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Iannone takes MotoGP pole in Austria with last-gasp lap

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Andrea Iannone picked up his second MotoGP pole position with a last-gasp effort in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday in Spielberg.

Ducati entered Saturday as the red-hot favorite to score pole, with riders Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso widely expected to scorch to a one-two finish in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.

Dovizioso headed the field ahead of the final Q2 runs, only for Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo to produce a stunning time that vaulted him up to provisional pole.

Both Ducati riders struggled in the final sector, leaving them with one final lap once the checkered flag had fallen.

Dovizioso was able to get ahead of Lorenzo, but was soon relegated off pole when Valentino Rossi went fastest on the second Yamaha, piling the pressure on Iannone as the last man to run.

The Italian soaked up the pressure and produced a near-perfect lap of 1:23.142 to score his second pole in MotoGP, his first coming at last year’s Italian Grand Prix.

Rossi was therefore left to settle for second place ahead of Dovizioso and Lorenzo, while Marc Marquez rallied to fifth despite dislocating his shoulder just hours earlier in practice.

Maverick Vinales made good on his impressive Friday practice pace, qualifying sixth for Suzuki ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding.

Aleix Espargaro was ninth, having suffered a fractured finger on Friday, while Hector Barbera rounded out the top 10.

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:

Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.

IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information


GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis