Vinales wins pole at Valencia
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.
|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|