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Vinales wins pole at Valencia

After Marquez crashes
Saturday, November 17, 2018


Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales

After a crash at turn 4 interrupted his first qualifying attempt Marc Marquez suffered suffered a dislocated shoulder but was able to quickly recover and mount his second bike but it was not good enough to take pole on this day.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Vinales wrote qualifying history today at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo, becoming only the second rider ever to secure pole position after first taking part in the Q1 session.

In Q1 Vinales had a strong first hot lap that saw him put his YZR-M1 in second place, but he was pushed back to third when the pace picked up. The Spaniard wasn't shy to respond with a 1'32.418s lap, putting him at the top of the provisional rankings and giving him a 0.593s advantage to his closest rival at the time.

He re-entered the track after a pit stop of just over a minute. When three and a half minutes remained, the fight for a place in the top-2 heated up, but the Yamaha rider was ready to push. He was one of the first riders to drop under the 1'32s mark today and secured second place with a 1'31.858s lap.

The local hero exited pit lane late at the start of the Q2 session, as he needed a bit of time to make some changes to the bike after the previous session had come to a close only ten minutes earlier. His first lap briefly put him in fourth place, but he soon found himself in tenth. Vinales improved his best lap of Q1 thus far, but still entered pit lane holding eighth position. However, he was just getting warmed up.

After a quick look at the provisional times, he entered the track meaning business. He clocked a provisional pole and, to keep the first place in his grasp, posted a 1'31.312s immediately after. As the checkered flag went out, nobody was able to challenge him. He ended the session with a 0.068s lead, thus securing his first pole position since the 2017 Grand Prix of Aragon.


1VINALES Maverick 25SPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'31.312 / 0.000
2RINS Alex 42SPATeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki1'31.380 / 0.068
3DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4ITADucati TeamDucati1'31.392 / 0.080
4PETRUCCI Danilo 9ITAAlma Pramac RacingDucati1'31.414 / 0.102
5MARQUEZ Marc 93SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'31.442 / 0.130
6ESPARGARO Pol 44SPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'31.577 / 0.265
7IANNONE Andrea 29ITATeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki1'31.629 / 0.317
8ESPARGARO Aleix 41SPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'31.630 / 0.318
9PEDROSA Dani 26SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'32.140 / 0.828
10MILLER Jack 43AUSAlma Pramac RacingDucati1'32.145 / 0.833
11ZARCO Johann 5FRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'32.179 / 0.867
12PIRRO Michele 51ITADucati TeamDucati1'32.310 / 0.998
13LORENZO Jorge 99SPADucati TeamDucati1'31.900 Q1
14NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30JPNLCR HondaHonda1'31.928 / 0.546
15MORBIDELLI Franco 21ITAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'32.385 / 1.003
16ROSSI Valentino 46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'32.452 / 1.070
17LUTHI Tom 12SWIEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'32.545 / 1.163
18ABRAHAM Karel 17CZEAngel Nieto TeamDucati1'32.547 / 1.165
19BAUTISTA Alvaro 19SPAAngel Nieto TeamDucati1'32.568 / 1.186
20BRADL Stefan 6GERLCR HondaHonda1'32.708 / 1.326
21SYAHRIN Hafizh 55MALMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'32.749 / 1.367
22SMITH Bradley 38GBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'33.011 / 1.629
23TORRES Jordi 81SPAReale Avintia RacingDucati1'34.427 / 3.045
24REDDING Scott 45GBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'35.171 / 3.789

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