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 -


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