Fabio Quartararo is, with the permission of the limping Marc Márquez (record of poles: accumulates 90 in eight seasons), the new bullet man of the Motorcycle World Championship. There are few riders on the MotoGP grid right now who can follow a fast lap in his wake. The French rider of the official Yamaha team took the pole of the Italian Grand Prix with a vertigo lap, a new speed record that points to his service record. And one more quick lap. With this there are already four pole position that bear the signature of the one in Nice on four consecutive weekends.
“I think it is the best lap I have ever done in my life. Getting out of the first here was important, ”he said. He is the leader of the World Cup with two victories and a third place and aspires to continue adding in this weekend’s appointment at the Mugello circuit, the sixth of the season.
Quartararo finished with the best time and will start from the top of the grid this Sunday. At his side will be Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), second overall, and Johan Zarco (Ducati Pramac).
In addition, the Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaró will start from fourth place after sealing a magnificent practice.
And if Quartararo filled the right side of Yamaha’s box with smiles, on the side of his teammate Maverick Viñales all were long faces. The Catalan walked with a crooked nose because Marc Márquez, who had confessed upon arrival at the Tuscan circuit that his physical recovery had stalled when he resumed the competition, took advantage of his wheel to sign the fastest lap in Q1. While the Honda team managed to move to Q2, following Viñales, the one from Roses finally lost second place in favor of Aleix Espargaró after making a mistake in the last corner of the Mugello circuit.
Márquez would finish Q2 in tenth position while Viñales watched the competition on the circuit screens and sat in his box. With crossed arms and a stern face. Since winning the first race of the year, in Qatar, he has not achieved a better result than the fifth he signed at the same Doha circuit a week later. He is fifth overall, 24 points behind Quartararo.
The MotoGP qualifying session took place a few minutes after young Moto2 rider Jason Dupasquier was evacuated from the track by helicopter and taken in serious condition to hospital in Florence.