Lhe new Italian bet by Ducati Pecco Bagnaia has broken Yamaha’s pole streak at the Losail circuit and has added his first ever in MotoGP after signing a stratospheric 1’52 ”772, destroying by 6 tenths the previous record for the best lap at Losail held by the absent Marc Márquez. The Italian will share the front row with the two Yamaha of the official team, Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales.
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Franco Morbidelli and Pol Espargaró have been the first to jump onto the track and the two men with the most options to score the first pole of the year have taken it very calmly Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales who came in FP4 from doing a rhythm exhibition and to sign up for the batch. But with so many turns given to Losail in the last two weeks it would be necessary to risk to take this initial pole of the year, it was not worth leaving anything in your pocket.
After the first lap launched, it was already clear that it was going to be like that and Pecco Bagnaia broke the record for the return to Losail with 1’53 ”273 ahead of Quartararo by 65 thousandths and Viñales by 96. Miller’s response on the second turn launched was overwhelming 1’53 ”215 that Quartararo left 1’53” 038 to nothing, on the verge of dropping to 1’52 ”when everyone returned to the pitlane to put a second tire new and thinking of reserving a squishy for the race.
Provisionally, Quartararo, Miller, Viñales in the front row and Bagnaia, Morbidelli and Aleix Espargaró in the second row separated by 0 ”397 and ten drivers in less than 1”. Ducati, Yamaha and Aprilia taking the first two places on the grid at the moment, the script planned since the pre-season test.
The second ‘run’ Bagnaia has already placed that stratospheric 1’52 ”772 at the top of the time tower looking for his first ever pole in motogp and carrying the head of the VR Academy in the air. Valentino Rossi who has gone from 11th to 3rd in his slipstream. In extremis Viñales has thrown Valentino off the front row, placing third at 0 ”316 behind Bagnaia and next to his teammate Quartararo.
The first seven places on the grid for Ducati and Yamaha in what has been the preview of the more than probable duel for the victory. The last two years Andrea Dovizioso was the winner. The only option for Yamaha is a good start and contain the Ducati if they can.
Rossi will start in the second row with Miller and Zarco, Morbidelli, Aleix Espargaró and Rins third and Mir, Nakagami and Pol Espagaró fourth. The first 11 in less than 1 “and the first eight in 0” 543 and rolling below the previous record of Marc Márquez (1’53 “380) which attests that nothing has been left in the pipeline
After all the Ducati and Yamaha, the rest have remained, the Aprilia by Aleix, the Suzuki by Rins and Mir and the Honda by Nakagami and Pol Espargaró, who had nothing to do.
Mir spends his third Q1 of all time
In his 31 previous MotoGP GGPPs, Joan Mir had fallen into ‘purgatory’ in Q1 11 times and only two had progressed to Q2, in Catalunya and Misano in his rookie year. He hadn’t been able to get directly into Q2 in FP2 by 13 thousandths, training at the same time as qualifying and racing, and it was up to the world champion to put in the extra 15 minutes in Q1 where the rookie Bastianini with the GP20 and Jorge Martín with the fourth Ducati GP21 have been the ones who have posed the most problems and also harassed by the LCR Honda Nakagami and Alex Márquez.
Finally, the two places have been for the Honda Nakagami and the Suzuki Mir after Martín, coming on pole, has fallen and will start 14th with Àlex Márquez 16th and Iker Lecuona, with a painful problem of compartment syndrome in his arm despite having undergone surgery. 21º.