There might be a way of deja vu on the Andalusia Grand Prix on Sunday as Fabio Quartararo goes in quest of a second successive victory within the absence of Marc Marquez.
Quartararo secured his first MotoGP victory within the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix final weekend and sealed a 3rd consecutive Jerez pole six days later.
Marquez suffered a fractured humerus when he crashed out on house soil final Sunday and regardless of courageously getting again on his bike simply 4 days after having a titanium plate inserted in his proper arm to try to qualify, he is not going to begin the race.
Maverick Vinales will begin in second spot after having the quickest lap in Q2 chalked off for exceeding monitor limits, with Francesco Bagnaia on the entrance row for the primary time.
@FabioQ20 took his second pole in a row on the #AndaluciaGP!But… might the Championship chief have lapped the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto any sooner?Find out with the @Michelin_Sport Ideal Lap! pic.twitter.com/oHINuJta63
— MotoGP (@MotoGP) July 25, 2020
WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING
Petronas Yamaha rider Quartararo stormed to a different pole with a lap of one minute, 37.007 seconds, however Vinales got here agonisingly near denying him.
The Spaniard went only a centimetre too extensive popping out of Turn 7 when he was below Quartararo’s pole-clinching time and in order that lap was chalked off.
Bagnaia capitalised on progressing from Q1 by taking a career-best third, with Valentino Rossi taking fourth forward of Miguel Oliveira – who was additionally capable of mirror on his most advantageous qualifying efficiency within the premier class.
World champion Marquez was solely on monitor briefly in Q1 earlier than deciding he couldn’t proceed, having accomplished 10 laps within the ultimate follow session and additionally gone out for FP3.
Cal Crutchlow will begin in 13th regardless of present process wrist surgical procedure this week.
I at all times attempt to take heed to my physique, observe my intuition and combat for my ardour. My physique requested me to attempt and requested me to cease. Today I can sleep peacefully understanding that I’ve tried. Thanks for all of the messages of help, we can be again! #AndaluciaGP pic.twitter.com/vCIGXgnTii
— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) July 25, 2020
THE STARTING GRID
1. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha), 2. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha), 3. Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing)
4. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha), 5. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3), 6. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha)
7. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing), 8. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), 9. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).
10. Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), 11. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati), 12. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM)
13. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), 14. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), 15. Johann Zarco (Reale Avintia Racing)
16. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), 17. Iker Lecuona (Tech Three KTM), 18. Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing)
19. Bradley Smith (Aprilia), 20. Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), 21. Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda)
ANDALUSIA GRAND PRIX TALKING POINTS
Marquez and Repsol Honda got here to the conclusion there was no level in taking any dangers after he was unsurprisingly in discomfort when he returned to the monitor on Saturday, however he’s hoping to return for the subsequent spherical in Brno.
Opportunity knocks for the dominant Spaniard’s rivals as they battle to dethrone him and Quartararo might go away Jerez on cloud 9 if he takes the chequered flag once more.
However, Vinales was solely a whisker away from pole and there might be a pulsating battle to come back in spherical two.
Alex Marquez should come from the again of the grid after he was additionally left clutching his arm following a crash on a troublesome begin to the weekend for the household, together with his brother dominated out.
WHAT THE RIDERS SAID
Fabio Quartararo (1st): “I used to be stunned to make pole place. I count on a extremely good race however we have now a couple of riders who might pose an actual problem. We’ll be attempting our greatest to remain in entrance, keep targeted, handle the tempo and simply do one of the best we are able to tomorrow.”
Maverick Vinales (2nd): “Our potential was very sturdy at the moment. My most advantageous lap time received cancelled, however I’m so completely satisfied as a result of the bike is working so properly. I am unable to wait for tomorrow’s race.”
Valentino Rossi (4th): “We nonetheless want time to work on the bike and to enhance ourselves. The championship is shorter than standard this 12 months however it’s nonetheless lengthy, and proper now we are going to focus on enhancing ourselves relatively than on the title. We will work arduous for positive.”
Jack Miller (seventh): “As it sits on the minute we’re on this factor [the battle for the title]. We want to vary our technique. I believe I’ve mentioned all alongside, we have simply received to get by means of these with as many factors as potential, we’re coming to tracks that I actually do properly at, and we’ll be capable of problem.”
Published 26 Jul 2020, 00:14 IST