MotoGP – Catalan GP – Qualifying
After a great race at Mugello, we head to the 7th race of the calendar and for second time on Spain. the Circuit of Cataluña is a well-know for exciting battles and unexpected events, being an all time classic of the calendar.
Marquez entered Q1 after having problems on FP4 (first time in Q1 since Mugello 2015) but didn´t have much problem to enter Q2, the battle was close to who was going to join Marquez at Q2, with Miller, Syahrin and Rins on the fight, but it was Nakagami who surprised everyone and entered Q2 for the first time on his carrer, Miller just missed Q2 by six hundredths and will start 13th. Syahrin, Rins, Aleix Espargaro, Smith, Morbidelli, Pol Espargaro, Redding, Abraham, Bautista, Kallio, Luthi, Guintoli and Simeon forms places 14th to 26th; as fun fact, Simeon didn´t put a time after he had an accident at the start of the session and having an argue with the marshalls.
Q2 started with Marquez at the top on the first session (with hard compound), followed by Rossi and Lorenzo, this last one was closely to become the Hulk after he felt the ducati wasn´t giving its best performance.
Second run started with Dovizioso entering the front row at 3rd place and an improvement on time for Marquez, other riders made better times like Viñales, Iannone and Petrucci, but At the end, it was Lorenzo who “rage up” to pole by only 0.066s! being its first one with Ducati and first since Valencia 2016.
A Ducati front row with a 1-2 Spaniards will start at this Catalan GP, 2nd row its composed with Viñales, Iannone and Petrucci, then is Rossi, Zarco and Rabat and the Q2 its closed with Clutchlow (who crashed) Pedrosa and Nakagami. Impressive stuff of Rabat on his avintia and not the best day for Clutchlow and Pedrosa.
Lorenzo, Rossi, Viñales and Dovi will try to cut the gap at the championship with Marquez, but at his Home GP and the push of his fans, he will be a tough challenge for the riders on front. The Qualy is complete, what would happend at the 7th race of the championship? We will find out tomorrow.