Fabio Quartararo takes pole ahead of teammate Maverick Viñales, with Jack Miller taking P3.
With the rain returning for Q2, the start of the session had the MotoGP men switching to slicks and rehearsing the flag-to-flag bike swap, in preparation for tomorrow’s race.
The session was action-packed, the constant position changes making it hard to look away.
With just 3 minutes of the session remaining, we looked set to have a Honda front row lockout, as the rain began and continued to the flag. However, both Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP riders stormed to the front, with Viñales being the first to take the lead, and Quartararo to steal it soon after. While Franco Morbidelli was set to take the final front row spot, Miller took a final dash to squeeze the Italian back to fourth place. Despite both Petronas Racing SRT riders being the first to set fast laps in the session – having started on slicks – Valentino Rossi ended Q2 just a little further down the grid in 9th.
Despite almost locking out the front row, the Honda’s best qualifying result was P6, in the form of Marc Marquez, who looked set to take Pole when the chequered flag came out; however, the last-lap dash pushed the Repsol Honda Team rider back to 6th place. Provisional P2 man Takaaki Nakagami fell back to P7, while last-minute crasher Pol Espargaro will start from 8th place.
Miguel Oliveira once again leads the KTMs in 10th, while teammate Brad Binder will start from back in 21stplace. Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing’s Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona will start in P17 and P18, respectively.
Lorenzo Savadori starts from P11 tomorrow, as today has shown the Italian’s best MotoGP results to date, with a 2nd place in Free Practice 3 also. The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini rider managed to top the Q1 session along with Luca Marini, who will start from 12th. Savadori’s teammate Aleix Espargaro just missed out on Q2, and achieved P13 for the race.
The Team Suzuki ECSTAR pair continue to struggle this weekend, with both riders failing to enter Q2, Joan Mir is set to start from 14th, and Alex Rins will follow behind in 15th place. Title leader Francesco Bagnaia also missed out from Q2, and will start from a dismal 16th place.
Alex Marquez begins Row 7 in P19, with Tito Rabat following in 20th. Enea Bastianini rounds out the grid in 22nd place.
Can Quartararo take a home win, and how will the weather play its part?
MotoGP’s Race will begin at 14:00 Local Time (GMT +2).
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