Quartararo Scores Shock MotoGP Pole

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Fabio Quartararo (right) and Franco Morbidelli (left) swept the top-two positions for Petronas Yamaha SRT Saturday at Circuito de Jerez. (Yamaha Photo)

JEREZ, Spain – Fabio Quartararo became the youngest polesitter in MotoGP history on Saturday at Circuito de Jerez.

Quartararo, riding for Petronas Yamaha SRT, shocked the MotoGP field with his best lap of 1:36.880 to secure the pole. At 20 years and 14 days old, Quartararo reset the record for youngest polesitter in MotoGP history previously held by Marc Marquez.

It was an exceptional day for not just Quartararo, but the entire Petronas Yamaha SRT as his teammate Franco Morbidelli qualified second to give the team a sweep of the top-two positions.

Marquez, aboard his Repsol Honda, qualified third behind the Petronas Yamaha SRT pairing to complete the front row.

Championship leader and Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso qualified fourth to lead the fourth row. He’ll be joined by Monster Energy Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow on the second row.

The rest of the top-10 in qualifying were Danilo Petrucci, Takaaki Nakagami, Alex Rins and Francesco Bagnaia.