Quartararo defies injury and Viñales to claim Aragon pole

Fabio Quartararo pic: MotoGP.com

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo scored a 10th MotoGP pole in Aragon Grand Prix qualifying just hours after a major Free Practice 3 crash left him with a hip injury.

Quartararo, who also fell in Friday practice amid high winds and cold temperatures, suffered a nasty highside on his Petronas SRT Yamaha in FP3 at Turn 14.

The Frenchman had to be helped to his feet and was taken to the medical centre for checks on his hip, though was found to have escaped fractures.

However, Quartararo, who leads the championship by 10 points over Suzuki’s Joan Mir, shocked the field when he returned to claim a fourth pole of his 2020 campaign.

Despite battling pain, Quartararo emerged to set provisional pole with a 1:47.657s, 0.089s ahead of FP4 pacesetter Franco Morbidelli after the first runs.

Friday fast man Maverick Viñales lowered the mark to a 1:47.122s on the works Yamaha, before Quartararo defied his injury to fire in a 1:47.076s to win pole.

Viñales clung on to second, with LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow claiming a first front row start in over a year.

Morbidelli qualified fourth ahead of Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller and Mir, with Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) rounding out the first three rows.

There was drama between the Espargaro brothers, with Aleix and KTM rider Pol making contact in the dying stages of Q2 at the final corner. Pol Espargaro ended up 12th behind Alex Marquez (Honda) and Alex Rins (Suzuki).

An incensed Andrea Dovizioso, who was knocked out of Q1 by Ducati runners Miller and Petrucci, will start 13th.

Riders will return for warmup at 20:00 AEDT on Sunday ahead of the 10th race of the season at 00:00.

Qualifying: Aragon MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:47.076  
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:47.122 0.046 / 0.046
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:47.305 0.229 / 0.183
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:47.317 0.241 / 0.012
5 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1:47.413 0.337 / 0.096
6 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:47.679 0.603 / 0.266
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:47.759 0.683 / 0.080
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:47.924 0.848 / 0.165
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:47.988 0.912 / 0.064
10 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:48.035 0.959 / 0.047
11 73 Alex MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:48.189 1.113 / 0.154
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:48.202 1.126 / 0.013
13 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:47.752 Q1 / Q1
14 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:47.853 Q1 / 0.101
15 27 Iker LECUONA ESP Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:48.005 Q1 / 0.152
16 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1:48.068 Q1 / 0.063
17 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:48.386 Q1 / 0.318
18 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:48.431 Q1 / 0.045
19 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:48.556 Q1 / 0.125
20 53 Tito RABAT ESP Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1:48.558 Q1 / 0.002
21 6 Stefan BRADL GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:49.166 Q1 / 0.608

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