MotoGP: Bagnaia to start from pole for today’s COTA race

Using the superior power his Ducati bike has, Francesco Bagnaia ended a still recovering Marc Marquez’s run of seven straight poles at the Grand Prix of Americas on Saturday as he topped qualifying and sealed a third consecutive pole this MotoGP season.

Bagnaia’s last lap of two minutes 02.781 seconds was just enough to push six-times world champion Marquez into third, with world championship leader Fabio Quartararo of Yamaha taking second place.

“We worked a lot this week. I really enjoy qualifying… I gave it my all in the second attempt, the last corner was a bit wide, but very happy,” said Bagnaia, who trails Quartararo by 48 points in the race for the championship.

Quartararo said: “We are struggling a little more than usual in qualifying. Pecco (Bagnaia) was really fast but it is always great to start in the first row. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

Fabio Quartararo

Marquez said, “I am really happy with this front row because qualifying has been one of my weak points this season. With the first tire, I felt OK and with the second tire, I found some traffic, and I was on top of the time sheets, so there was not much reason to push a lot. It’s my first front row of the season, which is strange to say, but that’s how it is! With the used tire, I feel better than on the new tire, our race pace is quite good. We will try to make another step in Warm Up and continue this direction.”

Marc Marquez

Qualifying Results

1 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Team (GP21) 2m2.781s
2 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.348s
3 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.428s
4 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP21)* +0.497s
5 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +0.511s
6 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP21) +0.598s
7 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.672s
8 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.747s
9 Luca Marini ITA Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)* +0.765s
10 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Team (GP21) +0.939s
11 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +1.000s
12 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +1.094s
Qualifying 1:
13 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m3.872s
14 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m4.044s
15 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m4.100s
16 Enea Bastianini ITA Avintia Ducati (GP19)* 2m4.118s
17 Iker Lecuona SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16) 2m4.324s
18 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM (RC16) 2m4.392s
19 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m4.419s
20 Valentino Rossi ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m4.699s
21 Danilo Petrucci ITA KTM Tech3 (RC16) 2m4.829s

* Rookie