Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo went all in during today‘s Q2 at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto. He was dead set on claiming his second-in-a-row pole position and did so in superb style, with both his first and last hot lap being faster than any other rider's best effort. Maverick Viñales proved to have strong race pace at the Andalusian track in today‘s FP4, taking second place. However, he didn‘t have the feeling he was looking for in the Q2 session. He will start the Gran Premio de España from seventh position on the grid.
Quartararo and Viñales both waited for a while after the lights at the end of pit lane turned green for the start of the 15-minute Q2 shoot-out to avoid any other rider trying to trail them.
When Quartararo hit the track his game face was on. His 1‘36.807s benchmark lap immediately put him in provisional pole position. He pushed hard on his next try but wasn‘t able to better his time. Nevertheless, he remained in the lead by 0.005s as he returned to the garage for a fresh set of tyres.
With five and a half minutes left on the clock, the Frenchman started his second run, keen to dig even deeper. He set two red sectors but made a small mistake in sector 3, forcing him to abort the lap. It didn‘t slow him down, though. His first lap would also have kept him in pole, but El Diablo still put his head down again to replicate his effort. He ended the session with a 1‘36.755s to secure the first spot on the front row with a 0.057s advantage over his closest rival.
Viñales had high hopes for qualifying after a very positive FP4 session, but the feeling wasn‘t quite there. His first attempt put him in ninth place. As the times improved, he dropped to eleventh, but with his next flyer he moved up to fifth position, before heading back into the pits with seven and a half minutes remaining.
He set out on his fresh tyres after a quick stop fully intending on closing the 0.263s gap to pole at the time. However, he wasn‘t able to make any further progress. His 1‘37.070s best lap was 0.315s off today‘s pole and enough to put him in seventh place, on the third row of the grid for tomorrow‘s race.