Viñales grabs pole position in Mugello

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Yamaha rider Maverick Viñales has taken pole position for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

The Spaniard finished ahead of team-mate and local favourite Valentino Rossi with Andrea Dovizioso completing the front row in third position on the Ducati.

Viñales, who is the current championship leader, managed to recover from a crash yesterday in practice to take his third pole position this season with a time of 1m46.575s, just 0.239s in front of Rossi.

That was still impressive by the nine-time champion who came to Mugello not fully recovered from a motocross accident he had last week, yet showed that he can fight for the victory at his home Grand Prix.

Dovizioso took advantage of Danilo Petrucci´s fastest lap being cancelled, after he exceeded track limits in Turn 5, to claim the final place on the front row with a time of 1m46.835s. 

On the second row Michelle Pirro made it three Italians in the top four on his Ducati, in front of the Repsol Honda duo with Dani Pedrosa in 5th and Marc Marquez in 6th position in a disappointing session for the Spaniards.

Five-time Mugello winner Jorge Lorenzo on the second factory Ducati led Alvaro Bautista and Danilo Petrucci, both on customer bikes of the Italian manufacturer, completed the third row.

Tito Rabat, Johan Zarco, who was the fastest during the Q1 session, and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) complete the Q2 competitors.

A surprise name not to feature was Briton Cal Crutchlow, who was fastest from the practice on Friday but did not manage to qualify for Q2, after he was third in Q1 with a time of 1m47.220s.

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