Italian MotoGP Qualifying | Wily Quartararo upsets Ducati force for Mugello pole

Fabio Quartararo makes it four MotoGP pole positions in a row as he upsets the Ducati stronghold in qualifying for the Italian MotoGP at Mugello

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Fabio Quartararo will start the 2021 Italian MotoGP at Mugello from pole position after relying on his own raw pace aboard the Yamaha to deny the Ducati trio and a spirited challenge from Aprilia and KTM too.

Always regarded as a favourite for pole position given his multiplying record of pole positions, pole in Mugello is his fourth in a row and the 14th of a MotoGP career that is barely two seasons.

Quartararo’s performance is made all the more impressive by the fact he did it on his own after Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales failed to make it into Q2, while the Petronas SRT bike of Franco Morbidelli doesn’t have the straight line pace to make it worthwhile.

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Nonetheless, the determined effort by Ducati that had all three crossing the timing line in quick succession fell just short with pre-session favourite Pecco Bagnaia slotting into second, with the Pramac Ducati of rounding out the front row in third.

Their late advance denied what would have been a surprise front row start for Aprilia and Aleix Espargaro, the Italian benefiting from taking part in Q1 and a very tactical tow early on to sit second for much of the session, before slipping to what remains one of its best-ever showings in fourth.

Winner of the last two grands prix, Jack Miller gets underway from fifth, pushing down the impressive KTM pair of Brad Binder and Miguiel Oliveira, the duo making the most of what appears to be an effective KTM upgrade this weekend.

Alex Rins led Suzuki team-mate Joan Mir in eighth and ninth respectively, with Morbidelli overcoming his speed deficit to secure tenth on the grid. Marc Marquez made it into Q2 via Q1 and woul dget the better of his Repsol Honda team-mate, albeit only in 11th and 12th.

With Espargaro and Marquez making it into Q2 from Q1, the remainder of the grid is highlighted by Vinales failing to make the cut and being left to battle back from 13th on the grid, while Valentino Rossi starts what could be his last Italian MotoGP from only 19th on the grid.

2021 Italian MotoGP | Mugello | Qualifying RESULTS

2021 Italian MotoGP Qualifying Results | Mugello | Round 6 / 19
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 45.187
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 45.417
3Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP211m 45.538
4Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 45.598
5Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 45.743
6Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 45.745
7Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 45.996
8Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 45.754
9Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 46.076
10Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 46.084
11Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 46.393
12Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 45.828
13Maverick VinalesESPMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 46.045
14Enea BastianiniITAAvintia EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 46.129
15Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V1m 46.195
16Michele PirroESPPramac RacingDucati GP211m 46.302
17Luca MariniITASky VR46 EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 46.481
18Danilo PetrucciITATech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 46.548
19Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 46.770
20Iker LecuonaESPTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 47.084
21Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 47.146
22Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 47.216