MotoGP – Malasia GP – Qualifying
The Championship get to its last stop at the Asian Tour and 18th race of the calendar on the Sepang Racing Circuit. A track know for hosting many interesting races over the last few years at MotoGP.
A 10-rider Q1 session goes on track with Cal Crutchlow, Danilo Petrucci, Joan Mir having to from overcome the first session to obtain a good spot on the starting grid. Mir and Petrucci went ahead on the first minutes of the session, with Crutchlow and Espargaro brothers chasing behind.
As final minutes were left, the leading riders were having some pressure from Crutchlow and Aleix Espargaro. All four riders hit red sectors on their respective final laps. Petrucci closed first with a small improvement, Mir couldn’t improve time, Aleix was short of the second spot on Q2 and Crutchlow closed strongly at last sector and finished at the first spot alongside Petrucci.
13. Joan Mir /// 14. Aleix Espargaro /// 15. Pol Espargaro
16. Karel Abraham /// 17. Andrea Iannone /// 18. Jorge Lorenzo
19. Mika Kallio /// 20. Hafizh Syahrin
The Q2 session for the pole battle went green with the Yamahas being the strong candidates for a front row start. As Viñales, Quartararo, Morbidelli and Rossi were showing quite strong pace at the first minutes. Marquez wasn’t giving up easily, as the Spaniard was trying to apply some pressure on Fabio Quartararo, by being behind of him at pretty much every minute of the session.
Last stint from the riders, as Marquez was still close to Quartararo, but the French rookie managed the pressure like a veteran rider. Later there was drama, as Marquez went to the ground on a very scary way, it could walk on his on way, but seemed with hurt at his right leg. At the end, the Yamahas dominated the session with Viñales and Quartararo battle strongly for pole and at the end, it was the French rider who took his 5th pole on a sensasional lap at the track, Viñales ended 2nd and Morbidelli closed the front row
1. Fabio Quartararo /// 2. Maverick Viñales /// 3. Franco Morbidelli
4. Jack Miller /// 5. Cal Crutchlow /// 6. Valentino Rossi
7. Alex Rins/// 8. Danilo Petrucci /// 9. Johann Zarco
10. Andrea Dovizioso /// 11. Marc Marquez /// 12. Francesco Bagnaia
Master ride from Quartararo who has a gold opportunity yo take his maiden win Malasia, with Yamaha riders being the biggest obstacle to overcome, But still a Ducati or a Honda could give a surprise tommorow.