Vinales wins pole at Valencia

Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales

After a crash at turn 4 interrupted his first qualifying attempt Marc Marquez suffered suffered a dislocated shoulder but was able to quickly recover and mount his second bike but it was not good enough to take pole on this day.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Vinales wrote qualifying history today at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo, becoming only the second rider ever to secure pole position after first taking part in the Q1 session.

In Q1 Vinales had a strong first hot lap that saw him put his YZR-M1 in second place, but he was pushed back to third when the pace picked up. The Spaniard wasn't shy to respond with a 1'32.418s lap, putting him at the top of the provisional rankings and giving him a 0.593s advantage to his closest rival at the time.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]He re-entered the track after a pit stop of just over a minute. When three and a half minutes remained, the fight for a place in the top-2 heated up, but the Yamaha rider was ready to push. He was one of the first riders to drop under the 1'32s mark today and secured second place with a 1'31.858s lap.

The local hero exited pit lane late at the start of the Q2 session, as he needed a bit of time to make some changes to the bike after the previous session had come to a close only ten minutes earlier. His first lap briefly put him in fourth place, but he soon found himself in tenth. Vinales improved his best lap of Q1 thus far, but still entered pit lane holding eighth position. However, he was just getting warmed up.

After a quick look at the provisional times, he entered the track meaning business. He clocked a provisional pole and, to keep the first place in his grasp, posted a 1'31.312s immediately after. As the checkered flag went out, nobody was able to challenge him. He ended the session with a 0.068s lead, thus securing his first pole position since the 2017 Grand Prix of Aragon.

Lineup

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Make
Time/Gap
1 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.312 / 0.000
2 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'31.380 / 0.068
3 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.392 / 0.080
4 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'31.414 / 0.102
5 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'31.442 / 0.130
6 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'31.577 / 0.265
7 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'31.629 / 0.317
8 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'31.630 / 0.318
9 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'32.140 / 0.828
10 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'32.145 / 0.833
11 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'32.179 / 0.867
12 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'32.310 / 0.998
13 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.900 Q1
14 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'31.928 / 0.546
15 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'32.385 / 1.003
16 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'32.452 / 1.070
17 LUTHI Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'32.545 / 1.163
18 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'32.547 / 1.165
19 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'32.568 / 1.186
20 BRADL Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda Honda 1'32.708 / 1.326
21 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'32.749 / 1.367
22 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'33.011 / 1.629
23 TORRES Jordi 81 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'34.427 / 3.045
24 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'35.171 / 3.789

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