Fabio Quartararo will repeat this Sunday at the pole position, the same position he held two weeks ago on the Algarve circuit. The next day, he won the Portuguese GP, as he had also won the Doha GP. And he aspires to add a third consecutive victory this Sunday at the Jerez circuit, a scene in which last year he was able to sign two successive victories in two weeks when the World Championship just started.
Jerez is the circuit that already saw him race and win without compassion when he went from child to teenager. A route in which he accumulates dozens of beautiful memories and which is known by heart. His line for the Yamaha was always conducive and it continues to be so, no matter how much the bike with the tuning forks is no longer that delicate and easy-to-ride bike that carried Rossi and Lorenzo in the air. Today, with Quartararo at the handlebars, it is wilder, but just as efficient.
For this reason, again this time in the Spanish GP, the fourth on the calendar, the Yamaha look like palm hearts. It does mostly the official French M1 (the pole in 1m, 36′755s) and, from time to time, Maverick Viñales, seventh and determined to find the regularity in the race that weighed so heavily in 2020. And so does Franco Morbidelli’s satellite M1, which went back to a Saturday in which they were snatching fast laps from the timesheets for exceeding the limits of the track. He was forced to go through Q1 when he had been one of the fastest men in the preceding sessions. But the fast corners of Jerez did not resist him. Like few others, it knows how to flow through narrower paths like the Andalusian one. He went to Q2 with solvency and ended the session with the second fastest time.
His performance contrasts with that of his garage companion and friend, Valentino Rossi, who although he does drive an official Yamaha, does not quite solve the bad feelings that slow him down on the track. Not even when riding the Italian-Brazilian.
Third in the front row of the Spanish GP will be Jack Miller, a benchmark in the Ducati team along with Pecco Bagnaia, fourth. The two Suzukis of Alex Rins and world champion Joan Mir, discreet as they are used to on a fast lap, finished the fight for pole in ninth and tenth place, respectively.
Márquez, who after a spectacular crash in the morning was relegated to Q1 due to the discreet times in free practice, finished fourth in that qualifying session, so he will be in 14th position on the grid, right next to his teammate in Honda Pol Espagaró. The 93 will be a few positions ahead of Valentino Rossi, 17th, who at 42 years of age is still not at all comfortable with his Petronas team Yamaha.