Maverick Vinales showed up Yamaha’s great practice pace by taking pole position, ahead of tomorrow’s San Marino Grand Prix.
For a brief moment, it seemed that KTM and Pol Esparagaro were going to shock the MotoGP paddock by taking pole position. However, Yamaha and Vinales were going to deny the Austrian outfit with a 1:32.265 -three tenths faster than Espargaro- who still managed to take his and KTM’s best qualifying result in 2nd.
Vinales’ veteran teammate Valentino Rossi was in the middle of controversy with his arch rival Marc Marquez. Both were on a flying lap with Marquez then sending a late move on Rossi. The Italian -who was clearly displeased with the move- then sent a block pass to Marquez, two corners later. Both managed to get away without a penalty. Marquez will start 5th while Rossi starts 7th.
The two Petronas Yamaha’s managed to qualify in 3rd and 4th with Quartararo once again out qualifying Franco Morbidelli. The Frenchman seemed disappointed to only be on the outside of the front row.
The top Ducati was Andrea Dovizioso who managed to just sneak onto the 2nd row in 6th ahead of his two teammates Michele Pirro in 12th and a very disappointing Danilo Petrucci in 17th.
The two Suzuki men of Alex Rins and Joan Mir will start 8th and 9th respectively, with Mir showing great pace, despite this being his first race back from his recent injury.
Elsewhere, Cal Crutchlow will start the San Marino Grand Prix in a disappointing 14th, while his teammate -Takaaki Nakagami- will start up in 10th.
Article by Ollie Cassidy