Johann Zarco once again put a strong performance as he topped FP4, with Enea Bastianini going into a surprising second position, in a Ducati-powered 1-2 in the final practice session.

FP3 saw 20 bikes on the grid, following the decision from Yamaha to suspend outgoing driver Maverick Vinales following his actions at the Styrian GP as the riders competed for a spot in Q2 for qualifying.

With 35 minutes to go in FP3, Bastianini had a minor incident, in turn 1, temporarily bringing out the yellow flags in sector 1 and slowing down riders attempting to qualify for Q2.

Zarco was the fastest in terms of the combined sessions for the most part, but there were challenges from championship leader Fabio Quartararo and current champion Joan Mir throughout the session.

In a cruel twist of events, last week’s polesitter and winner Jorge Martin failed to get into Q2 after falling off at Turn 10, crushing his chances of a good start to the race on Sunday.

On the other hand, Zarco extended his dominance at the Red Bull Ring by topping the combined standings with Ducati factory rider Bagnaia topping FP3.

The top 10 classification after FP3 is as follows:

1Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team 1:22.827
2Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha +0.094
3Johann ZarcoPramac Racing+0.138 
4Marc MarquezRepsol Honda Team+0.258
5Aleix EspargaroAprilia Racing Team Gresini+0.264
6Jack MillerDucati Lenovo Team+0.371
7Joan MirSuzuki Ecstar+0.446
8Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda Idemitsu+0.488 
9Brad BinderRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+0.579
10Pol EspargaroRepsol Honda +0.607

FP4 saw a change in conditions as track temperatures started to drop and the clouds began to gather before the weekend’s final practice session at the Red Bull Ring.

With the cut-off for Q2 being determined in FP3, FP4 served as the search for the ideal set-up, with drivers pushing the limits and feeling the track to prepare for the race with Marc Marquez suffering from a fall early in the session at turn 3 and Zarco runs wide at turn 4.

Another rider who crashed at turn 3 was Iker Lecuona, who slid off his bike, while exiting turn 3, bringing out the yellow flags at sectors 1 and 2 momentarily. Shortly afterward, last week’s race winner Martin had an incident, losing out on valuable track time.

In the closing laps of the session, Marquez once again went off his bike, this time at turn 9, in a string of incidents caused amidst trouble in the Spaniard’s shoulder.

The top 10 classification after FP4 is as follows:

1Johann Zarco Pramac Racing1:24:037
2Enea Bastianini Avintia Esponsorama+0.120
3Joan Mir Suzuki Ecstar+0.128
4Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar+0.165
5Fabio QuartararoMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP+0.181
6Aleix EspargaroAprilia Racing Team Gresini+0.265
7Marc MarquezRepsol Honda+0.285
8Pol EspargaroRepsol Honda+0.318
9Takaaki NakagamiPramac Racing+0.331
10Brad BinderRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+0.380

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