Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo always enjoys qualifying and had even more fun securing his fifth pole position on the trot in front of the cheering spectators at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Maverick Viñales was on route to secure a position on the front row, but ultimately came 0.108s short. He will start tomorrow‘s race from sixth on the grid.
Quartararo let the rest of the Q2 rider field head out on track before him, keen to find some clear track space. He set a first flying lap that was already fast enough for provisional pole and went on to improve it to a 1‘38.853s to keep hold of the number 1 spot as he returned to the box.
With four minutes still on the clock, El Diablo resumed his qualifying mission. He was pushing as much as he could, but with multiple crashes from other riders causing yellow flag situations, he was unable to put in a completely clean lap. Still his best time, set on lap 3/7, kept him in first place with a 0.037s advantage.
Viñales was the first rider to storm out of pit lane at the start of the Q2 shoot-out. His first lap put him in eighth place after all the benchmark laps were in. On his next attempt he moved up to third, before heading back into the pits with just under eight minutes remaining.
Less than three minutes later, the Spaniard started his second run. However, being followed by other riders, he opted to roll out of his next lap. He then had to push, though, and improved his time but not his position. The number-12 rider was lying in tenth as he started his final try. His 1‘39.157s last lap briefly put him on the front row, but he ultimately finished the session in sixth place, 0.304s from first.