MOTO GP – Catalan GP – Qualifying
The Championship goes for a second time on Spanish lands for the 2nd time, for the 7th event on the calendar. After last week’s race, Yamaha set to repeat the result on Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The first qualy session saw quite some names that could be on the Q2 fighting for pole. Miller, Nakagami, Lecuona and Marc Marquez were among the favourites. The Spaniard on the Tech 3 KTM Iker Lecuona started up front, with the Spaniard on the Pramac Jorge Martin, making a return on racing after the incident he suffered in Portugal.
Jack Miller finished the first stint ahead, followed by Lecuona on 2nd and Nakagami, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro quite close for the first 2 spots. Riders were pushing hard on their last attempt, even Lecuona went to the gravel after pushing to hard. Jack Miller took the first spot on Q2 followed by a big lap from Pol Espargaro. Leaving Marc Marquez just tenths outside of Q2.
13. Marc Márquez /// 14. Takaaki Nakagami /// 15. Jorge Martín
16. Iker Lecuona /// 17. Enea Bastianini /// 18. Danilo Petrucci
19. Luca Marini /// 20. Álex Márquez /// 21. Lorenzo Savadori
2nd qualy session went green on another contested battle for pole position. Fabio Quartararo started ahead from the rest, as he was followed by Miller, Oliveira, Zarco and Viñales. Incidents were happening on track, as Rossi crashed on a good attempt.
As the time passed by, only Miller was getting close to the time of Quartararo, but at his last attempt, he lost control of his bike and went to the ground. Finishing 2nd behind of Quartararo, who clinched his 5th consecutive pole position. Zarco closes the front row, Oliveira on 4th, Morbidelli finishes 5th and Viñales closes the 2nd row.
1. Fabio Quartararo /// 2. Jack Miller ///3. Johann Zarco
4. Miguel Oliveira /// 5. Franco Morbidelli /// 6. Maverick Viñales
7. Aleix Espargaro /// 8. Brad Binder /// 9. Francesco Bagnaia
10. Joan Mir /// 11. Valentino Rossi ///12. Pol Espargaro
Yamaha looking as the team to beat, as they keep looking strong on Qualy and they could keep working great results on the Saturdays, Ducati and KTM need to improve on qualys if they still want to be championship contenders.