Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales claimed a second successive pole position at the Misano circuit in San Marino ahead of Sunday’s Emilia Romagna MotoGP.
Track limits cost Francesco Bagnaia the pole position after his hot lap was disallowed, leaving him fifth on the grid.
Bagnaia’s Ducati teammate Jack Miller was just 0.0076 seconds off Vinales’ time.
Fabio Quartararo lost the world Championship lead last weekend after falling off his Petronas Yamaha and retiring from the race but he will be looking to bounce back after qualifying third at Misano.
The top 11 places were seperated by just half a second and the race is expected to be a competitive affair following last week’s dramatic San Marino Grand Prix.
Honda’s rotten luck in MotoGP in 2020 continued with Stefan Bradl, who was replacing injured reigning world champion Marc Marquez, withdrawing from the remainder of the weekend due to recent surgery for nerve problems in his hand.
Veteran British rider Cal Crutchlow will also miss the race after a recent surgery following some early season crashes.
South Africa’s Brad Binder achieved sixth place on the grid improving from last weekend when he failed to get out of the first qualifying session.
EMILIA ROMAGNA MOTOGP MISANO QUALIFYING
|EMILIA ROMAGNA MOTOGP, MISANO – FULL QUALIFYING RESULTS|
|1||Maverick Viñales||SPA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||1’31.077s||9/9||291k|
|2||Jack Miller||AUS||Pramac Ducati (GP20)||+0.076s||8/8||302k|
|3||Fabio Quartararo||FRA||Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)||+0.145s||8/8||291k|
|4||Pol Espargaro||SPA||Red Bull KTM (RC16)||+0.231s||9/9||298k|
|5||Francesco Bagnaia||ITA||Pramac Ducati (GP20)||+0.236s||3/7||303k|
|6||Brad Binder||RSA||Red Bull KTM (RC16)*||+0.312s||8/9||293k|
|7||Valentino Rossi||ITA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||+0.359s||7/7||290k|
|8||Franco Morbidelli||ITA||Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)||+0.489s||5/9||290k|
|9||Danilo Petrucci||ITA||Ducati Team (GP20)||+0.497s||8/9||298k|
|10||Andrea Dovizioso||ITA||Ducati Team (GP20)||+0.504s||7/9||300k|
|11||Joan Mir||SPA||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||+0.540s||8/9||293k|
|12||Takaaki Nakagami||JPN||LCR Honda (RC213V)||+1.207s||3/4||293k|
|13||Iker Lecuona||SPA||Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*||1’31.715s||4/9||292k|
|14||Johann Zarco||FRA||Reale Avintia (GP19)||1’31.764s||9/9||294k|
|15||Miguel Oliveira||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)||1’31.841s||7/8||294k|
|16||Aleix Espargaro||SPA||Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)||1’31.912s||3/6||292k|
|17||Alex Marquez||SPA||Repsol Honda (RC213V)*||1’32.198s||8/8||293k|
|18||Alex Rins||SPA||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||1’32.275s||8/9||293k|
|19||Bradley Smith||GBR||Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)||1’32.486s||7/8||290k|
|20||Tito Rabat||SPA||Reale Avintia (GP19)||1’32.85s||4/9||296k|
Official Misano MotoGP records:
Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati1m 31.127s (2020)
Fastest race lap:
Andrea Dovizioso SPA Ducati 1m 32.678s (2018)
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