Marc Marquez benefited from a tow off Andrea Dovizioso to snatch pole away from the ever impressive Fabio Quartararo, ahead of tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix!
The defending world champion hasn’t had everything his own way, at a track Ducati have dominated, in recent years. However, Ducati have been struggling this weekend with Andrea Dovizioso and Michele Pirro just about scraping through Q1 to make the fast 12 shootout.
Despite having the momentum in Q1, Dovizioso struggled and the Italian probably didn’t realise that he towed Marc Marquez around the whole lap, which was eventually the pole position lap. Dovizioso will start tomorrow’s must win race in 9th position while Michele Pirro could only manage 12th.
The only Factory Ducati that has looked strong this weekend is the under pressured Danilo Petrucci. The Italian was top of the practice timesheets and managed to take a front row start in 3rd position. Perhaps a little bit of disappointment that he couldn’t manage to get the pole.
Despite Marquez taking pole, the best rider of qualifying surely has to be Petronas Yamaha’s Fabio Quartarao who still manages to surprise us all! Despite Mugello being a track which requires a lot of horsepower -which Yamaha is struggling a lot with-, the Frenchman managed to take a stunning 2nd position.
If it wasn’t for Marquez’s tow, then Quartararo would already have his 2nd MotoGP pole position, despite losing at least two tenths on the main straight! Quartararo’s teammate Franco Morbidelli also managed a superb 4th position but sadly his rookie teammate is taking a lot of the headlines.
It was a great day for Petronas Yamaha but once again, the Factory Yamaha team struggled. Maverick Vinales could only manage to qualify in 7th while Valentino Rossi is having a horror show at Mugello qualifying all the way down in 18th behind both Avintia Ducati’s! Rossi has to pray for a miracle to finish Sunday’s race in the top 10 let alone the top 5!
The two main satellite teams from Honda and Ducati -Pramac and LCR- have shown great pace, throughout the weekend! Jack Miller managed to qualify his Pramac in 5th with his rookie teammate Pecco Bagnaia managing to put his 2018 Ducati in 8th!
Cal Crutchlow had a strong qualifying in 6th while his teammate Takaaki Nakagami -who like Bagnaia is also on a 2018 bike- managed to qualify in 10th. Compare that to the other Factory Honda of Jorge Lorenzo who could only manage to qualify 17th, you’ve got to respect the job that the satellite teams do.
Article by Ollie Cassidy