MotoGP Valencia: Quartararo edges Marquez for sixth pole of 2019

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Petronas Yamaha SRT rider Fabio Quartararo secured a sixth MotoGP pole position of 2019, edging out World Champion Marc Marquez at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia.

The Frenchman had topped the first three free practice sessions of the weekend and came into qualifying as the firm favourite for pole and after the first run of laps it was Quartararo who found himself at the top of the timing screens.

It was Jack Miller who then went fastest, pipping ahead of the Yamaha man, however, Quartararo wasn’t done and produced a rapid lap to take the top spot back. Quartararo then went even faster with a 1:29.978. Marquez then fired himself ahead of Miller and into seconds place, just 0.032 seconds behind the Frenchman. Despite having one final lap to try and beat out the Yamaha man, Marquez wasn’t able and will start from second place on the grid.

Jack Miller held onto his front row start, just ahead of Maverick Vinales who will be eager to get ahead of the Aussie quickly, to not have his race ruined, sat behind the Ducati man. Franco Morbidelli will start from the middle of the second row in fifth, with Andrea Dovizioso in sixth.

Suzuki duo Joan Mir and Alex Rins will start from seventh and eighth respectively, with Cal Crutchlow joining the Spaniards on the third row in ninth place. Danilo Petrucci will start from tenth place with Pol Espargaro and Valentino Rossi completing the Q2 participants in twelfth place.

Johann Zarco will start from thirteenth amid rumours he is about to sign a deal with the Avintia Ducati team for 2020, with Michele Pirro and Aleix Espargaro in fourteenth and fifteenth, with the Spaniard suffering another crash.