MotoGP: Bagnaia Takes Consecutive Pole in Italy

Published on September 19, 2021
By Admin

The Ducati Lenovo Team take another 1-2 on the grid, with Jack Miller in second, followed by Fabio Quartararo.

With dark clouds looming over the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Francesco Bagnaia faced multiple rivals for Pole at the start of the session, with the likes of Jorge Martin, Aleix Espargaro, Marc Marquez and Fabio Quartararo all flying up the board to briefly take the P1 spot – with Quartararo leading at the end of Run 1. However, the second run in the session had Pecco blast the lap record to take Pole with less than 2 minutes remaining; the Italian’s 1:31.065 secured his P1 start for today’s race.

Shortly after Pecco’s astounding run, teammate Jack Miller saw himself fly to second position. After averaging mid-pack for most of the session, the Ducati duo will both have solid starts later today. Despite his best efforts heading into the second run, Quartararo will start at the end of the first row in P3, after a last-lap crash prevented the Frenchman from improving his time.

The Pramac Racingpair will head the second row of the grid, as Jorge Martin’s early pace secured him 4thplace, while a last-minute dash from Johann Zarco bumped him up to 5thposition. Pol Espargaro also had a last-lap dash to steal P6 from teammate Marc Marquez. Marquez and Aleix Espargaro had promising starts, but both suffered from crashes in Run 2 while attempting to follow Bagnaia on track, and so the pair were hit with several demotions down the order, as neither were able to re-join the session before the flag. Alex Rins follows behind and rounds out Row 3 in 9thplace.

Maverick Viñales is set to start the race from P10 on the grid; after topping the FP1 timesheets on Friday, as well as making it into Q2 on Saturday, the newly appointed Aprilia Racing Team Gresinirider could have some promising results in the Race.

The unluckiest rider of the session would arguably be that of Joan Mir. The Suzuki ECSTARman just could not find a pace while facing issues with the bike – having a tyre swap mid-session, and then attempting to enter the garage a second time later on, only to be turned away by his team. Eventually, when possibly finding an opportunity to set a decent lap time, Quartararo’s crash ultimately halted the Spaniard’s chances, leaving Mir to start the race from 11thplace on today’s grid, just ahead of Bastianini in 12th.

A drama filled Q2 had both ups and downs for the MotoGP grid! Will the race be the same?

The MotoGP Race will begin at 14:00 Local Time (GMT +2).

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