Francesco Bagnaia: “Thought to me that 1:52 was possible”
Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati / 1.): “I’m so happy. I thought yesterday that a 1:52 time would be possible. In my second attempt it looked really good, after the third sector I was very close.”
“It’s my first pole position and my first race with this team. I want to get the best out of it tomorrow and I think we can get a really good result.”
Fabio Quartararo: “Good potential for the race”
Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha / 2.): “It’s a shame I didn’t have another try. The checkered flag came a little early. Still, I’m happy, we managed a good lap. In fourth free practice we tried something that was bad. I didn’t feel good Well.”
“But we have good potential for tomorrow. I will use the bike that I have ridden now. We may have changed too much on the bike today. But we did a good job in qualifying. Now the only thing missing is the race. “
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Maverick Vinales: “Front row was the goal”
Maverick Vinales (Yamaha/3.): “I’m very happy. Our goal was the front row. On my last lap it was kind of dirty at Turn 1, so I didn’t push as I wanted. But I managed a 1: 53.0 and I’m happy with that. ”
“The bike worked really well this afternoon. I really enjoyed the fourth free practice session. But we can still improve. Overall, we’re already very fast. Congratulations to the team, we’re ready for tomorrow.”
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MotoGP Q2: Rossi celebrates fourth place on the grid
MotoGP Q2: The pursuers
Vice world champion Franco Morbidelli is half a second off the top, which puts him in seventh place. Aleix Espargaro qualified the revised Aprilia in eighth place.
Behind them is the Suzuki duo Alex Rins and Joan Mir in positions nine and ten.
Honda doesn’t matter. Takaaki Nakagami and Pol Espargaro occupy positions eleven and twelve.
MotoGP Q2: pole position for Bagnaia!
Nobody else can undercut the 1:53 minute mark. With 1: 52.772 minutes, Francesco Bagnaia sets the fastest lap ever driven on the Losail circuit. With this, the Italian secured the first pole position of his career.
Behind it lies the Yamaha warehouse: Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales complete the front row. Valentino Rossi will attack from fourth on the grid tomorrow.
Jack Miller qualifies in fifth and Johann Zarco in sixth. Thus, only Ducati and Yamaha riders can be found in the first two rows.
MotoGP Q2: Vinales ousts Rossi
But it’s not over yet, because Maverick Vinales is up again and secures third place. So Rossi falls from the front row again.
MotoGP Q2: Bagnaia pulls Rossi into the front row
Francesco Bagnaia is the first driver to drive 1: 52.772 minutes. In the slipstream of Bagnaia, Rossi can be pulled into third place!
The top 3: Bagnaia, Quartararo and Rossi.
MotoGP Q2: The order
01. Fabio Quartararo
02. Jack Miller
03. Maverick Vinales
04. Francesco Bagnaia
05. Franco Morbidelli
06. Aleix Espargaro
07. Johann Zarco
08. Joan Mir
09. Alex Rins
10. Takaaki Nakagami
11. Valentino Rossi
12. Pol Espargaro
Everyone turns into the pits and gets a fresh rear tire. The exceptions could be Mir and Nakagami, who shot you their powder in Q1.
MotoGP Q2: Quartararo seizes the scepter
First Miller takes the lead, but then the Yamaha duo cross the finish line.
Quartararo takes first place from Miller with 1: 53.038 minutes. Vinales improved to third place. Bagnaia is fourth and Morbidelli is fifth.
MotoGP Q2: Ducati gegen Yamaha
Everyone finishes the first flying lap and Bagnaia takes the lead by a wafer-thin layer ahead of Quartararo and Vinales.
The 1: 53.273 minutes of Bagnaia mean a new lap record!
MotoGP Q2: Who will take the first pole of the year?
12 drivers fight for pole position in the next 15 minutes. It will be an exciting and very close story. We’re glad!
MotoGP Q1: No KTM in the top field
Marquez substitute Stefan Bradl is seventh and will start from 17th place tomorrow. I was four tenths of a second short of fellow brand colleague Nakagami.
The best KTM representative is Miguel Oliveira in fifth, which means starting position 15. Oliveira was around one and a half tenths short of a Q2 place.
MotoGP Q1: Nakagami best time
In his very last lap, Takaaki Nakagami set a new best time of 1: 53.577 minutes. The Honda rider pushed Joan Mir into second place by 0.151 seconds.
With this result, Q1 also comes to an end. Nakagami and Mir are moving into Q2.
The rookies can inspire. Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin take third and fourth place. Bad luck for Martin, because on his last flying lap he follows Nakagami and also has better intermediate times, but then the front wheel slips away at Turn 12 and he goes down.
MotoGP Q1: I’m striking back
On his next lap, Mir is 0.005 seconds faster than Bastianini and takes first place back. But some drivers still have red sector bests …