Viñales adds his third pole of the season

Viñales adds his third pole of the season

Viñales set a new all-time record of 1: 31.077 to finish ahead of Australian Jack Miller and Frenchman Fabio Quartararo.

Viñales adds his third pole of the season

The Spanish Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) added his third pole position of the season and the twenty-third of his sporting career by being the fastest in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that will take place on the circuit tomorrow. “Marco Simoncelli” from Misano Adriatico.

Viñales set a new all-time record of 1: 31.077 to finish ahead of Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP 20) and Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1).

The fourth session of free tests was a bit more bumpy than expected as some drivers did not wait too long to warm up the tires, which led to the spectacular crashes of the Briton Bradley Smith , whose Aprilia RS-GP finished on the tires, or from the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V).

Once again the Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP20) won the “official seat” of Ducati for 2021 by being the fastest in the fourth free session, ahead of the Spanish Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) and Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1), in a session that almost all riders tend to dedicate to seeking a good race pace and in which another Spaniard, Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) achieved his best test result at be seventh.

Alex Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP), with 1: 32.14, was the first to set a time to advance to second classification , although minutes later the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16) snatched that position from him with 1: 31.875, but still with effective training time to produce numerous variations in the time table.

For Aleix Esàrgaró it was not positive because when he was trying a last fast lap, he was on the ground, to his despair, at turn fourteen.

And the surprise came from the hand of the Spanish rookie Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16), who was placed first with a time of 1: 31.715, chased seven minutes from the end by the Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), 1: 31,801.

The French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP19) was on the ground – although he quickly lifted his bike to finish the session fourth – and the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP20) took Dovizioso out of the second classification, who regained second place in detriment of Spanish.

Maverick Viñales was the first to set a reference time in the second classification, 1: 31.647, at which point from his workshop they warned him to come in to make a first tire change, while on the track “Pecco” Bagnaia snatched the first position and Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) took second, with Valentino Rossi and another Yamaha YZR M 1 in fourth position, while Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha YZR M 1), winner last weekend, was far behind .

The South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16) took Viñales off the front row, but the Girona-born from Roses was not long in coming back to the front line, with the second best time a thousandths of a second behind Bagnaia and a lap later he took the lead with 1: 31.268, to return to his workshop with a clear strategy of going to three tire changes.

In those moments, the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V) crashed in spectacular fashion at turn fifteen with his motorcycle completely smashed after several turns of the bell through the air.

Bagnaia starred in a spectacular last lap in which he was on his way to smash all the records of the category and, in fact, set a 1: 30.973 that gave him the “pole position”, but in the last corner he exceeded the limits of the circuit and his The lap was canceled , so Maverick Viñales, who was behind, finished in 1: 31.077 and with “pole position”.

The first row was completed by Jack Miller , ahead of Fabio Quartararo and with a spectacular Pol Espargaró in fourth place, the same line in which “Pecco” Bagnaia and Brad Binder were placed.

Valentino Rossi achieved the seventh position, third starting line with his compatriots Franco Morbidelli and Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Desmosedici GP20).

The Spanish Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) finished eleventh, between the bikes of Andrea Dovizioso and Takaaki Nakagami

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