After a dramatic FP3 crash, PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Fabio Quartararo put in an heroic performance at MotorLand Aragón, to take his tenth MotoGP pole position. Team-mate Franco Morbidelli will be starting the Aragon GP from the second row, after qualifying fourth.
Quartararo started the MotoGP FP3 session strongly, placing his Yamaha YZR-M1 at the sharp end. However, a Turn 14 crash in the final ten minutes prevented him from ending the session, as he visited the medical centre to confirm that nothing was broken. His time from yesterday was still good enough to secure a Q2 place. Despite experiencing hip pain, the Frenchman put in a brave and impressive ride in qualifying to take his tenth MotoGP pole position, with a 1min 47.076secs lap.
Morbidelli proved to be the man to beat in FP3, after setting an impressive 1min 47.859secs lap in the closing minutes of the cold session. This placed him top in FP3, second overall and secured a Q2 spot. The Italian continued his good form in qualifying and looked set to join his team-mate on the front row of the grid, unfortunately a small mistake in his final flying lap meant that his 1min 47.317secs lap placed him fourth.
Fabio and Franco’s Warm Up session tomorrow will now take place one hour later, at 11am local time (5pm MYT), with the 23-lap MotoGP race due to get underway at 3pm local time (9pm MYT).