MotoGP: Back-to-Back Poles for Maverick Viñales in Misano
Maverick Viñales has claimed pole position for the second Misano weekend in a row after Francesco Bagnaia’s best effort was cancelled due to exceeding track limits at turn 16.
The Italian was the first and only rider to lap the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, but an off track excursion at the final corner meant that his 1:30.9s lap time was deleted, handing pole position to Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s, Viñales.
The Spaniard claimed pole position last weekend but improved his one lap pace by four tenths of a second with a 1:31.077, +0.076s quicker than Jack Miller, who made it a Ducati 1-2 in Q1.
Aiming to bounce back from a disastrous San Marino Grand Prix, Fabio Quartararo made it back-to-back front row starts for the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT squad, the Frenchman will start the Gran Premio TISSOT dell’Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from third.
Pol Espargaro and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing squad are one of the clear improvers from last weekend. The Spanish rider set the fourth quickest time, heading row two ahead of Bagnaia and team-mate, Brad Binder.
Valentino Rossi was shuffled back to seventh after jumping up to fifth, The Doctor heads the third row ahead of San Marino GP race winner Franco Morbidelli and Ducatis Danilo Petrucci.
Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso could only manage tenth fastest ahead of Joan Mir and an unfortunate Takaaki Nakagami, who suffered yet another turn 15 crash.
The first of the riders to fail to make it into Q2 is Iker Lecuona who will start 13th on the grid. The MotoGP rookie heads row six ahead of Johann Zarco, who suffered a late crash but got back on to continue his charge for the top two positions, and a beat up Miguel Oliveira.
Row seven will be headed by Aleix Espargaro, who also took a trip to the gravel, with Alex Marquez and a disappointing Alex Rins in 17th and 18th places.
The field is completed by Britain’s Bradley Smith and Spain’s Tito Rabat.
Lights go out for round seven of the MotoGP World Championship tomorrow at 14:00 local time, will we see another Yamaha win?
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