Viñales record pole, Yamaha domain

Viñales record pole, Yamaha domain

The Spanish rider leads the grid for the second time this season, ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo

Viñales record pole, Yamaha domain

Maverick Viñales accentuated the dominance of the Yamaha in San Marino taking pole with a new circuit record. The Catalan repeats the honor of last year, but in a World Cup as open as this one that has left Márquez's injury, it is even more important. The deck of applicants is more open than ever and Viñales is one of the main ones. After the bumpy passage through Austria, Maverick takes flight again.

It is the second of the season for the Roses pilot. The previous one was at the Austrian Grand Prix, when the turns of the Red Bull Ring did not seem so threatening. In the race, two motorcycles flew near his head and a week later he had to jump off the motorcycle at more than 200 km / h due to a brake failure. It does not seem that the two scares have taken their toll.

Viñales had been warning that he looked strong and endorsed it by setting the new circuit record. 1: 31.411, two tenths below the time that Jorge Lorenzo set in 2018 with his Ducati. And it wasn't even the greatest sign of Yamaha's dominance, because all four riders came to have pole at some point in qualifying and will take the top four spots on the starting grid. Viñales, Morbidelli, Quartararo, Rossi.

The idol Rossi

'The Doctor' is being one of the great attractions of the weekend. Because he runs at home, as the 10,000 fans who have gone to Misano remember (first with an audience, but still with limited capacity), and because of the new helmet that he has presented: white and with a huge Viagra pill on top. Behind, a blister of four pills in which one is already missing. The dose is 46 milligrams, of course.

Maybe he needs another one to beat the other three Yamaha this Sunday. After the potholes in Brno and the brake problems in Austria, the bikes on the fingerboard have appreciated the new asphalt at Misano and start as favorites this Sunday with Maverick Viñales at the helm.

Lowes' No-Prize Record

Sam Lowes also broke the circuit record in Moto2 (1: 36.170) but in his case there will be no reward. The Briton was the fastest in a classification where the first seven improved the time of Johann Zarco in 2015, but carries a penalty from the last Grand Prix for reckless driving and this Sunday he will start from the pit lane. Instead, first place on the starting grid will go to Australian Remy Gardner. Xavi Vierge, the first Spaniard, was sixth.

Meanwhile, in Moto3 the pole went to the Japanese Ai Ogura (Honda), who on the last lap beat Argentine Gabriel Rodrigo by only 16 thousandths. Raúl Fernández, the first Spaniard, will also start sixth.

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