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Italian MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo makes it four poles in a row

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Italian MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo makes it four poles in a row

It’s four pole positions in a row for Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo thanks to a stunning 1: 45.187 in qualifying at the Italian MotoGP. 

A unusual lap tale enabled the World Championship leader to fend off closest rival, Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia on Saturday afternoon. 

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Third-placed Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing), left it late to seal a front row start in P3 as the 2 Ducatis hunt the Yamaha intently.

The pinnacle three in the Championship will sit 1-2-3 on the Mugello start line for Spherical 6 of the season, with Aprilia’s Espargaro claiming his easiest Saturday outcome of the season to spearhead Row 2. Jack Miller will be hoping he can slipstream his way to the front when the lights exit on Sunday, P5 for the Aussie, with South Africa’s Brad Binder leading the way for KTM in sixth.

Tempers fray in Q1

The opening 15 minutes of qualifying saw Yamaha’s other title hopeful Maverick Viñales left with loads of labor to terminate in declare to accumulate into the pole position fight at Mugello, with the likes of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) joining him. It was Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) and Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) who led the way, with Viñales getting frustrated with Marc Marquez as the eight-time World Champion bent himself onto the back wheel of the Yamaha.

Marc Marquez, in the slipstream of Viñales, went P1 as the latter placed P2, outdated to Aleix Espargaro then climbed to P2. This meant Viñales crucial to find time on his final lap, and he was thru the third sector as the quickest man, nevertheless a mistake at the final nook cost the Spaniard. Marc Marquez and Aleix Espargaro headed into Q2, Viñales will start P13.

ITALIAN MOTOGP, MUGELLO – FULL QUALIFYING RESULTS

POSRIDERNATTEAMTIME/DIFFLAPMAX
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1’45.187s6/7348k
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.230s7/7352k
3Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.245s7/7360k
4Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.351s7/7353k
5Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.411s7/7359k
6Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.556s7/8358k
7Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.558s6/8353k
8Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.809s3/6347k
9Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.889s6/8354k
10Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.897s7/7340k
11Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.938s3/4352k
12Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.206s7/7350k
 Qualifying 1:     
13Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1’46.045s6/7341k
14Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*1’46.129s7/7359k
15Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)1’46.195s3/7351k
16Michele PirroITAPramac Ducati (GP21)1’46.302s6/6355k
17Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*1’46.481s6/6354k
18Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)1’46.548s7/7347k
19Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1’46.77s7/7350k
20Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)1’47.084s6/7351k
21Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*1’47.146s3/7353k
22Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)1’47.216s3/6353k

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