The French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) added his fifth pole position of the season being the fastest in the second classification for the Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix at the Barcelona circuit, ahead of the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) and the French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21).
Quartararo, leader of the MotoGP World Championship, achieved a best time and new record with a record of 1: 38.853, with which he added his fifth pole of the year, the fifteenth in the premier class and the eighteenth of his sports career.
The fourth round of free practice took place with hardly any incidents, except for those starring the Spanish Aleix Espargaró, who did not control his Aprilia RS-GP for very little, Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16) or Jorge Martín (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), in his case near the end of the session, with Quartararo as the clear dominator of the session ahead of his teammate, Maverick Viñales, and a plethora of Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1) seventh.
Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16) was the first leader of the first classification, seconded by Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), while his teammate, Marc Márquez, initially took the wheel of the Ducati Desmosedici of Australian Jack Miller, although neither of them had good times and Jorge Martín (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), who ousted Espargaró from second place.
On his fourth lap Jack Miller hit every set to take the lead with 1: 39.553, while Marc Márquez was fifth and Lecuona went through the floor at high speed at turn nine when he was second.
On the last lap thrown Miller pulled hard and carried both Marc Márquez, with whom he spoke about the motorcycle on several occasions, such as Pol Espargaró, who took the classification away from his teammate in the Repsol Honda team at the last moment by just eleven thousandths of a second.
Márquez still had time to thank Jck Miller for letting him follow his wheel, although the Australian’s play could have gone wrong with the two Repsol Honda riders.
As soon as the second classification started, it already took place the first mishap, starring the Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1), which crashed into turn four almost at the same moment in which his teammate, Franco Morbidelli, was placed first, although the joy did not last long.
A little further back, Fabio Quartararo completed his turn, setting the first 1:38 of the session, to beat Morbidelli’s record by more than four tenths.
Rossi was able to return to his workshop to continue the session with his second motorcycleAlthough his situation did not improve much as he was tenth at the time and with Jack Miller who was on the ground at turn three when he was second and no longer had time to defend his position, although he did not need it either.
Nor could Pol Espargaró lose his best time, who fell in turn ten, and finished twelfth and last of the second classification, in which Maverick Viñales was sixth ahead of Aleix Espargaró, with Joan Mir tenth and Pol Espargaró twelfth.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.