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Vinales snatches pole from Dovizioso at Misano

Marquez to start 3rd
Saturday, September 9, 2017


Vinales charges to pole
Vinales charges to pole

Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took pole position on his penultimate lap in qualifying for the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, deposing home hero and key Championship rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), who will now start second. Completing the top three is reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who crashed in the session when on his fastest lap – rider ok.

Despite doubts about the weather, Saturday gave the grid good conditions for practice and qualifying at Misano, and pole position came down to a three-way duel. Dovizioso was the man on provisional pole as Vinales and Marquez began their final pushes, with the younger Spaniard going fastest on his penultimate effort and then rolling off after Marquez fell out of contention.

Fourth was a late dash from Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), riding with a finger injury, and the Brit headed five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) by only 0.024 seconds. Joining the experienced duo on Row 2 is rookie Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), who bounced back from a crash on Saturday morning to take a second row start in sixth.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) is seventh – one place higher than his qualifying position last year, when he went on to win – with Friday’s fastest Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) taking eighth. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) moved up slightly on his last lap, and completes the third row in P9.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) is P10 after leading the charge from Q1, with Ducati test rider and wild card Michele Pirro suffering a problem in the session and lining up in eleventh. Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) completed the top twelve.

Andrea Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso
From Q1, P13 is Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) despite a big crash earlier on Saturday, with Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) in fourteenth after having a lap deleted. Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) locked out the fastest fifteen, with Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) also falling foul of track limits and relegated to P16 after marginally heading wide in Q1.

Now it’s race time. Will we see a re-run of 2017 and the number 26 slicing through the field? Can Marquez bounce back, Vinales go one better, Dovizioso make it three in a row? And the big question: will it be rain or shine on Sunday...


125Maverick VINALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1'32.4390.000s0.000s
24Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati Team1'32.6010.1620.162
393Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda Team1'32.6360.1970.035
435Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR Honda1'32.7680.3290.132
599Jorge LORENZOSPADucati Team1'32.7920.3530.024
65Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 31'32.8850.4460.093
726Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda Team1'32.9920.5530.107
89Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac Racing1'32.9970.5580.005
941Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team Gresini1'33.1490.7100.152
1019Alvaro BAUTISTASPAPull&Bear Aspar Team1'33.4170.9780.268
1151Michele PIRROITADucati Team1'33.4911.0520.074
1217Karel ABRAHAMCZEPull&Bear Aspar Team1'34.3741.9350.883
138Hector BARBERASPAReale Avintia Racing1'33.920(*) 0.357 
1443Jack MILLERAUSEG 0,0 Marc VDS1'33.933(*) 0.3700.013
1576Loris BAZFRAReale Avintia Racing1'33.946(*) 0.3830.013
1694Jonas FOLGERGERMonster Yamaha Tech 31'33.987(*) 0.4240.041
1744Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory Racing1'34.080(*) 0.5170.093
1853Tito RABATSPAEG 0,0 Marc VDS1'34.095(*) 0.5320.015
1945Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac Racing1'34.132(*) 0.5690.037
2042Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1'34.138(*) 0.5750.006
2129Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1'34.148(*) 0.5850.010
2238Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1'34.507(*) 0.9440.359
2322Sam LOWESGBRAprilia Racing Team Gresini1'35.659(*) 2.0961.152

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