda riders Pol Espargaro and six-time champion Marc Marquez.

Maverick Vinales was seventh, ahead of his championship-leading Yamaha team-mate Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco.

Ahead of his first race start in three years, Dani Pedrosa ran in the top 10 for the majority of the session before he was forced to park his KTM test bike on the exit of Turn 3 with just over 15 minutes of the session remaining.

The 31-time race winner wasted little time in getting back up to speed, and he managed to rejoin the session for the final few minutes of the session after the suspected technical issue.

Pedrosa posted the 11th fastest time, just one place behind Jack Miller’s Ducati and he finished the session as the fastest KTM rider.

Fellow KTM rider Oliveira suffered a nasty high-side at the same corner a few moments after Pedrosa’s stoppage, as he was flung off his bike in a violent fashion.

Last year’s Styrian GP winner Oliveira spent five minutes sitting down behind the barriers at the side of the track, visibly shaken by the crash.

He’d returned to his KTM garage by the end of the session but didn’t go back out on track and will now be checked in the medical centre.

Miguel Oliveira KTM crash Styrian Grand Prix MotoGP practice 2021

Turn 3 proved to be something of an Achilles’ heel for KTM, with Tech3’s Iker Lecuona crashing on the exit of the right-hander 10 minutes into the session, although he was able to quickly get back on his bike and record the 20th fastest time of the session.

On the day after he announced his MotoGP retirement, Valentino Rossi was 16th fastest while his new Petronas SRT team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who is standing in the for the injured Franco Morbidelli, was slowest of the 23 riders.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1m23.805s
2 Joan Mir Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.076s +0.076s 1m23.881s
3 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.302s +0.378s 1m24.183s
4 Alex Rins Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.038s +0.416s 1m24.221s
5 Pol Espargaró Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.033s +0.449s 1m24.254s
6 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.221s +0.67s 1m24.475s
7 Maverick Viñales Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.017s +0.687s 1m24.492s
8 Johann Zarco Pramac Racing Ducati +0.088s +0.775s 1m24.58s
9 Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0s +0.775s 1m24.58s
10 Jack Miller Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.247s +1.022s 1m24.827s
11 Dani Pedrosa Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.023s +1.045s 1m24.85s
12 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.065s +1.11s 1m24.915s
13 Alex Marquez LCR Honda Castrol Honda +0.044s +1.154s 1m24.959s
14 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.074s +1.228s 1m25.033s
15 Luca Marini SKY VR46 Avintia Team Ducati +0.174s +1.402s 1m25.207s
16 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.031s +1.433s 1m25.238s
17 Valentino Rossi Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.026s +1.459s 1m25.264s
18 Enea Bastianini Avintia Esponsorama Racing Ducati +0.011s +1.47s 1m25.275s
19 Jorge Martin Pramac Racing Ducati +0.041s +1.511s 1m25.316s
20 Danilo Petrucci Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.093s +1.604s 1m25.409s
21 Iker Lecuona Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.09s +1.694s 1m25.499s
22 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.294s +1.988s 1m25.793s
23 Cal Crutchlow Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.297s +2.285s 1m26.09s

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