Marquez shatters lap record to take Pole at Mugello

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With Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Michele Pirro moving through from Q1 into Q2, an electric MotoGP qualifying session at Mugello soon ensued. 

As the first laps came in, it was dramatic opening encounter between Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who forced his way underneath Dovizioso’s Ducati at Turn 12. However, that drama would soon halt as Fabio Quartararo rocketed to the first ever 1’45s lap, and then backed it up one lap later with an even quicker lap time – with an initial all-time lap record. Maverick Viñales placed second whilst Marquez pushed his way into third.

As the first laps came in, it was dramatic opening encounter between Marc Marquez, who forced his way underneath Dovizioso’s Ducati at Turn 12. However, that drama would soon halt as Fabio Quartararo rocketed to the first ever 1’45s lap, and then backed it up one lap later with an even quicker lap time – with an initial all-time lap record. Maverick Viñales placed second whilst Marquez pushed his way into third.

However, with five minutes to go, it was all change, as more history-making beckoned in the Tuscan hills. Marc Marquez was faced with the prospect of being off of the front row for the first time in 2019.

The reigning Champion and MotoGP Rookie Quartararo went head-to-head in the dying moments of the session, beating each other in every sector, both looking to take pole. In the end, an inadvertent slipstream from Dovizioso dragged Marquez to pole by over two tenths from Fabio Quartararo. Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) placed in third, giving three different nationalities on three different bikes on the front row.

Row two sees Franco Morbidelli with yet another stunning qualifying performance, finishing as second Yamaha on a day where the Independent team outshone the factory outfit. Jack Miller was fifth and less than a tenth and a half from the front row, whilst Britain’s Cal Crutchlow concluded his qualifying session in sixth.

Maverick Viñales took seventh and heads up row three, after a quiet but progressive session, peaking on the front row at one particular moment. Francesco Bagnaia will start from eighth position, having a strong session and thus continuing his strong weekend. One scalp he will be proud of is beating 2017 Italian Grand Prix winner Andrea Dovizioso, who, whilst dragging Marquez to pole with a slipstream, set a personal best time that was only good enough for ninth.

Japanese star Takaaki Nakagami took tenth position, as his prowess at Mugello this weekend turned fortuitous and continued his strong start to 2019. Pol Espargaro put the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing RC16 in eleventh, whilst wildcard Michele Pirro completed the Q2 order and will start from 12th, 1.119s from pole position – in what was an extremely close qualifying session.

With his pole position, Marquez surpasses Valentino Rossi in the pole position standings for the premier class and is now just two behind five-time World Champion Mick Doohan, who sits on 58. It is also the first pole at Mugello for Marquez since 2014, a year in which he went on to win the Italian Grand Prix. 

Full Qualifying Result:

Pos. Rider Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc Repsol Honda Team 1'45.519
2 QUARTARARO Fabio Petronas Yamaha SRT 0.214
3 PETRUCCI Danilo Mission Winnow Ducati 0.362
4 MORBIDELLI Franco Petronas Yamaha SRT 0.44
5 MILLER Jack Pramac Racing 0.51
6 CRUTCHLOW Cal LCR Honda 0.56
7 VINALES Maverick Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 0.662
8 BAGNAIA Francesco Pramac Racing 0.741
9 DOVIZIOSO Andrea Mission Winnow Ducati 0.774
10 NAKAGAMI Takaaki LCR Honda 0.868
11 ESPARGARO Pol Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 0.914
12 PIRRO Michele Mission Winnow Ducati 1.119
13 RINS Alex Team Suzuki Ecstar 1'46.539 Q1
14 RABAT Tito Reale Avintia Racing 0.139
15 ESPARGARO Aleix Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 0.36
16 ABRAHAM Karel Reale Avintia Racing 0.489
17 LORENZO Jorge Repsol Honda Team 0.596
18 ROSSI Valentino Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 0.645
19 ZARCO Johann Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 0.855
20 MIR Joan    

 

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