Vinales, Dovizioso and Marquez Qualify On Misano Front Row For San Marino GP

Maverick Vinales takes pole position from Andrea Dovizioso at Misano.

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Maverick Vinales, Movistar YamahaYamaha Racing

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took pole position on his penultimate lap in qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano, displacing home hero and key Championship rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), who will now start in the second position on the front row. Completing the top three is reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who crashed in the session when on his fastest lap. Marquez sustained no injuries.

San Marino Grand Prix Qualifying Results 1. Maverick VIÑALES (25) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 2. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI 3. Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA 4. Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) LCR Honda HONDA 5. Jorge LORENZO (99) Ducati Team DUCATI 6. Johann ZARCO (5) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 7. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA 8. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) OCTO Pramac Racing DUCATI 9. Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 10. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 11. Michele PIRRO (51) Ducati Team DUCATI 12. Karel ABRAHAM (17) Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 13. Hector BARBERA (8) Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 14. Jack MILLER (43) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 15. Loris BAZ (76) Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 16. Jonas FOLGER (94) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 17. Pol ESPARGARO (44) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 18. Tito RABAT (53) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 19. Scott REDDING (45) Octo Pramac Racing DUCATI 20. Alex RINS (42) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI 21. Andrea IANNONE (29) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI 22. Bradley SMITH (38) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 23. Sam LOWES (22) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA

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Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati TeamDucati Team
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Marc Marquez, Repsol HondaRepsol Honda

Despite doubts about the weather, Saturday gave the grid good conditions for practice and qualifying at Misano, and pole position came down to a three-way duel. Dovizioso was the man on provisional pole as Viñales and Marquez began their final pushes, with the younger Spaniard going fastest on his penultimate effort and then rolling off after Marquez fell out of contention.

Fourth was a late dash from Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), riding with a finger injury, and the Brit headed five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) by only 0.024 seconds. Joining the experienced duo on Row 2 is rookie Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), who bounced back from a crash on Saturday morning to take a second row start in sixth.

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Cal Crutchlow, LCR Racing HondaMotoGP

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) is seventh, one place higher than his qualifying position last year at Misano, when he went on to win. Friday’s fastest Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) starts in eighth. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) moved up slightly on his last lap, and completes the third row in P9.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) is P10 after leading the charge from Q1, with Ducati test rider and wildcard Michele Pirro suffering a problem in the session and lining up in 11th. Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) completed the top 12.

From Q1, P13 is Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) despite a big crash earlier on Saturday, with Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) in 14th after having a lap deleted. Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) locked out the fastest 15, with Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) also falling foul of track limits and relegated to P16 after marginally heading wide in Q1.

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San Marino GP front row.MotoGP
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