Yamaha scored twice in qualifying at Jerez, with Quartararo’s pole position (the second consecutive one after that two weeks ago in Portimao) and Franco Morbidelli’s second place. The Frenchman proved to be the man to beat for tomorrow’s race (at 2 pm the start, live on Sky, TV8 and Dazn): «it was a really tough qualifying, the conditions weren’t perfect. I’m not as fast as last year, but I really went to the limit and thought I was going to crash. The most important thing is to have the same confidence as in the previous races, I just have to decide the tires for the race »the first comments of Fabio, who set the best time in 1’36” 775.
For the Morbido, however, it was not an easy Saturday, after having had two laps canceled in FP3 and thus having to pass from Q1. The Petronas team rider managed to make a virtue of necessity: «I went really fast, the sensations in the saddle are excellent – he said -. I’m in good shape, if I manage to get a good start tomorrow I’ll be able to do a good race ».
Behind the two M1s, there are as many Ducatis, with Jack Miller who managed to take the last available seat in the front row while Pecco Bagnaia failed by a tenth and will start from the second, ahead of Nakagami’s Honda and Desmosedici of Pramac by Zarco. Seventh place for Maverick Viñales, ahead of Aleix Espargaró’s Aprilia and Rins’ Suzuki, who preceded his teammate Mir, Binder with KTM and Bradl with Honda. Marc Marquez, the protagonist of a bad fall in the morning at turn 7. The Spaniard was also transferred to the Jerez hospital for checks, but fortunately no problems were found, apart from a bruise in the cervical area.
Valentino Rossi’s problems continue, once again in the lower part of the grid. The Doctor will start from 17th place, ahead of his brother Luca Marini and Petrucci. Enea Bastianini did better than him, on the Ducati, thanks to the 15th fastest time.