Francesco Bagnaia surprisingly secured pole position for the Qatar Grand Prix on Saturday. The Italian prevailed on his Ducati ahead of the three Yamaha riders Fabio Quartararo (+0.266), Maverick Vinales (+0.316) and Valentino Rossi (+0.342) and will start from position one for the first time in his career on Sunday (7:00 p.m.) .
The KTM machines missed the second qualifying and thus clearly missed the top positions. The best driver in the first qualifying was Miguel Oliveira in fifth, which is equivalent to 15th on the grid.
Kofler expects “hard fight” in Moto3
In the Moto3 class, Honda rider Darryn Binder from South Africa won ahead of Spaniard Izan Guevara on GasGas (+0.203) and his British brand colleague John McPhee (+0.283). KTM driver Maximilian Kofler set the 16th fastest time (+1.812). “The starting position is good, but it will definitely be a tough fight to keep up with the leading group,” said Kofler.
Pole in the Moto2 class went to Brit Sam Lowes, who was 0.140 seconds faster than Spaniard Raul Fernandez and 0.233 seconds faster than Dutchman Bo Bendsneyder.
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