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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Marc Marquez, in the slipstream of Viñales, went P1 as the latter placed P2, outdated to Aleix Espargaro then climbed to P2.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

POS RIDER NAT TEAM TIME/DIFF LAP MAX
1 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1’45.187s 6/7 348k
2 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Team (GP21) +0.230s 7/7 352k
3 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP21) +0.245s 7/7 360k
4 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) +0.351s 7/7 353k
5 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Team (GP21) +0.411s 7/7 359k
6 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +0.556s 7/8 358k
7 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM (RC16) +0.558s 6/8 353k
8 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.809s 3/6 347k
9 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.889s 6/8 354k
10 Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.897s 7/7 340k
11 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.938s 3/4 352k
12 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +1.206s 7/7 350k
  Qualifying 1:          
13 Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1’46.045s 6/7 341k
14 Enea Bastianini ITA Avintia Ducati (GP19)* 1’46.129s 7/7 359k
15 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 1’46.195s 3/7 351k
16 Michele Pirro ITA Pramac Ducati (GP21) 1’46.302s 6/6 355k
17 Luca Marini ITA Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)* 1’46.481s 6/6 354k
18 Danilo Petrucci ITA KTM Tech3 (RC16) 1’46.548s 7/7 347k
19 Valentino Rossi ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1’46.77s 7/7 350k
20 Iker Lecuona SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16) 1’47.084s 6/7 351k
21 Lorenzo Savadori ITA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1’47.146s 3/7 353k
22 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) 1’47.216s 3/6 353k

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