2020 MotoGP: Quartararo bags 10th pole at Aragon despite trip to medical centre after FP3

2020 MotoGP: Despite a trip to the medical centre after an FP3 crash, the Frenchman is P1 on Saturday; Viñales and Crutchlow on Row 1, Dovizioso thirteenth

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) is the polesitter for the 10th time after a rollercoaster Saturday, having endured a painful crash throughout FP3 that took him to the medical centre. But the Frenchman was on hearth in Q2 at Aragon setting a 1:47.076 lap beating second-place Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) by simply 0.046 seconds. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) crossed the road in third place, having secured the primary row for the primary time since 2019 Americas GP.

Before Q2 bought underway, an enormous battle in Q1 raged between the Ducatis and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing). Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) topped the 15-minute combat with the most effective lap of the weekend at that point, a 1:47.605, with Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) grabbing the second spot on his final flying lap to demote Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) to P3 and out of Q2. A livid Dovizioso shot straight out the again of the storage, work to do for final 12 months’s Aragon GP runner-up from P13 on the grid.

Morbidelli was the primary to set a lap time in Q2 however that was instantly overwhelmed by Miller, a 1:47.657 was set by the Australian and he was prime of the pile within the early levels. Quartararo slotted into P2 early doorways earlier than Morbidelli snatched P2 again – and virtually P1. 0.002 separated Morbidelli and Miller however there have been loads of crimson sectors lighting up the time screens. Quartararo was a type of and El Diablo shot to P1 and following the Yamaha on observe, Miller improved however stayed P2 – a tenth splitting the pair.

In Sector 3, Vinales was 0.021 below Quartararo’s time and after a stellar last sector, Viñales leapfrogged his Yamaha rival to take provisional pole by 0.171 seconds. Crutchlow crossed the road and moved up to P3 to shove Morbidelli down to P4. Talking of the Italian, Morbidelli was on a fantastic lap and was solely 0.020 off in Sector 3. However, Morbidelli misplaced time down the again straight and despite setting a private finest time, the quantity 21 stayed P4. Viñales was then setting an virtually similar lap time to his present P1 finest, and the quantity 12 got here throughout the road to go barely faster – 0.003 was the benefit gained.

However, Quartararo was simply by means of his first sector and was up. El Diablo was 0.073 sooner than Viñales coming by means of Sector 2, nevertheless it was the following half the place Quartararo gained time. Heading onto the virtually 1km lengthy again straight, the title chase chief was over a tenth and a half below Viñales’ time and despite shedding over a tenth within the last break up, strolling wounded Quartararo went P1 by 0.046 seconds – an exceptional last flying lap.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) set his private finest time on his last flying lap, nevertheless it didn’t fairly see him penetrate the entrance two rows. The Japanese rider was lower than a tenth off Mir’s time and can spearhead Petrucci and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) on Row 3. The latter and youthful brother Pol Espargaro had a little bit of an incident in Q2, the KTM rider tagging the again of the Aprilia, inflicting a part of Pol Espargaro’s wing to be hanging off and due to this fact seeing him unable to set a final gung-ho lap. For Aleix, it’s his second finest qualifying results of the season after P4 in Czechia.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins accomplished the highest 10, with Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) – despite struggling on the smooth tyres in Q2 – cementing his finest MotoGP™ qualifying lead to P11. After the incident, Pol Espargaro had to accept P12.

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