MotoGP: Bezzecchi snatches first pole for Valentino Rossi’s team

Rookie Marco Bezzecchi, one of Valentino Rossi’s proteges, has broken the All-Time Lap Record around the Chang International Circuit to grab pole position for the OR Thailand Grand Prix.

The Mooney VR46 Racing Team rider set a 1:29.671 with the checkered flag out to edge Prima Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin by just 0.021 seconds in Q2, while Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) gave his title hopes a boost by also getting himself onto the front row.

World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) qualified fourth, but fellow title contender Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) could not escape Q1.

Marco Bezzecchi

Qualifying Results

1 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)* 1’29.671s
2 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP22) +0.021s
3 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22) +0.104s
4 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.238s
5 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP22) +0.292s
6 Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21) +0.317s
7 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Lenovo (GP22) +0.435s
8 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.462s
9 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +0.543s
10 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.666s
11 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM (RC16) +0.814s
12 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +0.871s
Qualifying 1 Cutoff
13 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) 1’30.202s
14 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1’30.528s
15 Cal Crutchlow GBR WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1) 1’30.542s
16 Raul Fernandez SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 1’30.566s
17 Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) 1’30.578s
18 Remy Gardner AUS KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 1’30.602s
19 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1’30.641s
20 Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) 1’30.692s
21 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)* 1’30.794s
22 Tetsuta Nagashima JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 1’31.331s
23 Darryn Binder RSA WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)* 1’31.356s
24 Danilo Petrucci ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1’31.604s

* Rookie

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