Marquez withdraws from Andalucian GP, Quartararo on pole

Jul 25 2020
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

Fabio Quartararo took pole position for MotoGP’s Andalucian Grand Prix at Jerez, as reigning series champion Marc Marquez called time on his participation in the race weekend.

The injured Marquez had logged 10 laps in the pre-qualifying fourth practice session and displayed consistent pace, but was limited to a single out-lap in Q1 – immediately returning to the pits and heading straight for the Honda factory team truck.

This would’ve meant that Marquez would line up 22nd on the grid had he chosen to take the start, but it emerged immediately after qualifying that the six-time MotoGP champion was done for the weekend.

Marquez will now presumably focus on recovering for Brno in two weeks’ time, and will head into the third round of the 2020 championship with zero points.

Quartararo went to the top spot with a 1m37.007s effort with three minutes to go on his Petronas-run Yamaha, and though factory counterpart Vinales found another tenth at the chequered flag, he had the lap scrubbed off for a track limits offense at Turn 7 and had to settle for second place.

Pramac Ducati rider Bagnaia improved late on to strengthen his grip on what wound up a career-first front row start, with his mentor Valentino Rossi on the works Yamaha heading the second row in fourth place.

Miguel Oliveira was a spectacular fifth, just 0.002s behind Rossi in Q2 after having fought through Q1, as the top KTM, with the Tech 3 rider joined on the second row by fellow Q1 graduate Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha).

Jack Miller took seventh for Pramac Ducati, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami, the FP2 and FP4 pace-setter who should’ve placed higher up but ran through the gravel at the final corner on his final flyer.

Rookie Brad Binder was ninth, three places ahead of works KTM team-mate Pol Espargaro, who crashed at Turn 2 for the second time in two days. The pair were split by Suzuki’s Joan Mir and Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, nursing a fractured scaphoid, came within just over a tenth of making Q2 and will line up 13th on the grid, despite “struggling with the feeling of the handlebars”.

He will be joined on the fifth row by Ducati works rider Andrea Dovizioso, the 2019 world championship runner-up finishing only 14th after his was the only 2020 Desmosedici that missed out on an automatic Q2 spot in FP3, and Avintia Ducati’s Johann Zarco, who Oliveira followed for his fastest Q1 lap.

Marquez’s brother and factory Honda team-mate Alex Marquez had one of his better sessions in the premier class so far in FP4, but endured a miserable qualifying, crashing at the fast Turn 5 right-hander on his final lap and placing last of those to set a time – half a tenth behind the injured Alex Rins on the Suzuki.

Qualifying Results

PosNameTeamBike Group 1 Group 2
1Fabio QuartararoPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha1m37.007s
2Maverick ViñalesYamaha Factory RacingYamaha1m37.102s
3Francesco BagnaiaPramac RacingDucati1m37.176s
4Valentino RossiYamaha Factory RacingYamaha1m37.342s
5Miguel OliveiraRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM1m37.355s1m37.344s
6Franco MorbidelliPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha1m37.512s1m37.412s
7Jack MillerPramac RacingDucati1m37.423s
8Takaaki NakagamiLCR HondaHonda1m37.464s
9Brad BinderRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1m37.596s
10Joan MirTeam Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki1m37.6s
11Danilo PetrucciDucati TeamDucati1m37.906s
12Pol EspargaróRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1m40.277s
13Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda1m37.644s
14Andrea DoviziosoDucati TeamDucati1m37.656s
15Johann ZarcoAvintia RacingDucati1m37.761s
16Aleix EspargaróAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1m37.885s
17Iker LecuonaRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM1m38.206s
18Tito RabatAvintia RacingDucati1m38.211s
19Bradley SmithAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1m38.31s
20Alex RinsTeam Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki1m38.601s
21Alex MarquezRepsol Honda TeamHonda1m38.648s
22Marc MarquezRepsol Honda TeamHonda

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