Pecco Bagnaia achieved pole position in MotoGP at Jerez. The first of the year, the 14th of her life and seventh in the queen class.
The very high temperatures, with more than 45 degrees on the track, they advised using hard rubber at the front and soft at the rear. Ral Fernndez is out due to injury.
At the beginning, Brad Binder took the lead, sneaked into turn 1 and Lex Márquez did too and they almost touched.
Pol Espargar showed that he was aspiring to pass by putting himself first. But there was a third great candidate: Lex Rins, who shone in the last set to climb to the top. Times were relatively slow.
Miguel Oliveira went back to his box complaining of a technical problem. Zarco, when everyone stopped, was also required for the end.
The Portuguese was able to get out on the second attempt. Rins was hurrying to have two full turns.
Pol forced to beat Rins by three tenths. But there was a lot left. Bezzecchi, even running into Dovizioso at the end, took the lead. Right after, Marco crashed at turn 2. This caused Rins to lose a lap.
Remy Gardner fell in turn 1. Rins did not hit. On top of that, he couldn’t do one more lap. Forced to another comeback.
Zarco was missing, which took advantage of Bradl’s wheel. A Honda guided him, unwittingly, to leave out another, Pol’s. The one from Granollers lacked 3 thousandths to pass. Zarco and Bezzecchi surpassed the repechage. Pol will come out 13; Rhines, 14; Brad Binder, 15; Morbidelli, 16; Di Giannantonio, 17; Gardner, 18; Marino, 19; Bradl, 20; Oliveira, 21; lex Marquez, 22; Dovizioso, 23; Savadori, 24 and Darryn Binder, 25. Bad KTMs.
In the Q2all but Miller continued with the trend of the hard tire in front and the soft, behind.
Jorge Martin fell at turn 1. He ran out to grab his second mount. The yellow flags caused them to cancel the return to Quartararo or Viales.
Marc had it clear: he stuck to Bagnaia as he did in the third free practice with Miller’s official Ducati.
Pecco didn’t care. He put half a second to the ilerdense. His ‘problem’ was Quartararo. Fabio pruned with the Italian for 73 thousandths. Aleix showed credentials with a great provisional third place.
‘Martinator’ returned with his second mount to make an acceptable turn that placed him eighth.
Bagnaia and Miller came out of their garage so fast that Marc couldn’t catch them. The one from Cervera was placed behind Quartararo. It didn’t seem like a bad option.
Joan Mir went to the ground in turn 1. Bagnaia tightened the rope to get first.
Marc took advantage of the wheel of the Frenchman, who did not beat Pecco, to get fourth. Bastianini fell.
Aleix, following Maverick, was third. Quartararo was not able to capture his favorite status. The pole went to Bagnaia. Marc had the last lap cancelled, but he didn’t care, he was fifth on the grid.