MONTMELÒ – He was the favorite and he made no mistake: for Fabio Quartararo he is there fifth consecutive pole.
The last time a pilot Yamaha he had managed to start in front of everyone for five consecutive GPs Jorge Lorenzo in 2010: a statistic to confirm it state of grace di Quartararo, who in FP4 rode with an impressive step, at least 3-4 tenths faster than all the others.
In other words: the Yamaha rider seems destined to dominate the race too, after taking pole for just 0 ”037 su Miller.
The only unknown for Fabio could be there departure: there is a long way to get to the first corner, it is easy to think that there will be Ducati in front of the end of the initial round.
But this Quartararo has the possibility to reassemble, go in front and to run away in any case.
Two ducats in the front row
The positive surprise of the day is Ducati, which puts on two bikes in the front row, with Jack Miller second and passed from Q1, where it was targeted by Marc Marquez.
“It was an exciting Q1, I have done Honda a good service“Jokes the Australian, good at not being annoyed by Marquez, as had happened last week in Vinales.
“Will you pay me?”He clearly fingered Miller at Marquez as the two came out side by side in the pit lane with the first soft tire in Q1. With this gesture, Jack was very good at playing down, showing great strength of character.
Just as he did with the second tire, always in Q1, when it was again man-marked by Marquez: Miller could only shoot, winning the first half, with Marquez second behind him, but then beaten by his teammate Pol Espargaro, who used the same tactics as Marquez, taking his teammate as a reference.
Then, returning to the pits, Marquez thanked Miller: a nice gesture. In Q2, Miller won the second half, then falling in the final when he had two red helmets: a really big change in performance compared to the FP3s.
Miller’s pace is nothing special, but starting from the front, everything can change. At his side he will have Johann Zarco, also fast thanks to a reference in front.
“I managed to do some good sectors thanks to Binder’s reference, I struggle with gas alone, but if I have one in front I can compensateAdmitted the Frenchman. On the pace and the race, the speech made for Miller is valid.
Second row for Morbidelli
A little more was expected from Franco Morbidelli, which must be satisfied with the fifth time, behind Miguel Oliveira (another that could make a difference at the start) ea Maverick Vinales.
It seemed that Morbidelli could conquer the front row, but Franco still has a step to fight for the podium: departure probably becomes fundamental “.
Rossi in the wake of Bagnaia
In the third row Aleix Espargaro With the’Aprilia, who in the final lap attacked Vinales, with his brother Pol in his wake, but the latter ended up on the ground in the drawn lap.
In no place Pecco Bagnaia, which is not too good: the comeback is possible, but complicated. Eleventh Valentino Rossi, who in the first attempt followed Morbidelli, but fell at T2, then he left again with the second bike, taking Bagnaia as a reference. The improvement compared to Mugello is evident: with a good start, could have a more than dignified race.
Tenth Joan Mir with the only one Suzuki on the track; for him you can write what has already been said in the previous GPs: he has the pace to have a good race, but he must be quick in the first few laps.
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Catalunya GP 2021 – The qualifying standings
|Pos.||On one.||The ball||Nation||Team||Motorcycle||Km/h||Date and time||Distance 1st / Prev.|
|1||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||FROM||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||345.0||1’38.853|
|2||43||Jack MILLER||OUT||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||352.9||1’38.890||0.037 / 0.037|
|3||5||Johann ZARCO||FROM||Pramac Racing||Ducati||350.6||1’39.049||0.196 / 0.159|
|4||88||Miguel OLIVEIRA||FOR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||347.2||1’39.099||0.246 / 0.050|
|5||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||337.5||1’39.109||0.256 / 0.010|
|6||12||Maverick VIÑALES||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||343.9||1’39.157||0.304 / 0.048|
|7||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||347.2||1’39.218||0.365 / 0.061|
|8||33||Brad BINDER||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||347.2||1’39.343||0.490 / 0.125|
|9||63||Francesco BAGNAIA||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||348.3||1’39.359||0.506 / 0.016|
|10||36||Joan MIR||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||343.9||1’39.431||0.578 / 0.072|
|11||46||Valentino Rossi||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||343.9||1’39.605||0.752 / 0.174|
|12||44||In ESPARGARO||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||348.3||1’41.791||2.938 / 2.186|
|13||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||350.6||1’39.181||0.028 / 0.011|
|14||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||345.0||1’39.347||0.194 / 0.166|
|15||89||Jorge MARTIN||SPA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||351.7||1’39.532||0.379 / 0.185|
|16||27||Iker LECUONA||SPA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||342.8||1’39.567||0.414 / 0.035|
|17||23||Enea BASTIANINI||ITA||Avintia Esponsorama||Ducati||349.5||1’39.590||0.437 / 0.023|
|18||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||339.6||1’39.744||0.591 / 0.154|
|19||10||Luca MARINI||ITA||SKY VR46 Avintia||Ducati||345.0||1’39.942||0.789 / 0.198|
|20||73||Alex MARQUEZ||SPA||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda||347.2||1’40.009||0.856 / 0.067|
|21||32||Lorenzo SAVADORI||ITA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||338.5||1’40.158||1.005 / 0.149|