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This is the first time since Austin/Argentina in 2014 that the same three riders are on pole at successive Grand Prix events. Here's the Austrian GP Sunday Guide:
- Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has qualified on pole for the third successive race; the last time he was on pole at three or more successive races was in 2014. He is aiming to win three or more successive races for the first time since he won the opening ten races of 2014.
- The Red Bull Ring is the only circuit on the current calendar where Marquez has not had a victory in the MotoGP™ class.
- Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso, the second place finisher in Austria last year, will start from his best grid position of the year so far and from the front row for just the second time in 2017.
- Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) starts from third place on the grid, his second front row start of the year. Lorenzo finished third last year in Austria and was the only none Ducati rider on the podium.
- This is the first time since the Austrian Grand Prix last year that both factory Ducati riders have qualified together on the front row.
- The top Yamaha rider in qualifying is Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) at the head of the second row – his best grid position since he was on pole at Mugello.
- The best qualifier from the Independent Team riders is Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) in fifth place on the grid, the fifth time this year he has been on one of the first two rows.
- Taking the final place on the second row is Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tecch 3), the Moto2™ race winner last year in Austria from pole position.
- Heading the third row is Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who has not finished on the podium in a fully dry weather race since the third event of the year in Austin.
- In eighth place on the grid is Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), who has finished on the podium six times in the last eight races. The Red Bull Ring is the only circuit on the current schedule where Pedrosa has not had a podium finish in the MotoGP™ class.
- Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), who did not race in Austria last year, starts from 11th place on the grid – his best qualifying result since the French GP.
- Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), the winner last year in Austria, heads the fourth row – his best qualifying result since the Spanish GP earlier this year.
- Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) starts from 12th place on the grid, his best qualifying since the Argentinian GP earlier on the year.
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