We take a look at the winners and losers after what was an intriguing day at a very hot Aragon circuit.
Ducati is definitely huge winners after Qualifying, locking out the first two positions with Jorge Lorenzo taking his third pole in a row as he looks to take his first win at Aragon since 2014. Ducati has not yet won around the Alcañiz circuit since Casey Stoner in 2010, and Andrea Dovizioso has never won around the 3.3mile circuit, can Lorenzo or Dovizioso take Ducati’s first win in Aragon since 2010?
Despite being on the front row, Marc Marquez could be seen as a bit of a loser after Q2, being beaten by both his main rivals around his home circuit and a track Ducati have struggled at. Despite his 67 point lead, Marc Marquez will be hoping to extend the lead of the championship on Sunday.
Cal Crutchlow starts from 4th position, a big win for the Briton and Lucio Cecchinello’s Honda team. Crutchlow could have pinched the front row start of the local boy but a crash at the end of Q2 saw no further improvement from the 32-year-old.
Another strong performance saw Bautista inside Q2, setting a time of a 1’47.678 as the Spaniard lines up between Petrucci and Rins on the third row.
Once again the attention is on Yamaha who lost out massively at FP3. Tech 3’s Johann Zarco and Hafizh Syahrin joined Valentino Rossi who ended Saturday mornings session down in 18th place after a late tumble but a stop to any improvements the Italian had under his belt. Meanwhile, on the other side of the garage, things didn’t fare too much better after Maverick Vinales ended 11th putting both Yamahas in Q1. But it didn’t end there for the Japanese manufacturer after Valentino Rossi failed to get anywhere near the top 2 slots in Q1, meaning the 9x World Champion ended the session in 18th but will start 17th on the grid tomorrow after grid penalties.
Maverick Vinales managed to make it through into Q2 after setting the fastest time in Q1 but once again couldn’t get any higher than 11th once the flag dropped at the end of the 15 minute session.
In what is an already tricky situation for Yamaha, as face their longest ever losing streak in tomorrow’s race, Maverick Vinales has been slapped with a 3x grid penalty for impeding Bradley Smith, the only KTM rider on the gird after Pol Espargaro re-broke his Collarbone in an FP3 crash.
2017 Moto2 winner Franco Morbidelli has been also slapped with a grid penalty which means he will start 19th, 6 places behind where he originally qualified.
Looking further down the field Scott Redding starts 21st on the grid after what is a horrid season for the Italian manufacturer.
Jordi Torres impressed after his first Qualifying session onboard a MotoGP bike, ending the session only 0.6s behind his slightly more experienced teammate.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, If Marc Marquez wins in Aragon & Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso does not finish 2nd, then Marquez will go to Thailand with a chance of winning the title.
Can anyone stop Marc Marquez around what is his territory? Find out tomorrow here at NowMoto.