2020 Andalucia MotoGP Qualifying Result: The Winds Of Change

The action in qualifying promised to be as hot as the heat touching the asphalt in Jerez but with the world champion out of commission, having a Yamaha branded machine on pole position seemed like a safe bet. The bet paid off for Fabio Quartararo, who grabs back to back pole positions in the first races of this odd season. Maverick Vinales put up quite the fight but an off track excursion on his final lap cancelled his session topping time and demoted him back to second. Pecco Bagnaia secured his first front row start in the premier class and did it by only trailing the poleman by a tenth and a half.

Valentino Rossi found the missing piece in the qualifying jigsaw and climbed on the second row of the grid, ahead of an amazing performance from the lead KTM and Q1 graduate, Miguel Oliveira. Franco Morbidelli completes the second row after also passing through Q1, while Jack Miller opens row three. Takaaki Nakagami was on course to spark a surprise but went in too hot at the final corner and a gravel trap trek later, he qualified eighth – still a solid performance for the lead Honda machine. Other than fantastic slow motion shots, Brad Binder also delivered a third row start for Red Bull KTM.

Joan Mir is holding down the fort for Suzuki from tenth place, ahead of a resurgent Danilo Petrucci and a disappointing result for Pol Espargaro. The Spaniard had a nightmare Q2 session after showing great pace in practice and he crashed out with two minutes left of the session, dropping down to 12th position.

Although he missed out on Q2, an ailing Cal Crutchlow had a fantastic showing in Q1, best of the rest in 13th grid position and ahead of a seriously struggling Andrea Dovizioso, the former teammates sharing fifth row. Meanwhile, Marc Marquez never made it beyond his out lap in Q1, heading straight back in and sensibly deciding to cut his weekend short to recover some more ahead of Brno.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'37.007    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'37.102 0.095 0.095
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'37.176 0.169 0.074
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'37.342 0.335 0.166
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'37.344 0.337 0.002
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'37.412 0.405 0.068
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'37.423 0.416 0.011
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'37.464 0.457 0.041
9 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'37.596 0.589 0.132
10 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'37.600 0.593 0.004
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'37.906 0.899 0.306
12 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.277 3.270 2.371
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'37.355    
Q2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'37.512 0.157 0.157
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'37.644 0.289 0.132
14 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'37.656 0.301 0.012
15 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'37.761 0.406 0.105
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'37.885 0.530 0.124
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'38.206 0.851 0.321
18 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'38.211 0.856 0.005
19 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'38.310 0.955 0.099
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'38.601 1.246 0.291
21 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'38.648 1.293 0.047
  93 Marc Marquez Honda      
Round Number: 
3
2020
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Comments

Can we get some details on A.Marquez's crash and status? The video I find so far doesn't show the crash itself (guessing lost the front on the brakes?). Fast wreck, sizable tumble. May have gotten under the bike? Able to walk but...wait for it...holding his right arm.

Vinales looks formidable. Betcha he has a great race tomorrow on a better front tire choice. Binder, pretty ala Stoner, and exuding confident focus. The Orange One has arrived. Bagnaia! While greater conclusions are best held off until track #2 this form may finally be that delayed fuse spark up. You couldn't have waited TOO much longer. Next round showcases the Duc's strengths. Jerez showcases how far it has come with its weakness. The answer? Far. The future for Red looks great from here finally. The Martin grab on top of both Miller and Bagnaia joining Dovisioso in doing the business.

So what were folks just saying about Rossi again? Retire. He is getting squeezed out of MotoGP from a masked grassy knoll spotter? He quit last race and fabricated the bike issue? His riding style cannot accomodate the new Michelin? Blerghety blahbur huh? Set up and bike balance for a new bike, new tire, and condition challenges. It came via their usual analysis and hard work, and he was instantly near the front. Then he went to work only with shagged out tires to study race set up. My wager that he will beat Morbidelli for season points looks fine. The old Doctor is still in.
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It certainly looked like he lost the front. As you said, very fast. And, it looked like he was caught under the bike for a moment or two. Only caught the quick glimpse that motogp website showed whike broadcasting Q1. 
what a shame and a disaster for Dovi; this is when it counts. Hoping he gets a good start and doesn't burn his tires or over-react tomorrow. Hoping he finds himself upfront with some points come race end.

Binder has looked great through the early sessions - right at home on the bike.  
 

 

Well done Fabio! That is three poles in a row at Jerez circuito Angel Nieto. Fastest Yamaha consistently; congrats SRT!

Miguel Oliveira fastest KTM for Tech 3 beats Brad Binder on the factory bike. Well done Herve & all the team.

Pecco Bagnaia fastest Ducati for Pramac & Jack Miller also qualified better than both factory GP20s.

Takaaki Nakagami quickest Honda. Kudos to Luccio Cecchinello & the entire LCR team. Pat on the back for Cal Crutchlow but not a handshake.

Maybe Suzuki & Aprilia need satellite teams as well?

RIGHT?!

What a cool era. We get ONE wknd off, then the fantastic interest of a very different track. Unfortunately the Yamaha top end power deficit will rear its ugly head. Cue three Ducatis for the win. Pecco's latency was so long I reached doubt and then some. The bike has been coming his way for sure. Underappreciated machine I think.

I bet we don't have a run away champ this year. It will swing around thrice.

If Yamaha had the motor it would be another story. Perhaps best it doesn't, makes it spicy.

If Nakagami crashes out Sunday "carrying the torch for my organization" I won't be surprised. It isn't a strong yes in the tea leaves, but it is there.

Lots of walking wounded. And temps are hotting up another notch.

I have Maverick giving a run for 25 points this time, and a Duc bothering them. Super curious what Mir can do while SupeRins is hurt. Bet Binder beats Pol, and that they stay up yonder. Rossi is up there too.

Aside from stragglers, we should have tight pace for most the bikes. Anyone see a surprise they expect?