2019 MotoGP – Round 13 – Misano
Qualifying Results / Quotes / Report
Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) continued his phenomenal weekend at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, taking his second pole position of the season and breaking some hearts at KTM as he knocked compatriot Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) off provisional P1 on his final flying lap.
Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) completes the front row, but the headlines don’t end there. Some drama erupted behind the three men in Q2 as Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) clashed at the final corner in an incident that saw both riders summoned to an FIM stewards panel.
Quotes from Top 20 qualifiers
Maverick Viñales – P1
“I’m really happy and excited, because we created a really good atmosphere and a really good weekend so far. Of course, we don’t finish until the Sunday, but we’re enjoying the moment because it’s always difficult to be in P1 on the Saturday. We’ve worked well for the race, the rhythm is there, we have a great pace in the last laps. We are going to try our best! I’m excited and happy about how it’s all working, the team is putting in a great effort. During the test we worked really hard on the slippery conditions and that’s why we are at the front now. Honestly, since the first day here all the Yamahas have been working well, but somehow we created better grip than the others. There are also other riders that are pretty close, so we will see at the end. My objective is to take the lead from the first corner and then push at my maximum. For sure I’ll be going for the victory. This is a good track for me, I have nothing to lose and everything to win. Any result will be good, but we have to feel like we fight for the victory.”
Pol Espargaro – P2
“It is amazing to be here. I want to take this moment to thank all the people that made the bike work so good here because I think to be faster today would be impossible. Thanks to those that give all the hours, effort and sweat. Hopefully we can keep on improving as we are doing. I feel good and I had the help of Maverick this morning to do the lap-time. I discovered that I could do something like that. I was surprised but anyway what matters is tomorrow’s race. For sure we need to be realistic but I will have the best views of my life tomorrow and I will enjoy it at the beginning of the race for sure.”
Fabio Quartararo – P3
“It was a tough qualifying session for us, but the goal for us was to be on the front row and we reached it. I felt really good on the bike in the morning, but the afternoon’s conditions were quite a bit different with more wind and higher track temperatures. We went the wrong way a little bit in qualifying and swapped to the soft front when we shouldn’t have, but we managed to keep hold of a good starting position and we’ve got the pace to fight for a good result in the race. I want to make a good start and not lose many positions, and then if we are there we can fight for the top five, and if the opportunity is there to do even better I’ll take it.”
Franco Morbidelli – P4
“I’m satisfied with how qualifying went, and we met our aim of starting tomorrow on the front two rows. It’s a little unlucky because we were close to the front row, but I’m happy with the position and the goal for tonight is to just fine tune everything for the race. The target Sunday is to make a good start and to try and have a nice race. The grip is quite consistently bad on this track and it gets worse in the afternoon when the temperature increases, but it’s the same for everyone and we need to see what the choice will be for the rear tyres.”
Marc Marquez – P5
“It wasn’t the best Qualifying for us, unfortunately I made a mistake on the second tyre so I had to finish the run early. We start from the second row tomorrow so it is not a terrible day and we are aiming to fight for victory. Our goal is the championship and that is what we are focused on. I felt really good in FP4 aside from the small crash so I am quite confident in our race pace.”
Andrea Dovizioso – P6
“The second row for tomorrow is surely very important, especially considering the difficulties we have had to face until today here at Misano. Working calmly and methodologically, we got closer and closer to the frontrunners, especially on pace, and tomorrow, if we make a good start, I believe we can have a say in the matter because the race is particularly long. There are six riders who have a good pace and we will do our best to get inside that group.”
Valentino Rossi – P7
“It’s a shame for us, because I was strong in FP4. I had a good pace, so I expected to be stronger in qualifying, but unfortunately during Q2, on the softer tyres, I had more problems. The first lap was not so bad, but I got stuck in traffic. Starting from P7 is challenging, because it’s not on the second row. Starting from the third row is more difficult, but the pace is good so we will try the maximum. At the end, with Marquez, I was on my second tyre and I tried to push to the limit. After that he overtook me in a fast corner, so he made me lose time, and then he went on the green. I tried to stay more inside to overtake him, because I expected he would slow down after being on the green, but he stayed on the line. I tried to overtake him on braking, but I arrived wide, after that the lap was over. I was trying 100 per cent, because it was my last chance, but I remained seventh.”
Johann Zarco – P8
“I’m satisfied. The condition of the track generally was better. The possibility to go straight into Q2 was there and I missed it by nothing. I was frustrated because I know Q1 is a tough job. Anyway I managed to do one lap and it was a great job. Super job from Pol; nice lap. He will be there in front so if can keep him in my view it means I can have a very good race. Top ten is my target and I want to feel good from beginning to the end. I want to fight and overtake riders and keep the pace.”
Alex Rins – P9
“We struggle a bit more here than at other tracks, but my race pace is OK. In FP4 I did a run of 9 laps on one set of tyres and the pace was really strong. In terms of a hot lap, it looks like I’m far away from the others, but I don’t feel that I am when it comes to the race. Tomorrow won’t be easy, but I’ll try hard for a good result. I feel optimistic.”
Joan Mir- P10
“In the end this is a good result in terms of grid position, especially for my first race back. But we are struggling a little bit here, especially on direction changes, and we still have some margin for improvement. Our pace is better than our grid position I think, so let’s see what we can do tomorrow!”
Takaaki Nakagami – P11
“I’m not happy really, I struggled this afternoon, but the morning was pretty good. The track temperature was a bit lower this morning so conditions were better. From FP4 we tried to focus on race simulation, but it was really tough and we struggled for grip again. Also during qualifying (Q2), it was not a good performance from me. In the end we got P11, we’re the second Honda, but this has no real meaning for me as we’re not very happy with the result. Let’s see what happens in the race, we still have time to work on a few things so maybe we can try some different settings tomorrow morning. We’ll try our best and if we can get into the top 10 that would be good as, so far this weekend, we’ve really struggled to find grip.”
Michele Pirro – P12
“We surely expected something more from the qualifying session because we had shown in the free practice that we had the potential to do better. Unfortunately, we tried something different in the setup that didn’t work the way we had expected it to do and so I wasn’t able to qualify any further up. In any case we’re confident for tomorrow, and if I get a good start, I’m sure we can have a good race and make up some positions.”
Pecco Bagnaia – P13
“I can’t be angry for three thousandths of a second. The important thing is that is the feeling in the FP1 was good. We tried, I gave it my all. My time would have been good in Q2 too. We continue to have big traction problems and we will have to try to work on that.”
Cal Crutchlow – P14
“Today was not a good day as you can see from the practice and qualifying positions. But this is the reality at the moment, it’s very difficult to ride the bike around the circuit, no matter what setting we put in. I already knew after the test here that it would be a difficult weekend, but I came into the weekend optimistic and, as always, I have to be optimistic for the race tomorrow – anything can happen. I will try and do my best pace and improve the lap time throughout the race to be competitive and there at the end in the battle that I’m in. The problem is I just don’t know the position that will be at the moment. I have to give credit to my team because they’ve worked very hard on the setting of the bike, but as I said, nothing seems to be working with my personal feeling at the moment. But I’ll try my best tomorrow whatever happens.”
Aleix Espargaro – P15
“It was a demanding day. The track is treacherous, as the many crashes demonstrate. We found a good base setup quickly, but I struggled when it came to increasing the pace because, in comparison with yesterday, we were unable to take a clear step forward. But in qualifying I gave it my all and we missed going through to Q2 by just a few hundredths. With a careful race, we can aim for a top-10 finish. It won’t be easy, but a lot of things can happen on Sunday.”
Jack Miller – P16
“I’ve never been able to find a feeling with the tyre. After the Fp4 the feeling was positive but in Q1 we struggled a lot with the grip on the rear. Let’s see what happens tomorrow but it will certainly be a difficult race. I’ll try to do my best anyway, as always.”
Danilo Petrucci – P17
“It was my worst qualifying of the season and to be honest I didn’t expect to have to start so far behind, even though I knew that over one lap I was going to struggle. Clearly the grid position doesn’t help me one bit, but I’m quite confident for the race because my pace is not bad. This evening we’ll have a good look at the data to try and find a solution that can help to improve my feeling for the race tomorrow”.
Jorge Lorenzo – P18
“For us it was a so-so day, I think after the Friday we had I was expecting to close the gap to the front a little more but we were able to make another step in Qualifying. Still we need to make another step again, but we already have some ideas for Warm Up. For the race we are aiming to finish as close as possible to the winner and I think we can make some progress forward.”
Miguel Oliveira – P19
“This Saturday started very good for us as we were quite fast in the third Free Practice. But in Qualifying I was struggling a lot with rear grip. We made a few changes on the rear end of the bike that didn’t work 100 percent. Anyway, this weekend was really without any expectations, so I’m just keen on doing a good start tomorrow and hopefully finishing inside the points.”
Hafizh Syahrin – P20
“Finally, we managed to improve our lap time slightly but we were still missing a bit of lean angle in turning. Tomorrow morning, we will try to choose the best tyre for the race distance. I will try to do my best as the race is going to be very long and hot, so we will see. As always and my target is to do better than in Silverstone last time out.”
MotoGP Qualifying Report
It was not the start to Q2 Pol Espargaro would have been looking for as his RC16 stopped at the end of pitlane but, luckily, he was able to get away fairly sharpish with a bit of help from a mechanic. Meanwhile out on track, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) backed out of his first flying lap and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) was the first to set a benchmark time. Just after that though, his rookie teammate Quartararo would go and set the quickest lap of the weekend despite a mistake in Sector 1 – the Frenchman slamming in a 1m32.686s to lead the way. Morbidelli responded to go just 0.024s off but Quartararo then improved to go over a tenth clear, with Marquez jumping up to third on his first quick lap soon thereafter.
Heading back into the pits, the top four of Quartararo, Morbidelli, Marquez and Viñales were split by just 0.2 seconds. Home hero Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was sitting fifth ahead of Espargaro, with second in the Championship Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) only tenth. Viñales switched bikes quickly, in and out like a flash, and on his next flying lap took third off Marquez to make it an all-Yamaha front row with three minutes to go…but there was plenty yet to come.
Morbidelli was setting red sectors before a huge slide coming into the third split ruined his lap, but what about provisional pole man Quartararo? He had Espargaro for company on his final lap but the Frenchman ran onto the green at the fast Turn 11 and voided his lap, leaving him unable to improve. Espargaro was still setting personal bests though, and as the KTM rider took the chequered flag it suddenly became apparent quite how stunning his lap was as he took provisional pole by 0.011. The fairytale wouldn’t quite prove perfect, but the performance remains superb.
Team KTM had to put their celebrations on hold as Viñales was coming. Red sector after red sector, one of the men who has been blisteringly fast all weekend crossed the line to go pole by nearly three tenths, and there were only two riders left to try and topple him: Marquez and Rossi.
Marquez, shadowing Rossi, was also on for pole. However, after overtaking the number 46 into Turn 11, the Championship leader ran wide. And, as it turned out, Rossi had also already exceeded track limits. But it boiled up to a final corner almost-clash, with the Yamaha slicing up the inside of the Honda as the duo came close to touching at Turn 14. Neither improved and both were summoned to a hearing with the FIM MotoGP Stewards to discuss the incident but no further action was taken. Marquez will start fifth, Rossi seventh.
That was that and the front row of Viñales-Espargaro-Quartararo was decided, with Franco Morbidelli taking his best grid position since Mugello and Catalunya to head up the second row. He’s just ahead of Marquez, with Dovizioso forced to settle for sixth on home turf. The Italian has, however, been a lightning starter of late…
Joining Rossi on row three are the Suzuki duo of Alex Rins and Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), with Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory) racing having been eighth fastest in qualifying but the Frenchman needing to serve his three-place grid penalty given at Silverstone.
Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) was P11 in qualifying but will start just ahead of Zarco, with Ducati test rider and wildcard Michele Pirro just behind the Frenchman on the grid in 12th.
Further back, some big hitters will be starting down the order: Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) will launch from P14, with the Ducatis of Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) starting from 16th and 17th respectively.
In addition, Andrea Iannone (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) will miss the remainder of the weekend after hurting his shoulder in a crash.
After a dramatic Saturday it’s now time for race day on the Riviera di Rimini. Viñales looks fast, a seventh front-row start for Quartararo sets him up for Sunday, and Pol Espargaro will be one to watch off the lap. Meanwhile Marquez, Dovizioso and Rossi are all looking to attack from the off…
MotoGP Qualifying Times
Rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (+Ego Speed Up) set a fantastic 1:37.481 in Moto2 Q2 at the GP Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini to take his first career pole position, beating some serious competition: Championship leader Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and second in the standings Augusto Fernandez (FlexBox HP 40) both line up next to him on the front row.
The sun was beaming down at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli and it was Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) who shone brightest in the early stages of Q2, the Australian setting the fastest lap of the weekend to lead team-mate Tetsuta Nagashima by just 0.007.
However, as he has done all weekend, Marquez was threatening the top. 10th after the first flying laps, the Spaniard then went P1 by 0.046 and soon after, Fernandez slotted himself into second. It was tight, however, with the top four split by only 0.053 with five minutes remaining – and then came ‘Diggia’.
The Italian pulled out of his first flying lap on his final run, but there was no stopping him on his last lap. Two tenths under in the first sector became 0.278 in his pocket at the third split and the impressive performance went unchallenged from then on, giving the Moto2 rookie his first-ever pole position. With Marquez alongside him and Fernandez alongside him, Sunday looks set to be a stunner.
Gardner and Nagashima will line up fourth and fifth as the duo keep up their great weekend at Misano, with Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) claiming P6 to complete the front row despite a crash at Turn 9,
Title challenger Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) and birthday boy Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) took seventh and eighth, with ninth going the way of home hero Marco Bezzecchi (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) after he came through Q1. It’s the second best qualifying of his rookie season, and he just beat fellow rookie Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team). ‘Bestia’ is coming back from injury and completed the top ten.
Andrea Locatelli lines up behind his Italtrans teammate in P11, with compatriots Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46), Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) next up. Jorge Navarro (+Ego Speed Up) is 15th, and he’ll be one of a few looking for a quick fight back through the pack on race day.
Q1 graduate Iker Lecuona (American Racing KTM) crashed in Q2, rider ok. Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) is ruled out of the remainder of the weekend with a broken collarbone from a crash in practice, and Mattia Pasini (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) was also declared unfit due to a small fracture in a vertebra.
Moto2 Qualifying Times
|1||Fabio Di Giannantoni||SPEED UP||Q2||1m37.481|
|15||Jorge Navarro||SPEED UP||Q2||1m38.181|
|20||Stefano Manzi||MV AGUSTA||Q1||1m38.364|
|21||Dominique Aegerter||MV AGUSTA||Q1||1m38.502|
|30||Andi Farid Izdihar||KALEX||Q1||1m40.723|
Tatsuki Suzuki took his first ever pole position at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini to put SIC58 Squadra Corse front and centre on their home turf at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, and he even did it via a trip through Q1. He’s joined on the front row by Championship contenders Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) in second, also via Q1, and home hero Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers).
It was a high-stakes Q1 for a few big names at Misano, although ultimately title contenders Canet and Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) emerged into Q2, as did Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers) despite a crash and eventual polesitter Suzuki. But once the second session was under way, the drama didn’t stop there…
Another crash for Fenati sidelined him from the battle early on and sadly for the Italian, also from the race weekend as he fractured his scaphoid. Not long after it was Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) then sliding out as he sat in fifth, although he was up and quickly able to get back to pitlane. There wasn’t enough time for the team to get him back out on track for the final push for pole, however.
Before that final push it was Suzuki on top and despite the flurry of last minute activity, that’s how it would stay as the few improvers weren’t able to challenge the Japanese rider’s 1’42.844. Canet came closest as he slotted into second on his final lap, but the man second in the standings was still just over a tenth in arrears – and only 0.006 ahead of Arbolino.
Behind the Suzuki-Canet-Arbolino front row, Jaume Masia (WWR) put in a good showing to take fourth, with Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) a late mover up the timesheets to complete the top five on home turf. Antonelli completes Row 2, the only man other than his teammate to have briefly sat on top of the timesheets in the session.
Dalla Porta slipped down the order to finally take P7 and head up the third row, although he did win his first Grand Prix at this very track last season from P8. Friday pacesetter Albert Arenas (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) took eighth this year, ahead of Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing), who recovered well after a difficult Friday. Andrea Migno (WWR) had another solid day on home turf to complete the top ten.
Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) was another who had another good day to take P11, as did Filip Salač (Redox PrüstelGP) in P12 for his best ever qualifying. Dennis Foggia (Sky Racing Team VR46) slots into thirteenth ahead of John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) after a crash for the Brit on his final lap, with Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) completing the fastest fifteen…and the last man in Q2 to set a time.
FP3 pacesetter Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) had his last lap cancelled for exceeding track limits, so he’ll be looking to move forward from P16 on race day after an impressive return from injury so far, ahead of Kazuki Masaki (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race) after he crashed and failed to set a lap, although rider ok.
Moto3 Qualifying Times
|7||Lorenzo Dalla Porta Ita||HONDA||Q2||1m43.185|