The Monster Energy British Grand Prix MotoGP qualifying sessions had the fans on the edge of their seats today. With an almost level playing field, the results were anybody‘s guess. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli were both in the mix in their respective qualifying sessions but weren‘t quite able to obtain their objectives. The Frenchman will start from P4 while the Italian will commence from P20.
Quartararo made his intentions clear from the get-go in Q2. He wanted a front-row starting position and clocked a 1‘58.259s opening lap to take over the top spot. Unable to improve on his next try, he returned to the box for fresh soft tyres.
When the number-20 rider resumed his mission with four and a half minutes still on the clock, he was still leading the session, be it only by 0.001s. A heated battle commenced with multiple riders setting red sectors. El Diablo posted a 1‘57.938s on lap 6/7 that saw him in third place, only to be pushed back a position after the chequered flag had come out. He ended up fourth in the results, 0.171s from first and so will start from the second row of the grid.
Morbidelli showed he meant business in Q1 by heading out and setting some hot laps. His 1‘59.390s on lap three had him lead the session briefly. He entered pit lane with just over six and a half minutes of the session remaining, holding provisional third place.
The Yamaha man didn‘t waste any time and soon resumed his hunt for a top-2 result. The gap to second was 0.229s at that moment. Morbido was pushing hard but didn‘t find a time improvement. He ended the session in tenth place, 0.781s from first, and will start tomorrow‘s race from P20.