AndaluciaGP: Fabio Quartararo claims another Jerez pole

Published on July 25, 2020
By Short Shift News

Fabio Quartararo will start his third Spanish GP from pole position after Maverick Viñales’ last lap effort that saw the Monster Energy Yamaha rider’s go to the top of the timesheets but later have his lap cancelled.

Viñales remains second with Francesco Bagnaia taking third position after a competitive start to his 2020 campaign.

Valentino Rossi cut the gap from one second to pole last weekend to just 0.3s, The Doctor will head row two ahead of top KTM, Miguel Oliveira aboard the Tech 3 machine. Franco Morbidelli came through Q1 and will start the Andalucia GP from sixth.

Jack Miller will head the third row ahead of Takaaki Nakagami, who could have been higher on the grid, but ran off the track at the final corner.

Brad Binder was the leading factory KTM in ninth while row four is completed by Joan Mir, Danilo Petrucci and Pol Espargaro.

Cal Crutchlow put in a heroic effort to qualify 13th ahead of former Ducati team-mate, Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco.

Aleix Espargaro’s poor Saturday form continued, the Aprilia rider will launch from 16th on the grid, ahead of Iker Lecuona and Tito Rabat.

The final row of the grid is formed by Bradley Smith, Alex Rins and Alex Marquez, who had a late fall at turn five – potentially injuring his right arm.

The main talking point from qualifying was that of Marc Marquez. The Spaniard pulled into the pits midway through Q1, walking through the garage and into the team truck.

Alberto Puig confirmed to media that Marquez will withdraw from the Andalucia GP.

The race kicks off on Sunday at 14:00 local time.


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