Misano MotoGP Qualifying Results: Vinales sets record and airbag off

Maverick Vinales smashes the Misano lap record for San Marino MotoGP pole leading a historic 1-2-3-4 from Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo

Maverick Vinales - Yamaha

Maverick Vinales will start the 2020 San Marino MotoGP at Misano from pole position as his record-breaking lap headed up a historic 1-2-3-4 result for a dominant Yamaha team in qualifying.

The Spaniard left it late to make his play for the top spot, a brilliant 1m 31.411secs not only putting three tenths between himself and provisional leader Franco Morbidelli, but allowing him to smash Jorge Lorenzo’s now erstwhile lap record.

A repeat of his pole position from 2019, it is also Vinales’ second pole position of the season as he eyes a first win of the year to give his beleaguered title hopes a timely boost.

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Perhaps more significantly though Vinales headed up a Yamaha 1-2-3-4, the first time in the team’s long history of grand prix racing it has achieved such a feat. 

Moreover, it did so comfortably with Vinales, fellow front row starters Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo, plus fourth place man Valentino Rossi the only riders to break into the 1m 31secs bracket.

Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia head up the ‘best of the rest’ from fifth and sixth, the latter doing so particularly impressively given he still needs crutches to move around off the bike.

Alex Rins and Joan Mir head row three together with title contender Andrea Dovizioso, while Johann Zarco sneaked another top ten start from Q1-qualifiers Pol Espargaro - who suffered his second big crash of the day - and Miguel Oliveira.

Missing out on Q2, Aleix Espargaro was the best Aprilia in 13th, just ahead of Takaaki Nakagami, who could only manage 14th on a day to forget for HRC, who would see its factory riders Stefan Bradl and Alex Marquez yet again rooted to the bottom of the timesheets in 19th and 21st respectively.

2020 San Marino MotoGP, Misano - Qualifying Results

2020 San Marino MotoGP Misano - Qualifying Results
1Maverick VinalesESPYamaha Factory Racing1m 31.411
2Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas SRT Yamaha1m 31.723
3Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas SRT Yamaha1m 31.791
4Valentino RossiITAYamaha Factory Racing1m 31.877
5Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati1m 32.052
6Pecco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati1m 32.054
7Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 32.090
8Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 32.102
9Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team1m 32.184
10Johann ZarcoFRAAvintia Ducati1m 32.218
11Pol EspargaroESPRed Bull KTM Factory1m 32.266
12Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech 31m 32.323
13Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Gresini1m 32.295
14Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda1m 32.381
15Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team1m 32.418
16Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory1m 32.534
17Iker LecuonaESPRed Bull KTM Tech 31m 32.791
18Tito RabatESPAvintia Ducati1m 32.838
19Stefan BradlESPRepsol Honda Team1m 32.915
20Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Racing Gresini1m 33.166
21Alex MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team1m 33.333
 Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR HondaWithdrawn