MotoGP – Portuguese GP – Qualifying
One last battle for pole to close the 2020 season, as riders prepare for a new challenge at the “Autodromo Internacional do Algarve”. A track that can be hard to master due to its many uphills and downhills.
The first qualy session saw many candidates to advance through next session. like Binder, Crutchlow, Morbidelli, Bagnaia and this year’s champion Joan Mir. The Italian-Brazilian rider on the Petronas Yamaha had a solid start by being first on the first stint, followed by future Ducati rider, Francesco Bagnaia; Aleix Espargaro was on the hunt with good lap times.
At the half of the last stint, the British rider Cal Crutchlow wanted to have a solid start on his last ride on Moto GP, as he went provisional 1st with Morbidelli going 2nd, meanwhile the KTM of Brad Binder had a last shot to take a spot on next session, but a small mistake on last sector saw him end 3rd and just short of a spot on Q2
13. Brad Binder /// 14. Aleix Espargaro /// 15. Francesco Bagnaia
16. Alex Marquez /// 17. Valentino Rossi /// 18. Danilo Petrucci
19. Lorenzo Savadori /// 20. Joan Mir /// 21. Tito Rabat /// 22. Mika Kallio
The second qualy was underway and the last pole battle of 2020. First provisional poleman was Maverick Viñales with the fastest lap on track, but the joy didn’t lasted long as Franco Morbidelli took his place on standings, meanwhile Bagnaia, Crutchlow, Rins, Quartararo, Zarco, Pol and Aleix were constantly changing at the standings.
As the minutes passed by, the front row standings were shaking constantly. Crutchlow and Quartararo went 2nd and 3rd respectivetly, then Jack Miller make some big impact going 2nd and while Morbidelli through he had the pole secured, Miguel Oliveira confirmed his good performance on free practices and Stormed a perfect lap to take his maiden pole on homeland. And becoming the first Portuguese poleman in the history of Moto GP. Morbidelli and Miller closed the front row for tomorrow’s race.
1. Miguel Oliveira /// 2. Franco Morbidelli /// 3. Jack Miller
4. Cal Crutchlow /// 5. Fabio Quartararo /// 6. Stefan Bradl
7. Johan Zarco /// 8. Maverick Viñales /// 9. Pol Espargaro
10. Alex Rins /// 11. Takaaki Nakagami /// 12. Andrea Dovizioso
A huge day for Miguel Oliveira that could seal a perfect weekend with a win at home, also big saturday for Cal Crutchlow, who could saw himself on podium on his last race on Moto GP. But an unexpected result could also happend tomorrow, as this season has constantly showed on previous races.