Morbidelli takes his first pole in the GP of Catalonia; Viñales, fifth
Franco Morbidelli achieved his first pole in Moto GP in the Grand Prix of Catalonia after scoring a time below 1: 39.0 that had been marking throughout the weekend. The Italian stayed one tenth of the record on this circuit that Jorge Lorenzo still has in force, setting a very fast 1: 38.7 That nobody could match this Saturday on the Catalan track, which was not without controversy. Next to him on the front row of the grid, in a great domain of Yamaha, will be Fabio Quartararo Y Valentino rossi. The Spanish Maverick Viñales, will come out fifth.
After Q1, the back of the grid was fixed for this Sunday and among them was the current leader of the classification, Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian hit the brakes and will start in this Catalan GP in 17th place, on the sixth row. Ahead of him will be Rins (13th), Bagnaia (14th), Espargaro (15th) and Cruthlow (16th). Behind the transalpine pilot will be Alex Marquez (18th), Lecuone (19th), Bradl (20th), Smith (21º) and Rabat (22º).
The favorites they were obvious. The weekend had given that position in the pools to Quartararo, Viñales and Morbidelli, and none disappointed. Curiously, the first of these, the Frenchman, started with a small scare, passing his pulse at Turn 10, going long and spoiling the first opportunity. The Italian was going for all and in his first attempt he already warned. He scored 1: 39.1 and made things very difficult in the middle of the grid.
Miller and Zarco they put themselves and their Ducati into orbit with a bang. They were placed second and third, respectively, making it clear that surprises could occur. On the second and last try Quartararo he flew by scoring 1: 39.0 and grabbing second place on pole. Rossi resurrected by placing third and closing the first line, which led to Viñales up to fifth position, sharing first line with the aforementioned Miller (4th) and Zarco (6th). Morbidelli lowered everything with a time of 1: 38.7 which gave him pole. The third line went to Pol Espargaró, Joan Mir and Petrucci; the fourth was a matter of Binder, Nakagami and Oliveira.