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Viñales breaks record on way to pole, Miller second-fastest

Daniel Herrero

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Saturday 19th September, 2020 - 11:16pm

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Maverick Viñales broke the all-time Misano lap record while Jack Miller qualified second for the Emilia Romagna MotoGP.

Francesco Bagnaia unofficially set the fastest lap of 1:30.973s just after the chequered flag but the Pramac Ducati rider’s effort was cancelled for exceeding track limits at the final corner.

Instead, it will be Monster Energy Yamaha’s Viñales on pole with his subsequent 1:31.077s, alongside Miller (Pramac Ducati) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas SRT Yamaha).

Bagnaia initially dropped to fourth with the loss of lap time before a very late flyer from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro relegated the Italian to the middle of the second row, which they will share with the other works KTM of Brad Binder.

Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) ended up 10th having come through Qualifying 1 with Miller.

Bagnaia set the pace through the first runs with a 1:31.313s, from Quartararo, Binder, and Viñales, while Miller was slowest having started with a used soft Michelin on the rear of #43.

Viñales opted for a two-stop strategy and, after moving up to second with a 1:31.386s at the start of his second run, went to the top with a 1:31.268s on the lap which immediately followed.

Miller was still 12th having just had a lap cancelled ahead of his final flyer, but followed his team-mate and Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) around the circuit as the Pramac duo went first and second.

While Bagnaia’s lap was suspect, the Australian’s 1:31.153s would not be pole in any event given Viñales split them on the timing screen when he took the chequered flag.

Quartararo then set a 1:31.222s to move to fourth, which became a front row start when the lap cancellation for #63 was confirmed.

Espargaro subsequently took over fourth proper by clocking a 1:31.308s, pipping the first run benchmark which Bagnaia reverted to.

Rossi ended up seventh, from Franco Morbidelli (Petronas SRT Yamaha), and Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team).

Row 4 will be Dovizioso alongside Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) and lead Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu LCR), the latter of whom crashed at Turn 15 just as he had done in the practice session which preceded qualifying.

Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Ducati) crashed late in Q1 at Turn 14 before improving to fourth in the session and therefore 14th on the grid.

Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda) qualified 17th, one position ahead of Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar).

Honda is down to two entries after factory stand-in Stefan Bradl pulled out following Free Practice 1 due to arm pump.

Castrol LCR’s Cal Crutchlow did not enter the Emilia Romagna round due to his own arm pump complications.

Race start is due on Sunday at 22:00 AEST with 27 laps the journey.

Qualifying: Emilia Romagna MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:31.077  
2 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1:31.153 0.076 / 0.076
3 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:31.222 0.145 / 0.069
4 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:31.308 0.231 / 0.086
5 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:31.313 0.236 / 0.005
6 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:31.389 0.312 / 0.076
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:31.436 0.359 / 0.047
8 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:31.566 0.489 / 0.130
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:31.574 0.497 / 0.008
10 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:31.581 0.504 / 0.007
11 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:31.617 0.540 / 0.036
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:32.284 1.207 / 0.667
13 27 Iker LECUONA ESP Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:31.715 Q1 / Q1
14 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1:31.764 Q1 / 0.049
15 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:31.841 Q1 / 0.077
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:31.912 Q1 / 0.071
17 73 Alex MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:32.198 Q1 / 0.286
18 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:32.275 Q1 / 0.077
19 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:32.486 Q1 / 0.211
20 53 Tito RABAT SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1:32.850 Q1 / 0.364

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