JEREZ: Fabio Quartararo clinched a second consecutive pole position for Petronas Yamaha at the Andalusian Grand Prix in Jerez yesterday while Repsol Honda confirmed defending champion Marc Marquez would not be risked as he recovers from a broken arm.
Frenchman Quartararo, who won the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix last weekend, finished with a time of one minute 37.007 seconds and will start at the front of the grid. Yamaha’s Spaniard Maverick Vinales set a faster time but saw it scrapped because he exceeded the track limits by inches at turn seven.
Francesco Bagnaia of the Pramac Ducati team completed the front row, while his Italian compatriot and former champion Valentino Rossi made it a good day for Yamaha by clinching fourth on the grid.
Marc Marquez, who was declared fit to race after surgery on a broken arm he sustained in last weekend’s race, did not complete an out lap in the first session and returned to the pits before walking into the team’s garage.
Marquez did not return to qualifying and the team later confirmed that he would not take part in today’s race either, marking the first time in his MotoGP career that the Spaniard will miss a race due to injury.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso had a qualifying session to forget as he failed to get into the second session, finishing 14th in first qualifying.