Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Fabio Quartararo will be starting tomorrow‘s Gran Premio d‘Italia Oakley from pole position. Maverick Viñales aimed to battle his way through Q1, but trying to shake off trailing riders cost him a lot of time. He gave it his all on his final two laps but came just 0.021s short of a spot in Q1. He will be starting the race from 13th position.
Quartararo let the majority of the riders go out ahead of him for his first flyer, so he had plenty of clear space on track. He slotted into fourth place on his first try. He put in a hot lap on his second attempt, a 1‘45.481s without any help of slipstream, to take over the top spot and then quickly headed back into pit lane.
With five minutes on the clock, he was back on track, again all by himself. He was keen on extending his 0.170s lead over his fastest rival and did just that. He set a new All Time Lap record of 1‘45.187s, that afforded him a comfortable 0.464s margin. He had time to put in one more lap but didn‘t improve. Still, he held on to the number one spot and earned his fourth-consecutive pole position with a 0.230s advantage over second place.
Viñales had a late crash in FP3 this morning, ending his session short. Though he was unhurt, it meant he did have to take part in Q1. The number-12 rider started his shoot-out setting the fifth fastest time. A cruising rider disrupted his second attempt, leaving the Yamaha man in seventh place as he returned back to the pits.
With five minutes remaining, he was back on track but aborted his second run and went through pit lane once more to discourage some trailing riders. This change in plans made him lose valuable time as well as heat in the tyres. Though Marc Marquez remained behind him, Top Gun had no choice but to push on his final two laps. He set a 1‘46.045s for second place and had time for one final go. He was on a hot lap, flashing three red sectors, but ultimately went wide in the final corner. He ended the session in third place, 0.121s from first. He will start tomorrow‘s race from 13th place.