Moto GP – Indonesian GP – Qualyfing
After a thrilling battle under the lights in Qatar. The calendar takes the teams and riders to the exotic islands of Indonesia, as a debutant circuit prepares for the return of the Indonesian GP at the Moto GP calendar.
As there’s a massive group of variables affecting this weekend’s event. A unusual Q1 saw many factory teams having to take part of the first qualy session. Marc Marquez, Francesco Bagnaia, Joan Mir, Pol Espargaro, were some of the most notable names. Frist stint saw Francesco Bagnaia and Marco Bezzecchi leading at the standings, meanwhile Marc Marquez was attempting an unusual tripple-stint session, as the Spaniard was the frist to enter.
As Marc was the only one on track, it was clear that the Honda bike was struggling to keep the grip on track, it was confirmed moments later as the bike lose control of the bike. Marquez then started looking for a scottter, as he was looking to get back to the box for a last attempt on the 2nd bike.
As the last minutes of the session were ending, Francesco Bagnaia was improving the bike’s performance and improved the fastest laps. Many riders were on the hurry on the last attempt, with Marc Marquez pushing to the limit after getting on the bike, he’ll eventually had a similar incident on the same turn. Joan Mir and Marco Bezzecchi were other victims of the poor asphalt conditions. Fabio Di Giannantonio was the 2nd rider that followed Francesco Bagnaia to the next qualy session.
13. Luca Marini /// 14. Marco Bezzecchi /// 15. Marc Márquez
16. Pol Espargaró /// 17. Andrea Dovizioso /// 18. Joan Mir
19. Álex Márquez /// 20. Maverick Viñales /// 21. Raúl Fernández
22. Remy Gardner /// 23. Darryn Binder ///24. Takaaki Nakagami
Lights turn green and the battle for the 2nd pole was underway; With a notable absence of Honda Bikes at the session. The first laps saw Fabio Quartararo as the provisional pole sitter, with the 2 Ducatis of Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin following closely. Franco Morbidelli was the first rider that crashed on the session.
As the riders entered on for the last stint, the only rider at track was Francesco Bagnaia, as the Italian entered earlier to the box, in order to have a clear track. With few minutes to go, the Yamaha was felling confortable on track, as Fabio Quartararo improved his fastest lap at 1’31″067. Aleix Espargaro was the 2nd rider to have an incident on track. As riders tried to make a strong lap in order to claim pole position, Quartararo’s lap was clear from the rest, clinching the 16th career pole position at Moto GP. With a double Pramac at the front row, as Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco ended 2nd and 3rd respectively.
1. Fabio Quartararo /// 2. Jorge Martin /// 3. Johann Zarco
4. Brad Binder /// 5. Enea Bastianini /// 6. Francesco Bagnaia
7. Miguel Oliveira /// 8. Alex Rins /// 9. Jack Miller
10. Aleix Espargaro /// 11. Fabio Di Giannantonio /// 12. Franco Morbidelli
A unexpected turn of events for Yamaha, as the team seems to have an advantage on this track layout. A completely different story compared to what happened on Qatar a few weeks ago. Racing pace is still umpredictable, as track and weather conditions could drastically change on tomorrow’s raceday.