Spielberg - World championship leader Marc Marquez recovered from a crash in
practice to qualify for the Austrian MotoGP in fifth place, as Ducati
rider Andrea Iannone took pole position.
Italian Iannone came out
on top in a thrilling duel with compatriot Valentino Rossi to claim pole
for only the second time in his MotoGP career.
He posted a
fastest lap of one minute and 23.142 seconds on the Red Bull Ring
circuit, with nine-time world champion Rossi just over a tenth of a
Iannone's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso finished third to make it an all-Italian front row.
Marquez leads the riders' standings by 48 points after winning last
time out in Germany, but there were concerns surrounding the 23-year-old
when he crashed heavily at turn three during third practice while
trying to avoid team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
The four-time world
champion was given the all-clear to race after a quick trip to hospital
despite dislocating his shoulder, and took advantage by securing a place
on the second row.
Rossi, 37, is currently third in the standings
behind the Spanish pair of Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo, but will have an
excellent chance to claim his third victory of the season from second on
the grid on Sunday.
Defending champion Lorenzo was 0.219 seconds slower than Iannone and had to settle for fourth.
Grid for Sunday's MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit after final qualifying on Saturday:
Andrea Iannone (ITA/Ducati) 1min 23.142secs; 2. Valentino Rossi
(ITA/Yamaha) at 0.147secs; 3. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 0.156
4. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) 0.219; 5. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 0.333; 6. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Suzuki) 0.442
7. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda) 0.455; 8. Scott Redding (GBR/Ducati) 0.635; 9. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Suzuki) 0.671
10. Hector Barbera (ESP/Ducati) 0.680; 11. Eugene Laverty (IRL/Ducati) 1.076; 12. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 1.121