Moto GP – Teruel GP – Qualifying
Championship battles keeps intensifing as the the last double-header race has its Qualifying test at “Motorland Aragon” with a clear improvement on the Honda bikes, would be interesting to see if the other bikes and riders can adapt quickly on a attempt to improve the pace.
First Qualify session saw all the Ducati bikes having to pass the first obstacle, as the bikes keeps struggling to find a proper mapping on track, with Jack Miller at front on the first laps followed by Pol Espargaro. Aleix Espargaro and Zarco had pretty good pace for having a chance on the next session. At the last attempt, the four riders mentioned marked strong laps on their last attempts, with Pol Espargaro Being the fastest one and Johann Zarco just being ahead of his teammate Aleix Espargaro and also advanced to the next session. Quite another disastrous qualy for Ducati bike, with only one bike representing the brand.
13. Aleix Espargaro /// 14. Jack Miller /// 15. Brad Binder
16. Stefan Bradl /// 17. Andrea Dovizioso /// 18. Francesco Bagnaia
19. Danilo Petrucci /// 20. Tito Rabat /// 21. Bradley Smith
The next qualify session saw yet another hard battle for pole position, with Honda bikes being the ones that had adapted better to the track, with Takaaki Nakagami being up front followed by Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco provisional 3rd, many riders were hitting red sectors at one moment on track, meanwhile championship leader Joan Mir had problems to find a proper lap on track and couldn’t improve from that
Last attempt for the riders, with Maverick Viñales entering the front row and Fabio Quartararo not so far behind, with constant changes at front as Alex Rins and Pol Espargaro were showing good times, but eventually it was the Honda bike of Takaaki Nakagami who secured his maiden pole position on the category and first pole from a Honda bike since 2019 Japanese GP. Morbidelli ends 2nd and Alex Rins closes the front row. Viñales would start 4th, Zarco at 5th and Quartararo closes the second row.
1. Taakaki Nakagami /// 2. Franco Morbidelli /// 3. Álex Rins
4. Maverick Viñales /// 5. Johann Zarco /// 6. Fabio Quartararo
7. Pol Espargaró /// 8. Cal Crutchlow /// 9. Iker Lecuona
10. Miguel Oliveira /// 11. Álex Márquez /// 12. Joan Mir
Fantastic result for the Japanese rider, who’s still with matematical chances at the championship, with Viñales and Quartararo ended on decent positions, Mir and Dovizioso would have to make a comeback, in order to minimize the damage on tomorrow’s race.