The times for race day
Tomorrow the time will finally come and after a break of around four months we will experience racing action again! Here in the ticker we will follow the events from the route as usual. ATTENTION: On Sunday night the clock is turned one hour ahead in Central Europe. Until tomorrow!
Schedule for Sunday (in CEST):
2: 10-2: 30 p.m .: Moto2
14: 40-15: 00 clock: MotoGP
4 p.m .: Moto3 (18 laps)
5:20 p.m .: Moto2 (20 laps)
7:00 p.m .: MotoGP (22 laps)
Race stewards update: Joan Mir was fined
Joan Mir broke the rules in qualifying. The Suzuki driver left the pit lane in Q1 when the traffic light was still red. As a consequence, the first lap time is canceled. That has no effect because he set his personal best later. There is also a fine of 1,000 euros.
In Moto2, Jake Dixon is relegated three places on the grid because he behaved irresponsibly. That was the scene in which he slowed down and then returned to the racing line. At that moment his team-mate Xavi Vierge arrived with more speed and drove Dixon to the rear wheel.
In Moto3, Darryn Binder can keep his pole position. There was a contact during an overtaking maneuver against Jaume Masia. The race management did not issue a penalty.
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.”
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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.