Quartararo takes pole, Miller on front row at Jerez

Fabio Quartararo. Picture: MotoGP.com

Fabio Quartararo has taken pole position for the Spanish MotoGP while Jack Miller made the front row in qualifying at Jerez.

Quartararo, the championship leader, was the class of the field again on his Monster Energy Yamaha and finished 0.057s ahead of Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Franco Morbidelli.

Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) ended up third, 0.105s away from pole, having been handed a belated bye to Qualifying 2 due to Morbidelli having two lap times cancelled in Free Practice 3.

Marc Marquez, who escaped a fast crash in FP3 without major injuries, qualified 14th after he could not get his Repsol Honda out of Qualifying 1.

Miller experienced technical dramas in FP4 but looked fast when Q2 got underway, going to a 1:37.244s on his first flyer.

He was quickest until Quartararo made the time look relatively pedestrian by banking a 1:36.807s straight out of the box, before Morbidelli clocked a 1:36.812s.

The Yamaha riders therefore sat first and second after the first runs, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu LCR Honda) on a 1:37.008s and Miller on a 1:37.021s.

Morbidelli started his second run with a 1:36.886s and while following laps yielded no improvement either, it mattered not for the Italian.

Miller did, however, edge back up to third with the 1:36.860s which he set while following team-mate Francesco Bagnaia around the Jerez circuit.

Quartararo consolidated his hold on first position with a 1:36.755s just seconds before the chequered flag, after which Bagnaia dug himself out of a hole in going from 10th to fourth on a 1:36.960s.

Nakagami therefore ended up fifth ahead of Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati), Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Gresini), Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar), Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM), and Stefan Bradl (Honda HRC).

Earlier, it was Morbidelli and Binder who got out of Q1, while factory Honda team-mates Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez ended up 13th and 14th on the grid, respectively.

Miguel Oliveira would have been ahead of that duo but had his last lap time cancelled and was therefore relegated to 16th on his Red Bull KTM, one spot up on Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT).

Race start is due on Sunday at 22:00 AEST, with 25 laps the journey.

Qualifying: Spanish MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:36.755  
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:36.812 0.057 / 0.057
3 43 Jack MILLER AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:36.860 0.105 / 0.048
4 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:36.960 0.205 / 0.100
5 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:37.008 0.253 / 0.048
6 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:37.054 0.299 / 0.046
7 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:37.070 0.315 / 0.016
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:37.085 0.330 / 0.015
9 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:37.124 0.369 / 0.039
10 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:37.154 0.399 / 0.030
11 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:37.467 0.712 / 0.313
12 6 Stefan BRADL GER Honda HRC Honda 1:37.502 0.747 / 0.035
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:37.407 Q1 / Q1
14 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:37.489 Q1 / 0.082
15 23 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 1:37.675 Q1 / 0.186
16 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:37.746 Q1 / 0.071
17 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:37.915 Q1 / 0.169
18 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 1:37.925 Q1 / 0.010
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:38.065 Q1 / 0.140
20 73 Alex MARQUEZ ESP LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:38.069 Q1 / 0.004
21 27 Iker LECUONA ESP Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:38.139 Q1 / 0.070
22 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:38.325 Q1 / 0.186
23 53 Tito RABAT ESP Pramac Racing Ducati 1:38.641 Q1 / 0.316

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