MotoGP: Impeccable Pecco Takes Pole in Ducati Domination
Francesco Bagnaia blasted through the Q2 session, breaking the Lap Record in the process, with a time of 1:46.322, as Jack Miller made it a Ducati 1-2.
The Ducato Lenovo Teamduo proved to be a threat throughout the session, claiming the top spots from the get-go. While the likes of Fabio Quartararo and Marc Marquez took swipes at P1, Pecco’s record-breaking lap in his second run made the Italian untouchable for the final few minutes of the session. While in true Jackass fashion, Miller was able to steal second place from Quartararo at the very last second, while simultaneously shoving Marquez down to 4thon the grid.
As the focus remained on the Top 4, other commendable rides came from Pramac Racing’sJorge Martin, and Avintia Esponsorama’s Enea Bastianini. While both riders were able to mix with the frontrunners at the start of the session, their efforts were short-lived. However, both have achieved respectable starts for tomorrow’s race, with Martin starting from P5, and Bastianini’s debut MotoGP Q2 session ending with 9thplace.
Aleix Espargaro will start from P6 tomorrow, matching the grid position he had in Silverstone last time out – and with that grid resulting in a podium, the potential for tomorrow’s race is promising for the Aprilia Racing Team Gresiniman.
Joan Mir and Pol Espargaro will join Enea Bastianini on Row 3, with respective P7 and P8 results in today’s Q2 session; while Johann Zarco rounds out the Top 10, as the Frenchman was one of two riders that drew the short straw in Qualifying. As Saturday morning saw the Top 14 riders split by just 0.4s, it was the Pramac Racingrider who had to fight through Q1, along with Brad Binder. The pair will start from P10 and P12 on the grid, with LCR Team Idemitsu’s Takaaki Nakagami sandwiched between in 11thplace.
One rider in the Q1 session sticks out more than the rest, as Alex Rins had a disastrous session, and will start from 20thon the grid in tomorrow’s race. Let’s hope the Suzuki ECSTARman will find some form of pace early on, to at least salvage some points.
Will the Ducatis continue their rule at Aragon, or can Fabio find his way through the pair come Race Day?
MotoGP’s Race will begin at 14:00 Local Time (GMT +2).
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