MOTO GP – Spanish GP – Qualifying
First the calendar touches Spanish lands, as the calendar make a stop on the “Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto”. The track that saw the start of last year’s season, is now the 4th challenge that the riders have to face on this weekend.
First Qualy session saw Oliveira, Morbidelli and both Respol Hondas of Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez as main candidates to advance through next session. With both riders starting strong on the first minutes of the session, but eventually would be displaced by Brad Binder, with Franco Morbidelli and Miguel Oliveira chasing closely.
Last minutes of the session and riders were pushing hard as many red sectors were showed on track. As Morbidelli found its way to the top spot, meanwhile both Marc and Pol couldn’t beat the last spot for Q2. That place was for Brad Binder with the Red Bull KTM ending on 2nd place.
13. Pol Espargaro /// 14. Marc Márquez /// 15. Enea Bastianini
16. Miguel Oliveira /// 17. Valentino Rossi /// 18. Luca Marini
19. Danilo Petrucci ///20. Álex Márquez ///21. Iker Lecuona
22. Lorenzo Savadori /// 23. Tito Rabat
Next session saw quite a unexpected pair of riders with a posibility of a good starting place on the grid, as both LCR Hondas of Takaaki Nakagami and Stefan Bradl. Meanwhile Bagnaia and Quartararo would still be the main candidates for pole position
Times were closed after the first stint of the riders, as Fabio Quartararo was ahead by +.005 of former teammate Franco Morbidelli and +.201 of Nakagami who was on provisional 3rd. Last minutes saw many changes on the middle of the pack, but not much could the Ducati bikes do to avoid Quartararo to take his 14th MotoGP pole position. Morbidelli also ended where he started the 2nd stind and Jack Miller was the fastest Ducati by closing the front row on 3rd
1. Fabio Quartararo /// 2. Franco Morbidelli /// 3. Jack Miller
4. Francesco Bagnaia /// 5. Takaaki Nakagami /// 6. Johann Zarco
7. Maverick Viñales /// 8. Aleix Espargaró /// 9. Álex Rins
10. Joan Mir /// 11. Brad Binder /// 12. Stefan Bradl
A good improvement sends Yamaha bikes at the front of the grid with a good advantage to start the race against their competitors, tomorrow would see if Ducati can still compete even with the grid disadvantage.