Quartararo takes Barcelona pole as Miller misses Q2

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 16th June, 2019 - 12:54am


Fabio Quartararo pic:

Satellite Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo has claimed a second career MotoGP pole in Catalunya while Jack Miller failed to advance to Qualifying 2 after a crash.

Quartararo’s 1:39.484s was 0.015s than Marc Marquez’s best effort, while a trio of Yamahas headed up by that of Maverick Viñales fill third to fifth positions.

The two Petronas SRT Yamahas sat atop the timesheets at the end of the first runs in Q2, although it was Franco Morbidelli heading rookie Quartararo.

Viñales was first to start his second run and moved into the lead with a 1:39.710s on the #12 Monster Energy Yamaha, seconds before Quartararo came through to set what would be the benchmark time.

Marquez was fifth after the first runs and improved to second position on his penultimate flyer, but missed out on another chance to snatch pole when he then nearly highsided his Repsol Honda at Turn 4.

Morbidelli found no improvement when he left pit lane again, and would prove a single thousandth of a second too slow to make the front row.

It was still a commendable performance from the Italian given that he had experienced a major highside in Free Practice 3 earlier in the day, and come through Qualifying 1, while team-mate Quartararo had undergone arm pump surgery early in the week.

Fifth went to Valentino Rossi on the second factory Yamaha, while Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) could only move himself from the outside of the third row to the outside of the second row with the chequered flag out.

In doing so, he pushed team-mate Danilo Petrucci, who suffered a mid-session crash while not actually on a hot lap, back to the third row.

Petrucci will be joined there by Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar), who crashed at Turn 10 in the final three minutes while set to go faster, and Cal Crutchlow (Castrol LCR Honda).

Row 4 will be Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda), the second of the Q1 starters in Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar), and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory).

Miller was fastest when he lost the front end of his Pramac Ducati at Turn 5 in the early stages of Q1, after which he was shuffled back to fourth position.

He looked a chance of rescuing a place in the second 15-minute stanza when he went back out on his second bike but could not put the lap together at the end and will start 14th, outside of team-mate Francesco Bagnaia.

The 24-lap race starts on Sunday at 2200 AEST.

Qualifying: Catalan MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:39.484  
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:39.499 0.015 / 0.015
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:39.710 0.226 / 0.211
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:39.711 0.227 / 0.001
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:39.753 0.269 / 0.042
6 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:39.777 0.293 / 0.024
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:39.844 0.360 / 0.067
8 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:39.870 0.386 / 0.026
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:40.151 0.667 / 0.281
10 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:40.199 0.715 / 0.048
11 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:40.240 0.756 / 0.041
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:40.425 0.941 / 0.185
13 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:40.167 Q1 / Q1
14 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1:40.271 Q1 / 0.104
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:40.349 Q1 / 0.078
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:40.362 Q1 / 0.013
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:40.400 Q1 / 0.038
18 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:40.427 Q1 / 0.027
19 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:40.682 Q1 / 0.255
20 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:40.752 Q1 / 0.070
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:40.839 Q1 / 0.087
22 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia 1:41.232 Q1 / 0.393
23 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:41.270 Q1 / 0.038
24 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:41.748 Q1 / 0.478 comment policy

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