2019 Aragon MotoGP Qualifying Result: Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

Motorland Aragon hotted up nicely ahead of the qualifying session for the premier class but it looked like a given that Marc Marquez would grow his watch collection as soon as FP1 concluded. The Spaniard’s second flying lap was good enough for provisional pole and for his second run he aimed to improve on his FP1 demolition job of a lap. The plan was slightly derailed when the Spaniard came across Maverick Viñales and refused to drag him along but the world champion will still start his 200th Grand Prix from pole position.

The only slight palpitations for the poleman came once again courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, the young Frenchman setting three red sectors on his final flying lap but it all came undone in the final sector and he had to settle for second. Viñales completes a fairly familiar front row configuration, where the Yamaha man was the only other rider to finish within half a second of pole.

Jack Miller opens row two ahead of Aleix Espargaro in an exceptional afternoon for Aprilia. Valentino Rossi climbed as high as sixth place, one full second slower than Marquez. Cal Crutchlow found some speed to join the third row of the grid, where he will be accompanied by Q1 leader Franco Morbidelli and the lead Suzuki of Joan Mir.

Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top ten but a fourth row start is less than ideal for his championship challenge. The bigger story of row four, however, came from Andrea Iannone, the convalescent Italian making his first Q2 appearance for Aprilia and the first time the Italian factory has both bikes in the second qualifying session. He will line up 11th, although six tenths slower than Dovizioso and a couple seconds off pole.

Iannone’s Q1 surprise came to the detriment of Alex Rins, the Spaniard’s hard rear tyre gamble not paying off and leaving him stranded in 13th grid position. There was no room at the inn for Danilo Petrucci either, the Italian qualifying 15th. Although Pol Espargaro had secured a direct Q2 spot, the KTM rider could not make good use of it after a painful FP4 crash left him with a fractured wrist. With the Spaniard unfortunately declared unfit for the race, Rins finds himself promoted to the fourth row of the grid.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'47.009    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'47.336 0.327 0.327
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'47.472 0.463 0.136
4 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'47.658 0.649 0.186
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'47.733 0.724 0.075
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'48.015 1.006 0.282
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'48.322 1.313 0.307
8 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'48.372 1.363 0.050
9 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'48.458 1.449 0.086
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'48.608 1.599 0.150
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'49.240 2.231 0.632
  44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM      
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Q2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'48.292    
Q2 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'48.330 0.038 0.038
13 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'48.449 0.157 0.119
14 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'48.477 0.185 0.028
15 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'48.682 0.390 0.205
16 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'48.748 0.456 0.066
17 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'48.827 0.535 0.079
18 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'48.916 0.624 0.089
19 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'49.085 0.793 0.169
20 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'49.282 0.990 0.197
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'49.315 1.023 0.033
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'49.517 1.225 0.202
23 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'49.756 1.464 0.239
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He can be fast when he gets a tow, but the times he's fast without one are few and far between. If MotoGP had the old style One Man Alone, One Lap style Superpole, he'd be nowhere.

Tires. Michelin have done a good job w tire development. So glad we aren't looking at a "cruising 1 second off of pace saving tires" parade. Last year here had a start, then one Iannone - Rins Suzuki half lap battle, followed by NOTHING until the end.

This year, better tires.

Dovi 4th row start "less than ideal for his championship challenge" - what championship challenge? Anyone else have trouble keeping a straight face there? He has plateaued as a rider. Petrucci has been getting fat and slow. Miller has been consistently socking it to him, not coincidentally since as SOON as DP8 was signed. That bike needs a top performing rider on it, and a touch better set up. It can win at Aragon.

The Yamaha continues full stride. Still predicting Vinales 2nd, Quarty 3rd. A.Espargaro, where did you come from?! Wow. One off anomaly. Saddened to see Pol injured and his Orange charge derailed for now. Heal up quick friend.

Rins is a mystery. Cheering for them. Jorge looks concerning! Like Zarcoing? Are he and HRC on the rocks?

Marquez, all by himself at the front. (Sigh) this weekend, and for the championship. Let's enjoy watching the Yamaha come good and a good fight amongst Vinales and Quarty?