Pol Espargaró conquers the first pole of his career in Austria

Pol Espargaró conquers the first pole of his career in Austria

The Spanish rider beats the Japanese Nakagami (Honda) and Zarco (Ducati), who will start last due to a penalty

Pol Espargaró conquers the first pole of his career in Austria

Pol Espargaró (KTM) conquered the first pole position of his career at the Styrian Grand Prix, which is also the first for KTM, on the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg (Austria). The Spanish rider beat Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda) and Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati), already recovered from his brutal accident last week.

Espargaró, who was the fastest in training this Friday, stopped the clock at 1: 23.580, confirming his love affair with the Austrian track and retaliating for the misfortune that prevented him from winning just a week ago. “I have played everything and it has turned out well,” said Espargaró after achieving a 'pole' that is also the first for KTM. A success that left the next Spaniard on the fourth step, although Joan Mir , the fastest in the second training session, will start third due to the penalty received by Zarco the previous day.

The Frenchman, recently operated on the scaphoid, has returned to the charge and if he can finally contest the race -and he has no ailments-, he already knows that he will start from the last position due to the sanction he has received for “irresponsible driving”.

In addition, Marc Márquez's absence due to injury was not taken advantage of by his immediate pursuers. Neither Dovizioso , who finished with the ninth fastest time, nor Quartararo -current leader of the World Championship-, who was tenth, were able to take the front lines of the grid to win the victory this Sunday.

For his part, the Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) suffered a crash in the last section of the last sector and could not qualify for Q2. The one from Tavuilla achieved the fifteenth fastest time, two places above Spaniard Álex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team).

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