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Vinales takes pole at Aragon

Because Marquez crashed
Saturday, September 23, 2017


Maverick Vinales happy to be on pole
Maverick Vinales happy to be on pole

Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales took pole position for the Aragon Grand Prix MotoGP race after Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez crashed.

But the real surprise was Valentino Rossi who will start third after breaking his leg in two places recently in a motocross accident.

Jorge Lorenzo will start second for Ducati

Marquez, who has been on pole at Aragon every year, was all set for a fifth consecutive pole at the halfway stage of Q2, after he put up a benchmark of 1m47.963s that put him three tenths up on the pack.

Rossi happy to start third given recent injuries
Rossi happy to start third given recent injuries

But at the start of the final runs, Marquez lost control of his Honda at Turn 12 with two minutes left on the clock and went sliding into the pea gravel in front of his Spanish fans.

Moments later, Yamaha's Rossi - just 23 days on from breaking his right leg in a motocross crash - jumped to the top of the times on a 1m47.815s but that was surpassed first by his teammate Vinales, who went 0.180s faster at 1m47.635s and then by Lorenzo.

Cal Crutchlow will start in fourth, only 0.015s behind Rossi, while Marquez found himself in fifth, ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Marc Marquez said after his fall, "Today wasn’t easy because with conditions completely different from yesterday, we started from zero and maybe we didn’t immediately find the best direction with the setup of the bike. I was fast in FP3 but actually I wasn’t feeling perfectly comfortable. We made some changes for FP4 and I finally felt good on my last run with used tires. That’s positive and we’ll keep working in that direction in the warm-up to further improve the setup.

"In qualifying I probably pushed a bit too much, went wide, and crashed. So, second row is not the best, but our speed is there and I’m happy with that. We need to analyse everything and make a good tyre choice, which will be challenging as we don't have much data, but anyway, I think we have the pace to fight for the podium."

Qualifying Results

1Maverick VinalesYamaha1m47.635s
2Jorge LorenzoDucati0.100s
3Valentino RossiYamaha0.180s
4Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda0.195s
5Marc MarquezHonda0.328s
6Dani PedrosaHonda0.472s
7Andrea DoviziosoDucati0.502s
8Aleix EspargaroAprilia0.524s
9Alvaro BautistaAspar Ducati0.552s
10Andrea IannoneSuzuki0.654s
11Johann ZarcoTech3 Yamaha0.767s
12Mika KallioKTM0.836s
13Jack MillerMVDS Honda0.672s
14Pol EspargaroKTM0.752s
15Karel AbrahamAspar Ducati0.832s
16Danilo PetrucciPramac Ducati1.273s
17Loris BazAvintia Ducati1.276s
18Jonas FolgerTech3 Yamaha1.399s
19Hector BarberaAvintia Ducati1.417s
20Alex RinsSuzuki1.598s
21Tito RabatMVDS Honda1.623s
22Scott ReddingPramac Ducati1.653s
23Bradley SmithKTM1.943s
24Sam LowesAprilia3.134s

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