Viñales snatches pole position from Espargaro for San Marino MotoGP
Spanish MotoGP rider, number 12, Maverick Vinales (C) of the Yamaha Factory Racing reacts after the qualifying session of the 2019 Motorcycling Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini at Misano Circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy, 14 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ALESSIO MARINI
Spanish MotoGP rider, number 44, Pol Espargaro (L), of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Spanish MotoGP rider, number 12, Maverick Vinales, of the Yamaha Factory Racing react after the qualifying session of the 2019 Motorcycling Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini at Misano Circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy, 14 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ALESSIO MARINI
(L-R) Spanish MotoGP rider, number 44, Pol Espargaro, of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Spanish MotoGP rider, number 12, Maverick Vinales, of the Yamaha Factory Racing and French MotoGP rider, number 20, Fabio Quartararo, of the Yamaha SRT react after the qualifying session of the 2019 Motorcycling Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini at Misano Circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy, 14 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ALESSIO MARINI
Misano Adriatico, Sep 14 (efe-epa).- Spanish rider Maverick Viñales of Yamaha snatched pole position from his compatriot Pol Espargaro of KTM ahead of the San Marino MotoGP.
Espargaro finished the second qualifying round in the second spot ahead of one of the race favorites, Viñales’ teammate Fabio Quartararo of France.
“KTM and Pol Espargaro are denied a historic maiden pole as Vinales takes his first pole since Qatar!” MotoGP posted to Twitter.
“I feel really good… I feel good on the bike, I am riding, I am trying to make my best,” Viñales said.
“When you have a good feeling with that bike you can do really good lap times.”
Meanwhile, Espargaro was thrilled and excited for having reached this far.
“I don’t know how we made it,” Espargaro commented.
“I still cannot believe to see our baby here in the middle of two best, that’s incredible!”
Quartararo was optimistic, saying: “anyway the goal was to be in the front raw and we are there.”
The fierce competition between Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi of Italy in the last Q2 flying lap did not end in favor of either of them.
Marquez finished in the fifth spot following Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli of Italy, while Rossi was placed seventh.
The battle in Q2 focused on the performance of all of Yamaha against Marc Marquez's Repsol Honda.
Marquez made a mistake by going off track as soon as the session started, while Quartararo clocked the best time with 1:32.686, ahead of Marquez, Morbidelli and Viñales.
Marquez entered his garage a second time as he was not convinced by his bike’s performance and changed it again.
Meanwhile Quartararo pushed hard to try to improve his time.
At the same time Viñales shrank his time to seize Repsol Honda's third place.
Quartararo could not reduce his time on the third lap leading to the classification’s surprise; Espargaro placed his KTM in the first position with a time of 1:32.560, which was beaten by Viñales in the last lap, posting a record of 1:32.265.
The race will take place on Sunday. EFE
Quartararo sets the pace in 3rd practice session ahead of San Marino MotoGP
Misano Adriatico, Italy, Sep 14 (efe-epa).- France's Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) on Saturday topped his Spanish teammate Maverick Viñales in the third and final free practice session ahead of the San Marino MotoGP.
Quartararo posted a time of one minute and 32.081 seconds, just 0.356s ahead of Viñales, who had set the pace in the first day of free practice.
During Saturday’s session all the official riders except for Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro of Spain and Andrea Iannone of Italy got to improve their times.
Iannone struggled with technical issues after hitting the ground with his bike breaking down in the final stretch, forcing him to drag it off to the garage.
He was not the only rider to suffer a technical problem as Jorge Lorenzo ended up hitting to garage too.
But he managed to complete the session with another one while the Repsol Honda engineers worked on the broken one, apparently to no avail.
The Spaniard came 19th.
The session kicked off with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) setting the pace, followed by Pol Espargaro (KTM RC 16).
Yamaha riders Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo, Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi nipped at their heels.
It did not take Viñales too long to take the lead with a time of one minute, 32.427second, only for Quartararo to hit back.
The Frenchman first posted a time of one minute and 32.346 seconds, and shortly after shrank his best lap time to 1:32.081, consolidating his position atop the time sheet ahead of Viñales, Espargaro and Marquez.
The qualifying session is scheduled to take place at Misano’s World Circuit Marco Simoncelli later in the day.
The race will take place on Sunday. EFE