Petronas SRT Yamaha MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo secured a stunning pole position at the home Grand Prix of his satellite team, after seeing MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez viscously highside out of qualifying whilst following him late in the session in Sepang.
The Frenchman came into qualifying with a shot of posting the fastest ever two wheeled lap around the Malaysian circuit, and knowing this the Frenchman had a train of riders behind him from the off, including the Honda duo of Marquez and Cal Crutchlow. The Frenchman found himself trying to shake the Honda duo for the first run and unable to do so, returning to the pits in a bid to lose them.
A quick turnaround saw the Frenchman try and catch the Honda duo out, however with their positioning in the pit lane, the Honda riders were able to react and get straight back on the rear wheel of Quartararo.
With a little over two minutes left, Quartararo had decided he just needed to go and hope that he could force a mistake from Marquez chasing. The mistake came earlier than anyone expected, with a horrific looking highside from Marquez just a couple of meters behind the Yamaha man, landing on his feet before slamming down. It was a crash that it was clear to see hurt the Spaniard, even if he managed to walk away from the incident.
Whilst this was going on, Maverick Vinales had posted the fastest lap of the session as the chequered flag dropped, sitting on the pole position the Spaniard started celebrating. Unfortunately for the Spaniard, Quartararo had started a flying lap of his own. Nearly half a second up, Quartararo was at in the box-seat and despite a front end wobble in the final corner, the Frenchman held on for pole position.
Vinales had to settle for second position whilst Franco Morbidelli made it an all Yamaha front row on his Petronas Yamaha. Jack Miller looked frustrated with fourth, whilst Crutchlow will start from the middle of the second row, one spot ahead of Valentino Rossi who will start from sixth.
Alex Rins will start from seventh on his Suzuki, ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Johann Zarco whose impressive return to MotoGP continues. The fourth row will be made up of Andrea Dovizioso, Marc Marquez and Pecco Bagnaia.