Bastianini takes pole, Quartararo ninth

Bastianini takes pole, Quartararo ninth

Ducati rider Enea Bastianini took pole position for the Portuguese Grand Prix, ahead of Maverick Vinales (Aprilia) and Jorge Martin (Pramac). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) will start in ninth position, while Johann Zarco (Honda) did not make it through Q1.

He is the teammate of double world champion Francesco Bagnaia, but this Saturday, it is he who takes all the spotlight. Enea Bastianini took his first pole since joining the Ducati Lenovo team last season, at the Algarve circuit in Portugal. The 26-year-old driver offered himself the second pole of his career, after that of the 2022 Austrian GP, ​​where he was with Gresini (he then retired during the Sunday race).

Bastianini signed one of his seven fast laps in 1’37″706, ahead of Maverick Vinales by 82 thousandths, ill this weekend but nevertheless fast on the Aprilia, and Jorge Martin, the vice-world champion, third. at 106 thousandths. Francesco Bagnaia, winner of the first Grand Prix of the season, in Qatar, will start in fourth place.

A third line of fire

It is the third row which will undoubtedly attract the most attention on Saturday afternoon during the sprint race and on Sunday during the Grand Prix. There we will indeed find the 19-year-old rookie Pedro Acosta, ninth for his very first GP, riding his KTM, but also the legendary Marc Marquez, six-time world champion, who managed the eighth time despite a fall at the start. session, and the 2021 world champion Fabio Quartararo, ninth, who can harbor some ambitions, he who finished eleventh in Qatar after starting sixteenth on the grid.

The other Frenchman present in the premier motorcycle category, Johann Zarco, on the momentum of a complicated start to the Portuguese round (16th then 20th and 18th of the three free practice sessions), did not manage to cross Q1, finishing only ninth. He will therefore be 19th on the starting grid, with little hope of finishing in the points. The sprint race will start at 4:00 p.m. French time on Saturday and the Grand Prix at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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