Mugello MotoGP: Maverick Vinales denies Valentino Rossi home pole

MotoGP championship leader Maverick Vinales beat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi to pole position for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, topping qualifying for the second round in a row

Mugello MotoGP: Maverick Vinales denies Valentino Rossi home pole

After progressing from the first phase of qualifying, Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci threatened to spring a surprise on home soil at Mugello, leading the way into the closing stages with a lap of 1m47.266s.

Vinales, though, was only 0.005 seconds behind Petrucci and after Dani Pedrosa grabbed top spot briefly, the Yamaha rider vaulted to the top inside the final two minutes.

His 1m46.575s was not bettered, even as Petrucci improved to a 1m46.714s on his penultimate lap to get within 0.139s.

However Petrucci's time was scrapped for exceeding track limits at Borgo San Lorenzo and he fell from second to ninth.

Rossi was the main beneficiary, having been 11th of the 12 riders entering the final 60 seconds of Q2 before turning the 1m46.814s that put him into third place and then second.

The Italian is riding nine days after sustaining chest injuries in a motocross training accident and spending a night in hospital, and also fell in the fourth practice session that preceded qualifying.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso will start from the front row of the grid for the first time in 2017 in third place alongside the Yamahas.

Five Ducatis were in action in Q2, with test rider and wildcard Michele Pirro qualifying fourth, Jorge Lorenzo seventh and Aspar satellite rider Alvaro Bautista eighth ahead of Petrucci.

Honda pair Pedrosa and Marc Marquez will start fifth and sixth, Marquez after improving on his final lap.

Tito Rabat qualified a career-best 10th for Marc VDS Honda, one spot ahead of Tech3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco - who joined Petrucci in progressing from Q1.

Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro crashed at Arrabbiata 2 on his first flying lap, but got back out his second RS-GP for the second half of the session and will start 12th.

Friday pacesetter Cal Crutchlow was the biggest casualty of Q1, contesting the session after falling out of the combined practice top 10 in Saturday morning's third practice.

Crutchlow moved to the top of the times briefly with two minutes remaining, but was then pipped by Zarco and Petrucci, missed out on a Q2 spot by 0.079s and will start 13th.

Zarco's Tech3 team-mate Jonas Folger also spent time in the top two, only to crash at Palagio on his final run.

Folger will line up 15th, one spot ahead of Suzuki's Andrea Iannone, while Pol Espargaro was the best of the KTMs in 18th.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Rider Team Time Gap
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m46.575s -
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m46.814s 0.239s
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m46.835s 0.260s
4 Michele Pirro Ducati 1m46.878s 0.303s
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m46.999s 0.424s
6 Marc Marquez Honda 1m47.050s 0.475s
7 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m47.152s 0.577s
8 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m47.167s 0.592s
9 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m47.266s 0.691s
10 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1m47.282s 0.707s
11 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m47.319s 0.744s
12 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m47.475s 0.900s
13 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m47.220s -
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m47.272s -
15 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 1m47.305s -
16 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m47.625s -
17 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m47.809s -
18 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m47.940s -
19 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m47.961s -
20 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m47.975s -
21 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m48.361s -
22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m48.416s -
23 Bradley Smith KTM 1m48.594s -
24 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1m48.892s -


shares
comments
Mugello MotoGP: Valentino Rossi flies to the top in practice three
Previous article

Mugello MotoGP: Valentino Rossi flies to the top in practice three

Next article

Cal Crutchlow: Mugello MotoGP practice crash spoiled qualifying

Cal Crutchlow: Mugello MotoGP practice crash spoiled qualifying
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022
How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature Plus

How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature

The hiring of technicians from Formula 1 has clearly contributed to a recent change in the MotoGP landscape, with the role of engineers gaining greater significance relative to the riders. Here's how this shift has come about

MotoGP
Jul 19, 2022
The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader Plus

The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader

Coinciding with the arrival of Massimo Rivola as head of its MotoGP division, Aprilia has undergone an internal revolution that has spurred it from occupying last place in the team standings to leading the table in the space of just two years. Those entrenched in the project reveal how the ex-Ferrari F1 chief has achieved the dramatic turnaround

MotoGP
Jul 15, 2022
The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP Plus

The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli was long overdue a promotion to factory machinery when it finally came late last year, having finished runner-up in the 2020 standings on an old Yamaha package. But since then the Italian has been a shadow of his former self as he toils to adapt to the 2022 M1, and recognises that he needs to change his style to be quick on it

MotoGP
Jul 13, 2022
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022