Moto GP – Aragon GP – Qualifying
The chase for the championship continúes as the calendar goes back to Spain for a 3rd time for a double week header at “Motorland Aragón”. With Yamaha looking strong but not far ahead agaisnt rival brands, It could be close rounds on the next two weekends.
First Qualy session saw all four Ducatis with issues, as they were the brand with more issues from the rest of the grid, so it meant maximum only 2 Ducati riders could advance through next session, if they were fast enough.
As it turns out, all four riders were leading the session, with Petrucci at front of Miller, Dovizioso and Bagnaia constantly changing position at the standings for almost all session long, eventually a non-Ducati bike joined the fight, Brad Binder showed good laps times and apply pressure at the last minutes, after that both main Ducatis went top 2, but at the end, the Pramac Ducati of Jack Miller demoted the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso and took a place to next session alongside Danilo Petrucci. Dovizioso would have to start from 13th place.
13. Andrea Dovizioso ///.14. Brad Binder /// 15. Iker Lecuona
16. Johann Zarco /// 17. Francesco Bagnaia /// 18. Miguel Oliveira
19. Bradley Smith /// 20. Tito Rabat /// 21. Stefan Bradl
The second Qualy session saw only 3 Yamaha riders because Valentino Rossi can’t compete on the next two weekends due to covid issues. Meanwhile the Honda bikes were looking better as Marquez, Crutchlow and Nakagami were looking good at track. On the first minutes It was Jack Miller who was leading the group, followed by Franco Morbidelli, then his teammate Fabio Quartararo would took provisional pole at the end of stint 1.
Last attempt for the riders, as Maverick Viñales went for provisional first on the last minutes, meanwhile many movement was happening on middle of the standings, Fabio Quartararo hit some red sectors and was flying on track as the French rider would took a critical pole position, ahead of Viñales on 2nd and a strong result for Cal Crutchlow closing the front row
1. Fabio Quartararo /// 2. Maverick Viñales /// 3. Cal Crutchlow
4. Franco Morbidelli /// 5. Jack Miller /// 6. Joan Mir
7. Takaaki Nakagami /// 8. Danilo Petrucci /// 9. Aleix Espargaró
10. Álex Rins /// 11. Álex Márquez /// 12. Pol Espagaró
Critical result for Quartararo as he seeks to increase the gap on the championship standings, meanwhile Viñales is the closest contender at 2nd, followed by Mir at 5th and Dovizioso quite back at 13th. Tomorrow could be a significant day for all these four riders at a cold race day at Aragon.