The young Frenchman still manages to surprise us all by taking his 3rd pole position of the season. In a track that favours Yamaha a lot more thanks to the less horsepower dependent layout, Quartararo and Vinales have been battling it out for top spot since FP1.
Unsurprisingly it was Quartararo ahead of Maverick Vinales. The pair were 4 tenths and 3 tenths respectively ahead of the 3rd place Alex Rins. However, their hard work will all be undone if they don’t pull away from the speed dominant Ducati’s and Honda’s. If they don’t, then they will struggle in a battle, with their lack of horsepower.
As mentioned, Alex Rins did a great job, after going through Q1. He managed to knock Valentino Rossi out in Q1 -who will start P14- and then used that momentum to put his Suzuki on the front row.
For the first time this year, Marc Marquez will not start from the front row. The reigning world champion will start in 4th just ahead of the other Suzuki of Joan Mir who was undoubtedly the star of qualifying.
Ducati seemed like they had alright pace, heading into qualifying. However, Danilo Petrucci could only manage 7th and Andrea Dovizioso struggled even more down in 11th!
LCR Honda had a strong day with Cal Crutchlow qualifying in 6th with Takaaki Nakagami 2 places behind him in 8th.
Article by Ollie Cassidy