Viñales beats Dovizioso to Misano pole

Maverick Viñales

Maverick Viñales has taken pole position for the San Marino Grand Prix as a late effort for Marc Marquez ended with a crash.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) had looked to have achieved a first pole since last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix before Viñales (Movistar Yamaha) went faster in the final minute of Q2.

The top three in the championship had already provisionally sat on the front row, with the order ultimately set as Viñales on pole, Dovizioso in the middle, and Marquez (Repsol Honda) third.

Marquez had gone fastest at the end of the first runs, bumping Viñales out of first position at that stage.

Jorge Lorenzo looked like he might take pole position when he went fastest to the third sector at the start of his second run, but only went on to third fastest at the time.

Instead, it was the other factory Ducati of Dovizioso that went to the top of the timesheets, inside the final two minutes of the quarter-hour session.

Marquez then went faster again to the second sector before going down at Turn 13, bringing an end to his session.

Moments later, Viñales laid down a 1:32.439 to go 0.162s faster than Dovizioso.

The pole is the Spaniard’s first since Mugello, seven races ago, and breaks Marquez’s four-race streak.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) lifted late to secure fourth on the starting grid, alongside Lorenzo and Johann Zarco (Tech 3 Yamaha).

Row 3 will be Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati), and Aleix Espargaro (Gresini Aprilia).

Alvaro Bautista (Aspar Ducati) came through Q1 to qualify 10th fastest, and will be joined on Row 4 by factory Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro and fellow Q1 rider Karel Abraham (Aspar Ducati).

Both Jonas Folger and Jack Miller lost their places in Q2 when their respective best lap times were stripped for exceeding track limits.

Miller (Marc VDS Honda) dropped to 14th on the grid and Folger (Tech 3 Yamaha) 16th as a result, the latter having initially been classified fastest in Q1.

The Red Bull KTMs were lead by Pol Espargaro in 17th, while 20th-placed Alex Rins finished one position ahead of Suzuki Ecstar team-mate Andrea Iannone.

Sunday’s 28-lap race starts at 2200 AEST.

Qualifying: San Marino Grand Prix

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’32.439
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’32.601 0.162 / 0.162
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’32.636 0.197 / 0.035
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 1’32.768 0.329 / 0.132
5 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1’32.792 0.353 / 0.024
6 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’32.885 0.446 / 0.093
7 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’32.992 0.553 / 0.107
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 1’32.997 0.558 / 0.005
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1’33.149 0.710 / 0.152
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1’33.417 0.978 / 0.268
11 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’33.491 1.052 / 0.074
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1’34.374 1.935 / 0.883
13 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1’33.920 Q1 / Q1
14 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1’33.933 Q1 / 0.013
15 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1’33.946 Q1 / 0.013
16 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’33.987 Q1 / 0.041
17 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1’34.080 Q1 / 0.093
18 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1’34.095 Q1 / 0.015
19 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 1’34.132 Q1 / 0.037
20 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1’34.138 Q1 / 0.006
21 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1’34.148 Q1 / 0.010
22 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1’34.507 Q1 / 0.359
23 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1’35.659 Q1 / 1.152

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