Maverick Vinales has addition aureate befalling to put himself durably in the MotoGP appellation account aback he starts on pole at Misano on Sunday.
Vinales was on pole for the San Marino Grand Prix aftermost time out but was clumsy to catechumen that position into a victory, finishing bottomward in sixth.
The Spaniard is 18 credibility afloat of Andrea Dovizioso in a wide-open action to alter the afflicted Marc Marquez as apple champion.
However, he is in the prime atom to basement up the standings afterwards an absurdity by Francesco Bagnaia gave him pole for the Emilia Romagna and Rimini’s Coast Grand Prix.
Yet the buyer of the lap almanac at Misano cannot allow to booty annihilation for accepted advanced of what looks set to be a alluring action for the chequered flag.
WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING
Bagnaia should accept been adulatory a beginning MotoGP pole – and another Misano lap almanac – accepting burst the antecedent mark in FP3.
He beyond the band on his final aerial lap in one minute and 30.973 seconds, a time that would accept seen him top the timesheets.
However, he crucially exceeded the clue banned on the final turn, an breach that saw his lap addled off and both pole position and the almanac handed to Vinales.
Vinales will accept Jack Miller and Fabio Quartararo for aggregation on the advanced row, with Bagnaia bottomward to fifth as a aftereffect of his error.
Championship baton Dovizioso active the fourth row, with Franco Morbidelli – champ of the San Marino Grand Prix – sandwiched amid Valentino Rossi and Danilo Petrucci on the third row.
THE STARTING GRID
1. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha), 2. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing), 3. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha)4. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), 5. Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing), 6. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)7. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha), 8. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha), 9. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)10. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), 11. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar), 12. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda)13. Iker Lecuona (Red Bull KTM Tech 3), 14. Johann Zarco (Avintia), 15. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)16. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), 17. Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda), 18. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar)19. Bradley Smith (Aprilia), 20. Tito Rabat (Avintia)
EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX TALKING POINTS
The afire clip displayed by Bagnaia will be a affair of altercation admitting his astounding aftermost aerial lap counting for nothing.
He and team-mate Miller will absolutely affectation a cogent blackmail to Vinales, admitting Quartararo is anxious about some of his title rivals positioned added aback on the starting grid.
Joan Mir of Suzuki trails Dovizioso by 16 points, but he produced a black affectation in Q2 and starts 11th. However, with Quartararo branding the Suzuki “a absolute bike”, a allegation through the acreage from Mir is not out of the question.
“Yes, I’m afraid because they are fast in the straight, they are fast in dispatch to beat people, they are so fast,” Quartararo said on Thursday.
WHAT THE RIDERS SAID
Maverick Vinales (pole): “This weekend I approved to assignment consistently with a chase setting. We accomplish an improvement. Aftermost weekend the bike consistently feels acceptable after ammunition but with ammunition on the chase I attempt a lot. This weekend we assignment a lot and it seems that we accomplish an improvement. We ambition it will assignment for the race.”
Jack Miller (2nd): “When we got to Q2 I alone had one tyre, so it was affectionate of a one-shot wonder. Anyway, we fabricated it, not a bad qualifying, I was advantageous to get the two off Pecco [Bagnaia].”
Fabio Quartararo (3rd): “Feeling abundant to be on the advanced row, that is absolutely important. Our chase clip is attractive good. I’m blessed because we accept a acceptable abject for tomorrow.”
1. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 762. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) 703. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) 644. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) 605. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) 58
1. Petronas Yamaha 1272. Monster Energy Yamaha 1163. Ducati 1014. Suzuki Ecstar 1005. Pramac Racing 97