Dominator since the start of the weekend in Catalonia, Fabio Quartararo left his poleman place to no one this Saturday. Untouchable during the fourth free practice session (almost five tenths ahead of his runner-up Viñales), the Frenchman hit hard on his first run to take the lead in qualifying.
A good idea, since despite his margin on the rest of the field, he could almost be trapped by Jack Miller. Coming out of Q1 where he felt the breath of Marc Marquez (will start 13th) throughout, the Australian set off a big time, before falling quite heavily in turn 3 (without gravity), while he was still improving his time.
Zarco goes back to 3rd place
At that point he was just 0’037 behind Quartararo and seemed in a position to do better. Too bad for the Australian and fortunately for the French, who with the yellow flags, did not finally have the opportunity to do better (1st in 1’38”853).
And as often, the Niçois was joined in the first places by his compatriot Johann Zarco. Still on the lookout in the wheels (those of Brad Binder this time), Zarco set the third fastest time at the very end of the session (at 0”196), to share, for the third time this season, the front row with Quartararo.
“It’s a very good pole, let loose Quartararo at the microphone of Canal +. Especially since I didn’t feel very fast. I had the security of being on the front row with my first run but everything was ready to do better in the second. But I couldn’t because of the yellow flags. ” “It’s a good qualifying because it was very complicated to manage the grip of the bike, explained Zarco for his part. It’s difficult to have the ease and ease of Fabio in these conditions. “
First and second in the World Championship, the French will have Oliveira, Morbidelli and Viñales behind their backs, while as too often, Joan Mir, the reigning world champion, will start beyond the third row ( 10th), just ahead of Valentino Rossi.