Quartararo storms to second MotoGP pole position at Catalan GP

PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team enjoyed a fantastic qualifying session at the Catalan GP where Fabio Quartararo set the best time of the day, obtaining his second pole position as a MotoGP rider. Franco Morbidelli finished in fourth place – just 1 thousandth of a second off the front row.

Quartararo followed up his pole position at the Spanish GP in Jerez and front row start for the Italian GP with another exquisite qualifying showing in Barcelona. The rookie clocked a 1min 39.484secs lap on his second run in Q2, clinching the top spot.

Morbidelli also enjoyed a positive Saturday. After successfully making it through Q1 with a 1min 393.727secs lap – the best time of the session – he carried his form over to Q2. The Italian was fourth quickest in that session. His 1min 39.711secs lap only just denied him a second front row start of the campaign.

The PETRONAS Yamaha SRT riders were fast in FP3. Quartararo finished in second position in the morning session with a best time of 1min 39.583secs, despite suffering a light crash at Turn 2. Morbidelli fell harder at Turn 13 on his last run, which led to him finishing 13th. He would have to go through Q1 thanks to his 1min 40.079secs lap, and undergo a check-up at the medical centre to confirm that he was unhurt in the incident.

Tomorrow’s 24-lap MotoGP race will take place at 2pm local time.

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