Bath advantage!

Bath advantage!

If Maverick Vinales took pole position for the Valencia Grand Prix, the main lesson from the qualifying session comes from the difference between Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin, in the fight for the world title: the Italian will start four places ahead of Spanish and could be crowned in the sprint race this Saturday. .

Francesco Bagnaia can seriously start thinking about a third world champion title in a row! While he is 21 points ahead of Jorge Martin before the last Grand Prix in Valencia, the Italian will start four places ahead of the Spaniard, during the sprint race on Saturday and during the main race on Sunday. If he doesn’t make any big mistakes, the trophy will be his! However, nothing seemed to indicate that the Ducati rider was going to take the advantage over the Pramac rider on Saturday morning.

Only 13th and 15th in the two free practice sessions on Friday, while Martin had finished second and third, Bagnaia had to go through Q1, just after having dominated his rival during free practice 3 (third against sixth), which gave him morale. The double world champion easily won this Q1 by beating the track record, ahead of Alex Marquez who accompanied him in Q2. And during this Q2, it was Maverick Vinales, on his Aprilia, who took pole position, in turn beating the lap record. But Francesco Bagnaia proved that his Ducati was much better than the day before by finishing second, while Jorge Martin could not do better than sixth.

Zarco delights, Quartararo disappoints

Concretely, the Italian driver will be crowned world champion this Saturday during the sprint race (start at 3:00 p.m.) if he takes four more points than the Spaniard: if he wins and Martin does not do better than third, if he finishes second and Martin does not do better than fifth, if he finishes third and Martin does not do better than seventh…etc. From seventh place, Francesco Bagnaia will not be able to be crowned and will have to wait until Sunday to play everything in the last race.

On the French side, the great performance of the day is to the credit of Johann Zarco. For his last race with Pramac, the Cannes native has been in good shape since the start of the weekend and he will start in third place, thanks to his best qualifying session of the season. It remains to be seen whether team instructions will not be given during the sprint race to favor his teammate Jorge Martin. As for Fabio Quartararo, he had to go through Q1, in which he only finished fifth, and will therefore start in fifteenth position, which has become a bad habit for him.

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