Fabio Quartararo takes pole position at Jerez after winning here last year twice.
Fabio Quartararo adds another pole position watch to his collection with a pole position in Jerez, he has been incredibly consistent and strong this weekend at Jerez so it was hardly a surprise to see him smack down a lap time and take pole position. It wasn’t easy though with many riders being pipped to start from the front of the grid including Franco Morbidelli who was able to make his way through from Q1 with a lap time 0.434 seconds faster than Brad Binder.
Speaking of Franco Morbidelli, take a guess who qualified second? Morbidelli? Correct. The Italian once again was as cool as you like taking second place only 0.057 seconds from his ex-teammate Quartararo after very nearly crashing at the last corner saving an almost certain low side, he has been very angry at Yamaha recently and is clearly channelling this energy into putting in work on the race track.
The factory Ducati boys of Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia occupied the P3 and P4 spots with Miller on the front row, the Aussie rider majorly struggling with his start to the season but is feeling happy and confident that he can now make a comeback and fight for the win tomorrow, he’s going to have a battle against his teammate to take the top Ducati spot though with Bagnaia in the form of his life, Ducati will be jumping for joy at the possibility of both their riders on the podium tomorrow.
Takaaki Nakagami has returned to form in P5, he took his best result of P4 here last year and is looking very strong leading the FP3 session, we did not see or hear much from him in qualifying but he was chipping away at his lap time before qualifying in fifth ahead of Johann Zarco.
Maverick Vinales lines up at the head of row three joined by Aleix Espargaro who is another rider looking very strong in Spain, is a podium possible for the Aprilia man?
Repsol Honda didn’t finish qualifying as they expected with Marc Marquez still looking injured and sore which wasn’t helped by his monster crash at T7 which was replicated by Pol Espargaro today, there’s much work to be done for the Honda team.
Featured image – Yamaha MotoGP