Moto GP – Malaysia GP – Qualifying
Last stop of the asian tour and penultimate round of a intense conteste championship chase. As the Sepang International circuit could see the coronation of a new MotoGP champion, with the correct set of results. Tension can be feel on the track, as both main contenders fell of the bike on the same turn, but in differente Free Practice sessions.
First qualy session started with championship leader Francesco Bagnaia having to win a spot on the next session, with a full package of 14 riders looking for 2 advancing spots. Pecco didn’t waste time, as the Ducati rider went up top on the 2nd lap attempt, meanwhile his teammate Jack Miller was provisional 2nd, with Binder, Crutchlow and Zarco on the hunt, at the top 5.
Second part was definetly a sloppy one, as riders went on track for their last attemtps, first attemtp saw Alex Marquez met the gravel, compromising the lap times, with only a minute left, Jack Miller was ahead of the group on a flying lap, but the Aussie also suffered the same outcome as Alex, a big hit that compromises his passing to the next session. Bagnaia was quite clear on the 1st, as some riders made a last attemtp for the second spot. Di Giannantonio and Binder were quite close, but at the end Marc Marquez made some late magic, to gain a spot at the battle for pole position.
13. Brad Binder /// 14. Jack Miller /// 15. Cal Crutchlow
16. Fabio Di Giannantonio /// 17. Pol Espargaro (P) /// 18. Johann Zarco
19. Miguel Oliveira /// 20. Remy Gardner ///21. Alex Marquez (LL)
22. Raul Fernandez /// 23. Tetsuta Nagashima /// 24. Darryn Binder
With the track set, Q2 went green and riders hit the track. A massive session that could mean a significant outcome on the championship’s resolution. A massive shint was made for Jorge Martin, as the Pramac rider demolished Pecco’s time by more than six tenths. With future Ducati rider Enea Bastianini and Mooney rider Luca Marini closing provisional front row. Meanwhile Bagnaia was 6th, Aleix Espargaro on 8th and an injury Fabio Quartararo was provisional 11th.
Final attempts were underway, with Bagnaia and Marquez starting its respective laps, both looking strong on the frust sector, but drama develops, as Bagnaia lost the bike on turn 4 and ended his session prematurely. Fortunately for him, both Aleix Espargaro and Fabio Quartararo were unable to improve, as the Aprillia bike also find the gravel and Yahama’s rider could improve due to his hand injury. It was a full show for Jorge Martin as the Spaniard demolish the track record by more than half a second and clinching pole position. Enea Bastianini with another strong qualy session on 2nd and Marc Marquez make closes the front row, with a big 3rd place, after a sloppy friday.
1. Jorge Martin /// 2. Enea Bastianini /// 3. Marc Marquez
4. Marco Bezzecchi /// 5. Alex Rins /// 6. Luca Marini
7. Franco Morbidelli /// 8. Maverick Viñales /// 9. Francesco Bagnaia
10. Aleix Espargaro /// 11. Joan Mir /// 12. Fabio Quartararo
A hard and trickly session, that saw the main contenders on the middle of the starting grid. As track conditions looks that will keep alike from today’s session, raceday could be a chaotic one for the participant riders.