VALENCIA, Spain – Fabio Quartararo continued to flex his muscle during qualifying by earning his sixth MotoGP pole of the season Saturday at Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Quartararo edged MotoGP champion Marc Marquez for the pole at the final event of the season. Riding for Petronas Yamaha SRT, Quartararo put together a 1:29.978 lap time, which was .032 seconds faster than Marquez.
Marquez will start second to begin the final MotoGP event of the season on Sunday. Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller qualified third, .108 seconds off the lap time set by Quartararo.
Maverick Viñales was fourth on the factory Yamaha, followed by Yamaha SRT rider Franco Morbidelli and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.
Suzuki’s Joan Mir and Alex Rins were seventh and eighth, respectively, followed by Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci to complete the top-10.