Moto Gp – Valencia GP – Qualifying
Crucial weekend for the Moto Gp, as a new champion could be crowned on tomorrow’s race. But before the lights get off, riders faced a vast of tricky conditions on today’s qualify session
The first qualy session saw both championship runner ups Alex Rins and Fabio Quartararo having to overcome the long path in order to advance through next session; Dovizioso, Rossi, Binder and Alex Marquez were other strong candidates they were facing on track.
First minutes on track showed Brad Binder leading the pack, with Fabio Quartararo at 2nd. Then a scary moment happened as Alex Marquez had a huge crash on turn 11, fortunately with no mayor consecuences.
While there was some pressure by the riders, like Crutchlow and Rins with some good laps, it wasn’t enough to get a spot on the next session, as the spots of Brad Binder and Fabio Quartararo were kept almost entirely of the session and advanced through Q2. Rins would had to start from 14th
13. Cal Crutchlow /// 14. Álex Rins /// 15. Danilo Petrucci
16. Valentino Rossi /// 17. Andrea Dovizioso /// 18. Stefan Bradl
19. Tito Rabat /// 20. Álex Márquez /// 21. Lorenzo Savadori
Next Qualy session had some interesting track conditions, as track started to get some rain drops that could give a interesting outcome on the pole position battle.
The first minutes saw the Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira as provisional pole followed by Fabio Quartararo and Takaaki Nakagami respectivetly. Then it was Brad Binder again leading another session, while the track was getting hard to manouver.
Second stint on track was pretty much a red sector fest. First it was Jack Miller on provisional pole, then Maverick Viñales took the main spot, then Pol Espargaro took first on the session and as it was almost secured, Franco Morbidelli took the pole on his last attempt, followed closely by Jack Miller in 2nd and Takaaki Nakagami has another podium shot tomorrow, as he’ll start from 3rd place.
1. Franco Morbidelli /// 2. Jack Miller /// 3. Takaaki Nakagami
4. Johann Zarco /// 5. Pol Espargaró /// 6. Maverick Viñales
7. Aleix Espargaro /// 8. Francesco Bagnaia /// 9. Brad Binder
10. Miguel Oliveira /// 11. Fabio Quartararo /// 12. Joan Mir
As it says on the results, Quartararo and Mir would start closely on 11th and 12th respectivetly. With also Rins starting quite close at 14th, the expectations on this race are high. As the championship could still be open for the last round of the season, depending of what happens on tomorrow’s race.