Valencia GP | Vinales goes from Q1 to pole, Marquez 5th despite crashing
Maverick Vinales bounces back from Q1 to snatch pole in Valencia. Rins and Dovizioso will join him on the front row, whereas Marquez managed to complete qualifying in P5 following a heavy crash, in which his shoulder popped out.
He went through Q1, advanced to Q2 and claimed the last pole position of the 2018 season. Maverick Vinales went in for a sensational, thrilling qualifying session at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Track conditions were semi-damp, causing numerous crashes, but the riders threw a hell of a show today.
Vinales clocked a 1’31’’312, which was enough for pole. Alex Rins qualified 2nd, only 0.068s short. Dovizioso had to settle for 3rd, as he lost in the fourth sector when he was going for the fastest laptime.
Danilo Petrucci, who had topped FP3 earlier today, will open the second row, owing to a last-minute improvement in Q2. Marc Marquez crashed out at turn 4 and was transported back to the paddock, as his shoulder popped out. The same happened during his over the top title celebrations in Japan, after which the 7-time champion revealed that he is undergoing surgery once the season ends. Following a few quick checks, Marquez went back out and finished 5th.
Pol Espargaro closed in 6th, ahead of Andrea Iannone, who advanced from Q1 along with poleman Vinales. Aleix Espargaro qualified 8th ahead of fellow Spaniard Daniel Pedrosa, who is retiring at the end at the season before heading to KTM and undertaking a testing role.
Jack Miller rounds up the top 10, ahead of Johann Zarco, who crashed when there was still one minute left to the chequered flag. Michele Pirro closes in 12th, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who missed out in Q1 and will start from P13 tomorrow. Valentino Rossi struggled and did not make it to Q2 either, as he is down in P16.