2020 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Result: Sparks Flying In The Heat

With the business end of the weekend quickly approaching, the margins got even smaller between the main contenders for qualifying. Fabio Quartararo and Marc Marquez seemed to have the most fun throughout practice, the Frenchman setting a new lap record in FP3 and the Spaniard showing a fierce pace in FP4 and they continued the socially distanced exchange in Q2. Quartararo was in provisional pole after the first run and Marquez took over on the second run, with Maverick Vinales throwing a spanner in the works for the final couple of minutes, but in the end it was the Petronas rider who repeated history by taking pole position in Jerez with a new lap record in his pocket.

With Vinales and Marquez completing a front row of favourites for the race, Pecco Bagnaia surprised his rivals by taking fourth on the grid, ahead of Jack Miller, whose red hot pole-chasing lap ended in a late crash at turn 11. Cal Crutchlow closes row two, while Pol Espargaro successfully escaped Q1 and put a KTM on the third row of the grid. Andrea Dovizioso got eighth spot and slid out at turn two while trying to improve that. Alex Rins followed his example at turn 11 and his qualifying position on the third row looks in doubt as the Spaniard was gingerly holding his arm while stepping into the ambulance.

Franco Morbidelli and compatriot Valentino Rossi open row five ahead of Joan Mir, whose practice heroics did not translate into qualifying. Rookie Brad Binder missed out on Q2 by a tenth of a second but starts Sunday’s race from a dignified 13th position.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'36.705    
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'36.844 0.139 0.139
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'36.862 0.157 0.018
4 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'36.955 0.250 0.093
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'37.453 0.748 0.498
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'37.454 0.749 0.001
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'37.493 0.788 0.039
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'37.535 0.830 0.042
9 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'37.636 0.931 0.101
10 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'37.674 0.969 0.038
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'37.741 1.036 0.067
12 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'37.784 1.079 0.043
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'37.063    
Q2 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'37.258 0.195 0.195
13 33 Brad BINDER KTM 1'37.396 0.333 0.138
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'37.423 0.360 0.027
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'37.434 0.371 0.011
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'37.940 0.877 0.506
17 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'37.964 0.901 0.024
18 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'37.966 0.903 0.002
19 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'38.029 0.966 0.063
20 5 Johann ZARCO Ducati 1'38.106 1.043 0.077
21 73 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1'38.256 1.193 0.150
22 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'38.512 1.449 0.256
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Interesting! Worth watching.

Sadness for Rins. Ahhhfook.

FabQ continuing to look SO good. Maverick's demeanor off the bike is a complete turn around from a yr ago. It is real and sustaining after his pivot with the bike coming back from doldrums. A few folks deserve praise for Q as you can see. Pramac pulled a Petronas. Many things are...odd re the pace and conditions. Some strange errant things can be seen throughout Q. The pressured last push to close Q2 brought something that may portend drama for the race.

The Honda isn't just sketchy approaching apex. That rear is sending very unwanted nudges back into the chassis. The Yamaha gets Ohlins, Honda gets Noleans. Wow, look at A.Marquez's Q.

Yamaha win anyone? I am in.

Fabulous Fabio takes pole at Jerez again! Quartararo grabbed his first pole position here in Andalusia last year.

I'm hoping F.Q.20 gets all the way to the finish this year. That quickshifter & gearchange will be 100% tested, for sure!

Yes Motoshrink Yamaha could do it. Pramac Ducati should be well up the front to.

Great to see Pecco & Jacko doing the business better than the factory mob! Better team dynamics perhaps? Of corse Petrux is banged up from his bingle. No doubt Dovizioso will be quick in the race. V.R.46 should do better in the race as well, we'll see.

Finally! Well done Fabs and Frannie, great to see Jackass up there too.


Also great to see Zara back on the job : )