A sensational performance from Franco Morbidelli saw him take his first-ever MotoGP pole position at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today. Team-mate Fabio Quartararo will join him on the front row, making it a PETRONAS Yamaha SRT qualifying 1-2 at the Catalan GP.
Morbidelli was unable to improve on his Friday time, until the very end of the FP3 session. After one lap was disallowed for exceeding track limits, Franco ended the session seventh with a best time of 1min 39.774secs. The Italian had no such struggles in qualifying, after setting a blisteringly quick time in the closing minutes – 1min 38.798secs – and securing his maiden MotoGP pole position.
Team-mate Quartararo was at the sharp end for the majority of FP3, before the time attacks began. The Frenchman showed his strength around the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit by setting the fastest lap, 1min 39.418secs, and going directly to Q2. Yellow flags hampered the start of his qualifying session, but Fabio soon recovered. His best time of 1min 39.008secs was just 0.210secs shy of his team-mate, and will see him start from second on the grid – his 20th MotoGP front row start.
The MotoGP pair will be back on track tomorrow morning for Warm Up at 10.40am local time (4.40pm MYT), with the 24-lap race due to get underway at 3pm local time (9pm MYT) – one hour later than usual.