Bagnaia Soars To Maiden MotoGP Pole

0
69
Francesco Bagnaia earned his first MotoGP pole Saturday in Qatar. (Ducati Photo)
Francesco Bagnaia earned his first MotoGP pole Saturday in Qatar. (Ducati Photo)

LUSAIL, Qatar – Francesco Bagnaia sailed to his maiden MotoGP pole on Saturday at the Losail Int’l Circuit, doing so at a record breaking pace.

Bagnaia, riding for the Ducati Lenovo Team, rode to the fastest two-wheel lap ever around the Losail Int’l Circuit to earn the top starting spot for Sunday’s opener. His lap of 1:52.772 was enough to give him the pole by .266 seconds ahead of Monster Energy Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo.

They’ll be joined on the front row by Quartararo’s teammate, Maverick ViƱales, who was .316 seconds off the pace set by Bagnaia.

Valentino Rossi, making his debut for Petronas Yamaha SRT, qualified an impressive fourth to lead the second row. Jack Miller will line up fifth after setting the fastest time in practice on Friday on the second Ducati. Johann Zarco qualified sixth for Pramac Racing.

Franco Morbidelli, Aleix Espargaro and Alex Rins make up the third row, with reigning MotoGP champion Joan Mir, Takaaki Nakagami and Pol Espargaro set to start from the fourth row.