MotoGP – Spanish GP – Qualifying
After 3 weeks of wait, the next race of the calendar goes for the first time to European countries for the Spanish GP, riders are getting prepare to face the first stop of four at Spanish lands.
The first qualify saw the both Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales, as both were struggle to get a optimal pace on track, but still were strong contender to advance for the next session, but other riders like Jack Miller, Stefan Bradl, Pol and Aleix Espargaro could have the final word. As the session advanced, Viñales was in front followed by several riders who were constantly swapping places between them, as the minutes approach the checkered flag, Francesco Bagnaia stormed a strong lap and positioned 2nd on the standings, leaving Rossi, Bradl and Miller at the back of the grid.
13. Valentino Rossi /// 14. Stefan Bradl /// 15. Jack Miller
16. Aleix Espargaró ///17. Pol Espargaró /// 18. Johann Zarco
19. Bradley Smith /// 20. Tito Rabat /// 21. Karel Abraham
22. Miguel Oliveira /// 23. Hafizh Syahrin /// 24. Andrea Iannone
The battle for pole started as Q2 goes green with the championship leader Andrea Dovizioso and reigning champion Marc Marquez as the main candidates for pole position, with the last mentioned as the provisional leaded on the first minutes of the session, followed close by Dovi, Crutchlow, Viñales and Petrucci. As minutes passed, a upcoming surprise on developing, as one independent team were showing a strong pace on the session, the Yamaha Petronas of Fabio Quartararo was just +0.041 behind Marquez’s time and was showing high potential for the second stint, as Marquez Dovi and Crutchlow couldn’t improve his time, both Petronas Yamahas were flying on track as Quartararo and Morbidelli smashed Marquez’s time and positioned 1st and 2nd as a historic day for the recently founded team, getting a first 1-2 qualy finish in just the fourth GP of the team.
1. Fabio Quartararo /// 2. Franco Morbidelli /// 3. Marc Márquez
4. Andrea Dovizioso /// 5. Maverick Viñales /// 6. Cal Crutchlow
7. Danilo Petrucci /// 8. Takaaki Nakagami /// 9. Álex Rins
10. Francesco Bagnaia /// 11. Jorge Lorenzo ///12. Joan Mir
Quartararo get his first pole and only took him 4 races to accomplish this feat. Also marks the first French Poleman since Johan Zarco in QatarGP of 2018. Can the promising rookie get his first MotoGP win? Do will have a 4th winner on the 4th race? Can Rossi make another comeback after his dissapointing qualy? Interesting events can happen tomorrow.