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Quartararo storms to Malaysia pole

as Marquez crashes
Saturday, November 2, 2019


Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo

Rookie Fabio Quartararo took a stunning pole position in a hectic Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying that saw newly crowned MotoGP champion Marc Marquez crash heavily.

The Petronas Yamaha SRT rider put up a record lap to take pole with a 1:58.303s time while fellow Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales was 2nd.  Franco Morbidelli made it a Yamaha front-row lock-out with third on the second SRT bike.

Jack Miller will start from fourth, joined on the second row by Q1 pacesetter Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi.

Marquez high-sided in the final two minutes of the session while following Quartararo.

Mind games were on display with Marquez desperate to follow Quartararo as the pair began their final runs. 

But then suddenly the six-time MotoGP champion suffered a huge high side at Turn 2, which resulted in the Spaniard being thrown from his bike. He initially landed on his feet before face planting on the asphalt. 

Luckily Marquez was able to walk away from the incident but will start Sunday’s race from 11th on the grid.

“I’m ok, I’m in a lot of pain all over my body after a big crash," said Marquez.

Can Marquez win from 11th?
Can Marquez win from 11th?
"We have a good setting for race rhythm, but we were struggling a little bit with one fast lap and especially looking for something more in the change of directions. The tyres were ready but I was maybe a little too aggressive in the change of direction. Honestly, I’m more disappointed starting 11th than with the crash itself. From 11th it will be difficult, even if we did have a good rhythm in FP4. This season we have had 17 almost perfect qualifying practices, but we will see what we can do tomorrow.”

Alex Rins, Petrucci and Johann Zarco secured the third-row spots in Q2.

Jorge Lorenzo, who has been destroyed by Repsol Honda teammate Marquez, will start a disappointing 18th after falling more than a second short of the Q1 pace.


1Fabio QuartararoPetronas Yamaha1m58.303s0.000s
2Maverick VinalesYamaha1m58.406s0.103s
3Franco MorbidelliPetronas Yamaha1m58.432s0.129s
4Jack MillerPramac Ducati1m58.725s0.422s
5Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda1m58.951s0.648s
6Valentino RossiYamaha1m59.000s0.697s
7Alex RinsSuzuki1m59.090s0.787s
8Danilo PetrucciDucati1m59.097s0.794s
9Johann ZarcoLCR Honda1m59.139s0.836s
10Andrea DoviziosoDucati1m59.173s0.870s
11Marc MarquezHonda1m59.178s0.875s
12Francesco BagnaiaPramac Ducati1m59.640s1.337s
13Joan MirSuzuki1m59.374sQ1
14Aleix EspargaroAprilia1m59.435sQ1
15Pol EspargaroKTM1m59.812sQ1
16Karel AbrahamAvintia Ducati2m00.072sQ1
17Andrea IannoneAprilia2m00.205sQ1
18Jorge LorenzoHonda2m00.478sQ1
19Mika KallioKTM2m00.644sQ1
20Hafizh SyahrinTech3 KTM2m01.045sQ1

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