El Italian Franco Morbidelli brought the Yamaha back to the fore by setting the fastest time for the starting line-up of the Valencian Community MotoGP Grand Prix at the “Ricardo Tormo” circuit in Cheste ahead of Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP20) and Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V).
The world leader, the Spanish Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR), had to settle for the twelfth position, which will make you start from the fourth line and forced to come back on a circuit where overtaking is not too easy.
After failing to qualify for the second direct classification, Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR), one of the rivals for the title of his teammate Joan Mir, decided to go to the free quarters to give the maximum possible and in the end he got the best time of that session, improving even your personal best time, which in the third free was 1: 30.956 which fell by 61 thousandths until it was 1: 30.895.
The South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16) was the first to establish a reference time in the first classification, with the threat of rain again and the white flag with red cross waving on the track, seconded by the French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1 ), maybe the most in need of moving to the next classification not to give Mir too much of an advantage in the title race.
When the last ten minutes were entered, the Spanish Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) flew through the air at turn eleven as a result of a sudden recovery of traction on the rear wheel of his motorcycle (‘high side’), in which he suffered a violent and strong blow that left him lying on the ground for a few moments, although in the end he was able to leave the track on your own feet.
Alex Márquez was not daunted by the situation and he bravely got on his second motorcycle to try to improve the ninth position that, at that time, he was far behind in the first classification, but he could not achieve his task, as did Alex Rins, who finished fourteenth.
While Alex Márquez went directly to the circuit clinic with a wrist discomfort, the second classification began with Fabio Quartararo as the first leader, followed by two other Yamaha riders, the Spanish Maverick Viñales and the Italian Franco Morbidelli, who shortly after took the lead with 1: 31.124 and with Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP) in a creditable second position.
Lap after lap Fabio Quartararo regained the leadership of the category until the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16) snatched it from him with less than eight minutes to go and shortly after another KTM rider assumed that responsibility, the South African Brad Binder, with 1: 30.763.
And since there are not two without three, the Spanish Pol Espargaró placed his KTM RC 16 in second position, which placed three KTMs in the first row, but Maverick Viñales, behind, smashed Austrian joy by taking the lead and shortly after the Australian Jack Miller “ran the ladder” by beating the Spanish, while the French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP19) took the last KTM from the front row, and they even went further back until Aleix Espargaró climbed to the fourth place.
In a frantic and constantly changing final, Franco Morbidelli set the best time ahead of Miller and the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V), with Johann Zarco, Pol Espargaró and Maverick Viñales on the second row, Aleix Espargaró, Francesco ‘ Pecco ‘Bagnaia and Brad Binder in the third and Miguel Oliveira, Fabio Quartararo and Joan Mir in the fourth.
Mir’s twelfth position was somewhat discreet but at least, as a lesser evil, he could see that one of his most direct rivals, Fabio Quartararo, finished just ahead of him and Alex Rins, the other contender for the title, had not even passed. to the second classification and will have to start from the fifth line of the starting formation.
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