A record pole for Martin, Quartararo 15th

A record pole for Martin, Quartararo 15th

Jorge Martin (Pramac) will start from pole position for the sprint race and the Italian Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit, after breaking the track record in qualifying. Fabio Quartararo, however, will only start 15th and Johann Zarco 18th.

He is at the heart of the rumors this weekend, since he asked Ducati to make a decision on his future before Sunday. Jorge Martin hopes to leave the Pramac satellite team to join the factory team next season alongside his rival Francesco Bagnaia, and he hopes to have provided an additional argument by signing pole position for the Italian Grand Prix ( his 16th pole in MotoGP), with the lap record at stake. The 26-year-old Spanish driver, current leader of the world championship, achieved an excellent time of 1’44″504 on his first flying lap in Q2never before seen on the Mugello track.

The record of his teammate Franco Morbidelli, author of a nice 1’44″726 during Q1, only lasted a few minutes. Benefiting from a little aspiration, Jorge Martin signed this great lap and was never able to be caught, even if Francesco Bagnaia also started on excellent bases, before making a tiny error at the end of the lap. The double world champion fails 43 thousandths behind his rival. However, he will not start in second position on the grid for the sprint race on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) and the Grand Prix on Sunday (2:00 p.m.) because he received a three-place grid penalty for hindering Alex Marquez during practice. free.

Three Spaniards on the front line

It will therefore be a 100% Spanish first row, since Maverick Vinales (Aprilia) and Marc Marquez (Gresini), who finished at 183 and 280 thousandths respectively, will be alongside Jorge Martin. The French, as has unfortunately become a habit this season, will start far back on the grid.

Forced to go through Q1 due to poor cumulative times in free practice, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) and Johann Zarco (Honda) finished fifth and eighth in Q1 and will therefore start 15th and 18th on the grid. Franco Morbidelli and Raul Fernandez (Trackhouse), who escaped from Q1, will start in sixth and twelfth position.

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