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Viñales loses front row start for impeding Quartararo

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 16th June, 2019 - 9:20am

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Maverick Viñales pic: MotoGP.com

Maverick Viñales has lost his front row start for tonight’s Catalan MotoGP due to a grid penalty for impeding Fabio Quartararo.

Replays showed the Monster Energy Yamaha man riding slowly and having even just picked up his front wheel in celebration when Quartararo arrived at Turn 9 on a final flying lap in Qualifying 2.

The French rookie was then seen remonstrating with Viñales having not yet realised that he had done enough to secure a second premier class pole position.

Stewards penalised Viñales three grid positions for “riding in an irresponsible manner”, meaning he will now start the 24-lap race in sixth position.

“I don’t know what to say, I thought I get the chequered flag so I was saying hey to the people, make wheelies and everything and I didn’t understand,” said the Spaniard before learning of his sanction.

“Then I saw Fabio and I saw it too late. I don’t know. I didn’t expect it because I thought I was on chequered flag, I didn’t check the screens, was like this.”

The factory rider’s loss is the satellite team’s gain with Quartararo’s team-mate Franco Morbidelli, who was a thousandth of a second slower than Viñales, promoted to the outside of the front row.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez splits the two Petronas SRT Yamahas at the head of the grid, having finished 0.015s slower than Quartararo after nearly highsiding on his final flying lap.

Race start is 2200 AEST.

Starting grid: Catalan MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike  
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha  
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda  
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha  
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha  
5 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati  
6 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha Penalty
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati  
8 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki  
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda  
10 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda  
11 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki  
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM  
13 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati  
14 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati  
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati  
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda  
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia  
18 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM  
19 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati  
20 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM  
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM  
22 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia  
23 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki  
24 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia  

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