MotoGP Algarve Qualifying: Francesco Bagnaia takes fifth consecutive pole position
Francesco Bagnaia took his fifth consecutive pole position in MotoGP.
Francesco Bagnaia is truly one to watch heading into the 2022 season, he is consistently proving himself to be a strong threat for the title next year following an incredible second half of the 2021 season becoming the final pin for Fabio Quartararo to topple before he was crowned champion, this is backed up by his incredible pole position record which is currently sat at five consecutive poles, many of them paired up with his teammate Jack Miller in a 1-2 showing including at Algarve today with the Ducati boys topping the timesheets split by only 0.104 seconds with their best times coming at the end of the session.
Joining the duo on the front row is a surprising Joan Mir who takes his first-ever MotoGP front row start, normally known as a Sunday man who cannot qualify to save his life it is a welcome surprise to see him at the top of the timesheets sandwiched between a double Ducati’s on each side with row two-headed by Jorge Martin leading teammate Johann Zarco by 0.002 seconds. No doubt that Portimao has turned itself into a Ducati track with the Bologna Bullets dominating, joining the Pramac Ducati boys on row two is Pol Espargaro, the Honda rider finally gelling with the difficult RC213V.
In a shocking turn of events Fabio Quartararo will start tomorrow’s race from P7 on the grid, maybe he’s still hungover? Regardless of this it is one of his worst qualifying sessions all year 0.406 seconds back from Bagnaia who led with Alex Marquez and teammate Franco Morbidelli joining him on row three ahead of Iker Lecuona who rounded off the top 10.
Further down the order Miguel Oliveira only managed to qualify in P17 leading Maverick Viñales.
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Featured image – Ducati