Fabio Quartararo did the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP and Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya proud. He gave 100% in today‘s boiling hot Q2 session to secure 3rd place on the front row of the grid. Franco Morbidelli wasn‘t able to push like he wanted to and will be starting tomorrow‘s race from 18th place.
Quartararo showed his intentions right from the start of Q2. He clocked a 1‘39.055s opening lap that put him in provisional first position. But with 0.087s between him and second place, he knew he had to keep pushing. Unable to improve on his next try, the competition was getting closer. El Diablo was holding on to provisional pole by 0.010s as he entered pit lane.
After having had a set of fresh tyres fitted, the Frenchman returned to the track with four and a half minutes of the shoot-out remaining. By the time he was in the third sector of his next hot lap, he was in third place, 0.313s from pole. He narrowed the gap to 0.217s with a 1‘38.959s and kept pushing on his final try, but he ultimately had to settle for third.
Though he made a step in FP3 in the morning, Morbidelli still found himself outside the top 10. But after a positive FP4 session, he was raring to go for Q1. His 1‘43.400s benchmark time put him in fifth position. His second hot lap, a 1‘39.884s, moved him briefly up to second place, but it wasn‘t to last, so he quickly headed back to the box after his next try.
With just over six minutes remaining, the Italian was the first rider to start his second run. He was looking to bridge the 0.275s gap to second place at the time. His first lap on the new tyres looked promising, with two personal best sectors, but he ultimately didn‘t better himself. The Italian regrouped on the next lap and tried to push on his final attempt but was unable to improve. He ended the session in 8th place, 0.668s from first and will start the race from P18.