Moto GP – British GP – Qualyfing
After a long 5-week wait, the championship resumes where it was left, with Fabio Quartararo leading the standings, a inspired and unexpected Aleix Espargaro as runner up and a mix of riders with the hope of doing a late comeback, as the 2nd part of the season begins, at the mighty Silverstone track.
Drama began early before the qualy session, as Aleix Espargaro suffered a huge incident on FP4, the Spaniard was able to take part on the qualy session, despite a noticeable pain when the rider attempted to walk.
Its been a crazy couple of weeks for many riders taking part on the first qualy session, with some one already knowing their destiny for the next season, and others counting their final career races. Di Giannantonio, Bezzecchi, Oliveira, Binder or Bezzecchi were some of the main candidates. Bastianini quickly move up front on the 1’58 mark, as Oliveira followed by.
2nd stint saw quite a movement on the standings, with Binder on provisional pass, as Marquez, Di Giannantonio, Bezzecchi and Oliveira were pushing hard. It looked that the Portuguese rider would take part on the next session, but a late charge from Bezzecchi denied the KTM rider a chance for a better spot on the grid. Bastianini and Bezzecchi advanced.
13. Miguel Oliveira /// 14. Brad Binder /// 15. Fabio Di Giannantonio
16. Remy Gardner /// 17. Alex Marquez /// 18. Stefan Brald
19. Pol Espargaro /// 20. Franco Morbidelli ///21. Takaaki Nakagami
22. Raul Fernandez /// 23. Darryl Binder /// 24. Andrea Dovizioso
The Q2 went green, as the expectancy increases, with several riders with an oportunity to start the second half of the calendar with a pole position. Championship leader Fabio Quartararo striked first with the provisional pole on the first stint of the session, with a noticeable gap of +0.001 ahead of Jack Miller on 2nd; Martin, Zarco and Marini closed the top 5, as riders changed the bike for the second stint.
Battle for pole looked tight, as the riders seek for the best posible lap, an enormous effort saw Aleix Espargaro on provisional pole, after his huge crash on FP4. Meanwhile many riders hit red sectors on their last flying lap. An thrilling session ending saw 8 riders breaking the qualy track record, with 6 of them being on a +0.200 gap differential with the pole sitter. Which in this session, was once again Johann Zarco, with Maverick Viñales as runner up and Jack Miller closing the front row.
1. Johann /// 2. Fabio Quartararo /// 3. Johann Zarco
4. Fabio Quartararo /// 5. Francesco Bagnaia ///6. Pol Espargaro
7. Marco Bezzecchi /// 8. Enea Bastianini /// 9. Jorge Martin
10. Luca Marini /// 11. Alex Rins /// 12. Joan Mir
An intense qualy session that saw a contested battle for pole. With a remarkable performance for Aleix Espargaro, after bouncing back from that incident, as the Spaniard keeps the hopes of redicing ghe gap on championship standings, with tomorrow’s race up to come.