2020 Misano MotoGP Qualifying Result: A Serious Case Of Cyanopsia

Looking at the timesheets from practice, it was a pretty safe bet that a Yamaha branded machine was going to sit comfortably in pole position, but the question was which of the four speedy men would grab the headlines and the Tissot watch. 15 minutes later, Yamaha was celebrating an all time lap record around Misano from an ecstatic Maverick Vinales. The Spaniard grabbed pole position with a clear advantage and led an all-Yamaha top four, with Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo joining him on the front row of the grid.

Valentino Rossi followed up on a fine FP3 performance with fourth on the grid, while Jack Miller was best of the rest, placing his Ducati in the middle of the second row. Teammate Pecco Bagnaia continues his impressive comeback with sixth grid position, six tenths off pole. The Suzukis of Alex Rins and Joan Mir open row three ahead of a subdued but slowly improving Andrea Dovizioso. Johann Zarco rounded out the top ten positions, while Pol Espargaro could not do any better than 11th, after going through Q1 and having a costly crash early in Q2. Miguel Oliveira followed his KTM teammate through Q1 and will keep him company on the fourth row of the grid, from 12th position.

Two main players not featured in Q2 were Aprilia and Honda, with Aleix Espargaro and Takaaki Nakagami missing out on the fight for pole after being dropped in Q1 and getting stuck on the fifth row of the grid, together with Danilo Petrucci’s Ducati.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'31.411    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.723 0.312 0.312
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.791 0.380 0.068
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.877 0.466 0.086
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.052 0.641 0.175
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'32.054 0.643 0.002
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.090 0.679 0.036
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.102 0.691 0.012
9 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'32.184 0.773 0.082
10 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'32.218 0.807 0.034
11 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'32.266 0.855 0.048
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.323 0.912 0.057
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'32.064    
Q2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.212 0.148 0.148
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.295 0.231 0.083
14 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.382 0.318 0.087
15 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'32.418 0.354 0.036
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'32.534 0.470 0.116
17 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'32.791 0.727 0.257
18 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'32.838 0.774 0.047
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'32.915 0.851 0.077
20 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'33.166 1.102 0.251
21 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.333 1.269 0.167
  35 Cal Crutchlow Honda      
Round Number: 
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2020
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Learnt a new word today.

Watching F1 at Mugello, because it's Mugello, corners are not corners with all that downforce.

I was wrong about both Yamaha and KTM. Over a fast lap anyway. Let's see if battling and race distance shifts it a bit. Duc and KTM may find some set up change? Riders are really struggling with the bumps. They are in some horrible spots and look very big. Pol Espargaro put them on display. 

Bagnaia is back! And at speed. Happy about that. End of silly season guesses? Iannone is toast, Dovi to Aprilia or a surprise Test job, maybe Honda. We know Ducati's lineup aside from which guy is Red or White, not so concerned about that. Pleased with their roster finally. 

Mir may surprise tomorrow. 

Cheers!

And yet next week it might look nothing like this. What a weird, fascinating season. Up until this year I've taken, with a pinch of salt, the narrative that Marquez was vastly flattering the Honda and, for that matter, that KTM and Suzuki had 'arrived'. Clearly I've been wrong on the first point but I'll continue to reserve judgement on the latter two. Mind you, this is only qualifying.

I wonder if Honda regret shunting Dani into retirement. And equally, I wonder if Dani blesses the day they did so.

Quartararo has the best race pace of the Yamaha riders. Dovizioso has the best race pace of the Ducati riders. KTM's testing gave them a head start on the weekend, but that advantage has only lasted through Friday evening. Yamaha's heads decision to not test with Lorenzo at Misano has paid off. Dovizioso's race pace is almost similar to Rossi's, but looks to be harder to maintain. Morbidelli's race pace looks more similar to Viñales'. Throw in two races on Dunlop rubber before the motogp event and predictions go out the window. Those with experience that can interpret unexpected conditions may have an advantage. Hope for Viñales' sake he can fight it out with Quartararo tomorrow. Better to see Viñales smiling than distraught. Morbidelli may be the dark horse. Or Rins - they have similar pace. Let the controlled chaos begin...

Yes, FQ pace is fearsome. I think both Suzuki's will be up there but suspect FQ will try and break away. 

Maybe the I4s provide more stability over the bumps at speed while leaned over versus the V4s. Race pace of FP4 may indicate this. Plus the comments from the riders.