Misano MotoGP: Vinales scores second straight pole

Maverick Vinales claimed back-to-back Misano MotoGP poles after Francesco Bagnaia’s final record-setting lap time in Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying was cancelled.

Misano MotoGP: Vinales scores second straight pole

Bagnaia smashed the lap record Vinales set in qualifying for the San Marino race during FP3 despite a crash, and came into qualifying as the favourite after topping FP4.

Yamaha’s Vinales set the benchmark at the start of Q2 with a 1m31.647s, though FP3 pacesetter Bagnaia smashed this with a new provisional pole record of 1m31.313s on his Pramac Ducati.

Fabio Quartararo had jumped up to second on his Petronas Yamaha, and was on course to depose Bagnaia when he had a wobble on under braking for the final corner.

Vinales at the start of his second run jumped up ahead of Quartararo with a 1m31.386s, before besting Bagnaia’s time with a 1m31.268s on his follow-up tour.

Bagnaia lit up the timing screens on his final effort right at the end of Q2 and produced the first sub-1m31s lap of Misano with a 1m30.973s.

However, this was scrubbed as he ran off track exiting the final corner and was dumped back to fifth.

Vinales fired in a 1m31.077ss at the end, which was good enough for second, but promoted him to pole when Bagnaia’s lap was cancelled.

Pramac’s Jack Miller came through Q1 and leaped from 12th to second on his last lap with a 1m31.153s, while Quartararo completed the top three just as he did one week ago.

Pol Espargaro leaped up to fourth on his KTM at the death, with Bagnaia and the sister factory KTM of Brad Binder completing row two.

Espargaro’s late effort dropped Valentino Rossi to seventh on his Yamaha, with San Marino winner Franco Morbidelli (Petronas) and Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci joining him on row three.

Andrea Dovizioso sneaked into Q2, but could only manage 10th on his Ducati, with Suzuki’s Joan Mir a disappointing 11th ahead of Takaaki Nakagami – the LCR rider destroying his second Honda in a crash at Turn 15 having done so in FP4.

A late improvement for Dovizioso in Q1 broke Tech 3 and Iker Lecuona’s heart, as it dropped the rookie out of the Q2 places right at the end of the session.

Lecuona had topped the session with a 1m31.715s after the first runs, but will start an equal career-best 13th for Sunday’s races ahead of Avintia’s Johann Zarco, who couldn’t recover from a late crash at the Carro hairpin.

Miguel Oliveira will start 15th on the sister Tech 3 KTM, with Aleix Espargaro 16th on the Aprilia after crashing late on in Q1 while on a lap threatening to lift him back into the Q2 places.

Suzuki’s Alex Rins was a mystifying 18th having got nowhere near the Q2 times on a 1m32.275s behind Honda’s Alex Marquez, with only Aprilia’s Bradley Smith and Avintia’s Tito Rabat slower than Rins.

Q2 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 1'31.077
2 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'31.153 0.076
3 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'31.222 0.145
4 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 1'31.308 0.231
5 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 1'31.313 0.236
6 South Africa Brad Binder
KTM 1'31.389 0.312
7 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 1'31.436 0.359
8 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 1'31.566 0.489
9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 1'31.574 0.497
10 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 1'31.581 0.504
11 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 1'31.617 0.540
12 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 1'32.284 1.207

Q1 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'31.559
2 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 1'31.612 0.053
3 Spain Iker Lecuona
KTM 1'31.715 0.156
4 France Johann Zarco
Ducati 1'31.764 0.205
5 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'31.841 0.282
6 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 1'31.912 0.353
7 Spain Alex Marquez
Honda 1'32.198 0.639
8 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 1'32.275 0.716
9 United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Aprilia 1'32.486 0.927
10 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 1'32.850 1.291
shares
comments

Related video

Misano MotoGP: Bagnaia smashes lap record in third practice

Previous article

Misano MotoGP: Bagnaia smashes lap record in third practice

Next article

Dovizioso: ‘Unemployed’ message on leathers is a bet I lost

Dovizioso: ‘Unemployed’ message on leathers is a bet I lost
Load comments
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Prime

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Prime

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021
Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home Prime

Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home

OPINION: Many of the UK’s MotoGP fans would prefer Donington Park to host the British GP beyond the expiry of Silverstone's current deal. But the track's fast, flowing circuit provides the best racing and should be regarded as its best bet for the foreseeable future

MotoGP
Aug 26, 2021
How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP Prime

How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP

The 2020 MotoGP season was an enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if you thought the world championship was a poorer place without Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape.

MotoGP
Aug 23, 2021
The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP Prime

The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP

The headlines after MotoGP's Austrian GP were naturally dominated by Brad Binder's heroics on slicks in the rain. But although seventh was, on the face of it, a fairly average result in the context of his season, that Fabio Quartararo was in contention for victory before the rain at Yamaha's worst venue should sound alarm bells for his rivals

MotoGP
Aug 17, 2021
Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales - but won't fix his big problem Prime

Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales - but won't fix his big problem

The prelude to Maverick Vinales' move to Aprilia has been his tortured exit from Yamaha. But the Spanish rider must put allegations of sabotage, suspensions and unwanted personnel changes aside once he embarks upon his new journey, while Aprilia must find a way to get Vinales firing on all cylinders once again

MotoGP
Aug 16, 2021
The MotoGP rider dilemma facing Petronas SRT for 2022 Prime

The MotoGP rider dilemma facing Petronas SRT for 2022

The final pieces of the 2022 MotoGP rider market have yet to be finalised as Petronas SRT Yamaha faces several obstacles in replacing Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli. SRT’s preferred option has been locked into a KTM deal he doesn’t want, while its other target is managed by Rossi himself and wanted at his VR46 team.

MotoGP
Aug 10, 2021