2019 Barcelona MotoGP Qualifying Result: Blue Is The New Orange *UPDATED*

With 17 riders finishing FP3 within one second and the premier class youngsters dominating FP4, qualifying promised another tense battle of the generations. The fight started with formation flying for the Petronas boys which on the first run saw Franco Morbidelli lead Fabio Quartararo before the Frenchman got one back on the next outing to secure his second equally impressive pole position of the year. By the time the checkered flag waved, you could barely tell that the rookie was thinking of Assen in the hospital down the road just one week ago.

Marc Marquez deployed all his Wile E. Coyote strategies and Road Runner reflexes to take down his younger rival and the miraculous knee saved him once again in turn four but hampered his final flying lap. The Honda man missed out on pole by one hundredth of a second and will start Sunday’s race in a Yamaha sandwich between Quartararo and Maverick Viñales. The factory Yamaha rider’s late found speed demoted Q1 escapee Morbidelli to the second row by only one thousandth of a second but the Italian with start in pleasant company ahead of mentor Valentino Rossi, who made it a surprising four Yamahas in the top five. Second row will also be a familiar sight for Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian top Ducati in sixth and fairly subdued in qualifying.

Maybe his seventh qualifying position might not make it immediately obvious but Danilo Petrucci continued to struggle and started his session with a tumble in turn five while cruising. However, it caused minimal damage so the Italian could carry on but it wouldn’t have helped much with confidence. It was more of the same for Alex Rins, who went down at an even more crucial time, on a hot lap on his final run and got dropped to eighth, in the middle of row three, between Petrucci and Cal Crutchlow.

Jorge Lorenzo and his new tank fins will open row four, ahead of Joan Mir and Pol Espargaro. The likes of Pecco Bagnaia, Jack Miller and Karel Abraham were best of the rest in Q1, while Takaaki Nakagami will have quite a challenge to replicate his Mugello adventures from 16th on the grid.

UPDATE: Maverick Viñales received a three-place grid penalty for being slow on the racing line and disturbing another rider, basically popping wheelies at the fans too soon and getting in Quartararo's way on his final flying lap. The Spaniard will start sixth on the grid instead, promoting Morbidelli to the front row and giving a helping hand to Rossi and Dovizioso as well. 

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'39.484    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.499 0.015 0.015
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.710 0.226 0.211
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'39.711 0.227 0.001
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.753 0.269 0.042
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.777 0.293 0.024
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.844 0.360 0.067
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'39.870 0.386 0.026
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'40.151 0.667 0.281
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'40.199 0.715 0.048
11 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'40.240 0.756 0.041
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.425 0.941 0.185
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'39.727    
Q2 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'40.012 0.285 0.285
13 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'40.167 0.440 0.155
14 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'40.271 0.544 0.104
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'40.349 0.622 0.078
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'40.362 0.635 0.013
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.400 0.673 0.038
18 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'40.427 0.700 0.027
19 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'40.682 0.955 0.255
20 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'40.752 1.025 0.070
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'40.839 1.112 0.087
22 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'41.232 1.505 0.393
23 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'41.270 1.543 0.038
24 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'41.748 2.021 0.478

Grid:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'39.484    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.499 0.015 0.015
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'39.711 0.227 0.001
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.753 0.269 0.042
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.777 0.293 0.024
6 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.710 0.226 0.211
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.844 0.360 0.067
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'39.870 0.386 0.026
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'40.151 0.667 0.281
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'40.199 0.715 0.048
11 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'40.240 0.756 0.041
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.425 0.941 0.185
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'39.727    
Q2 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'40.012 0.285 0.285
13 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'40.167 0.440 0.155
14 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'40.271 0.544 0.104
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'40.349 0.622 0.078
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'40.362 0.635 0.013
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.400 0.673 0.038
18 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'40.427 0.700 0.027
19 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'40.682 0.955 0.255
20 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'40.752 1.025 0.070
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'40.839 1.112 0.087
22 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'41.232 1.505 0.393
23 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'41.270 1.543 0.038
24 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'41.748 2.021 0.478
Round Number: 
7
2019
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Comments

So is that what it looks like when the #29 quits? why did he show up?

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Oh, so there is nothing wrong with the tools we've been given, we just can't use them correctly?

 

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I believe it's become clearer over the last few races that they're comparable tools when you can run optimum lines on a clear track. It's when they're mixing it up with a pack of other machines that they experience the most trouble? With acceleration, tires, etc.

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Yes cmf, that is where my barb was directed. VR46 has absolutely no trouble scything through the pack from his numerous poor qualifying efforts. I'll give the rookies a pass at the moment. Maverick is so fickle I don't know where to start - as I have said previously I thought/hoped he was going to be the next big thing but alas there is so much going on there only Motoshrink can help.

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Updated? May we please have the grid positions they will actually be starting from?

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