Francesco Bagnaia has destroyed the lap record to take pole position.
Francesco Bagnaia has come out of the woodwork to blast his way to P1 beating Marc Marquez’s 6 year long standing lap record by 0.313 seconds, originally the P1 position was held by this years pole hound Fabio Quartararo however Bagnaia had other ideas putting in an inch-perfect lap, his Ducati was working tremendously well underneath him cornering to perfection and allowing him to make up an obscene three-tenths of a second on the straight, building on his 0.087 second lead from the first half of the lap to come home in pole position a full 0.405 seconds faster than the previous pole lap of Fabio Quartararo.
Joining Bagnaia on the front row in second place is his teammate Jack Miller who put in a time worthy of P2 in his last lap of the session to demote Marc Marquez off the front row down to P4, a shame for the Spaniard but a brilliant result for Miller and Ducati who really expected to struggle this weekend despite the long straight in the circuit playing to the advantage of the Ducati, the Ducati 1-2 bodes well for the Bologna bullets tomorrow with Bagnaia desperate to take his first victory in MotoGP, joining them in third is Fabio Quartararo who is expected to fight for victory tomorrow.
As previously mentioned Marc Marquez heads up the second row of the grid, a solid lap time by the Spanish rider meant he missed the front row by 0.017 seconds behind Fabio Quartararo after being demoted by Jack Miller, he starts tomorrows race sat directly behind Pecco Bagnaia with the goal of continuing his winning record at the circuit tomorrow, joining Marquez on row two was Jorge Martin who led the session early on before being pushed down to fifth ahead of Aleix Espargaro.
Joan Mir was able to qualify in seventh place, he took two podiums here last year and will be expecting another podium finish in tomorrows race, he is joined by Pol Espargaro and Enea Bastianini who took his career best qualifying in P9 on a GP19.
Further down the order we saw Iker Lecuona qualify in P13 and Alex Rins way back in P20!
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