2019 Valencia MotoGP FP1 Result: Quartararo Makes A Late Attack

A cool Valencia greeted the premier class for their first outing but things soon got hotter, with Marc Marquez setting camp at the top of the timesheets by over half a second, quickly followed by familiar wildcard Michele Pirro setting up a Ducati barbeque in the gravel trap. While the world champion was getting a taste of the medium tyres, soft-medium was the overwhelming choice for his rivals in the chilly conditions. Most of those rivals were dressed in blue, the Yamaha boys back in business and doing a takeover of the rest of the top five. Maverick Viñales was the one to take it to Marquez in the final third of the session, drawing ever nearer to his compatriot in the closing stages of the session. However, it was Fabio Quartararo who took the fight to Marquez, using fresh soft rubber to demote the world champion in the final couple of minutes of the session. In doing so, the Frenchman stole Jack Miller’s thunder, who was the only other rider improving on new tyres and the Pramac rider had to settle for second.

Marquez stuck to his usual routine of giving used tyres a good battering and made do with third place. Viñales did the same as his compatriot and finished half a tenth behind Marquez, with the two Spaniards shaping up as the main contenders on race pace. With his teammate once again stealing the limelight, Franco Morbidelli settled for a top five position, only two tenths off the lead. Joan Mir in sixth was lead Suzuki, ahead of the KTM of Pol Espargaro.

It was a fairly tame session until the final five minutes, when Valentino Rossi took a harmless cold tyre tumble at turn four and got pushed back to eighth, despite being in the top five until that point. Andrea Dovizioso had a mild start to his weekend, nearly seven tenths off the leader and down in ninth, while Alex Rins rounded out the top ten. Danilo Petrucci and Aleix Espargaro were the final men within a second of Quartararo, with Johann Zarco best of the rest in 13th position.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'31.455    
2 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'31.512 0.057 0.057
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'31.532 0.077 0.020
4 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'31.595 0.140 0.063
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'31.658 0.203 0.063
6 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'31.794 0.339 0.136
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'31.917 0.462 0.123
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'31.976 0.521 0.059
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.132 0.677 0.156
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'32.206 0.751 0.074
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'32.235 0.780 0.029
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'32.244 0.789 0.009
13 5 Johann ZARCO Honda 1'32.512 1.057 0.268
14 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'32.538 1.083 0.026
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.727 1.272 0.189
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'32.769 1.314 0.042
17 82 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'32.852 1.397 0.083
18 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'32.860 1.405 0.008
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'33.312 1.857 0.452
20 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'33.365 1.910 0.053
21 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'33.446 1.991 0.081
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'34.374 2.919 0.928
23 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'34.563 3.108 0.189
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And what a lap it was for FQ. 1st sector grey (not even a PB), 2nd yellow (PB), 3rd and 4th red. And he wasn't even in the top 3 for the 4th sector, must have been a hell of a 3rd.

I wonder why JL99 had a fat rain slider on his left knee for this session (but not the right). Specifics of the banking in one corner/this track???

Just 3,1 seconds behind the fastest man, and only 0,19 seconds slower than his teammate after his first 20 laps on a MotoGP bike. And not the easiest bike of the lot either. That is quite impressive from the 19-yr-old!

@mtiberio - I noticed JL usually rocks those wet weather pucks in the dry.  I always supposed it just gave him an earlier indication of his position in the corner.   curious.  Dave or Zara- any insight?