Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Results: Quartararo beats Marquez to pole

Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Result & Grid Positions - Fabio Quartararo notches up the sixth MotoGP pole his rookie season in Spain

Fabio Quartararo - Petronas SRT Yamaha

Fabio Quartararo will start the final round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship from the sixth pole position of his rookie campaign as he edged out Marc Marquez and Jack Miller in Valencia.

Coming into the last race weekend of the season bidding to end his stunning rookie season with an elusive maiden MotoGP win, Quartararo prevailed in a tightly contested session with the only lap into the 1m 29s.

Even so, only two tenths covered the top four blanketing Quartararo, Marc Marquez, Jack Miller and Maverick Vinales, the quartet having been the quickest throughout the weekend and no doubt in close contention for victory come Sunday.

Franco Morbidelli gets away from fifth position, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who will hope the combined might of himself and Danilo Petrucci – starting tenth – can score enough points for Ducati Corse to snatch it the teams’ title from Repsol Honda. For now, Ducati leads Repsol Honda by two points.

Joan Mir and Alex Rins double up for Suzuki on row three, the pair joined by Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda, with Pol Espargaro – who progressed through Q1 – starting 11th and a down on pace Valentino Rossi left floundering in 12th.

Johann Zarco just missed out on Q2 spot to leave him in 13th place from top Aprilia Aleix Espargaro and the retiring Jorge Lorenzo, who notched up one of his better starting positions of the year in 15th.

Elsewhere, Iker Lecuona was a noteworthy 19th out of the 22 taking part in his first-ever MotoGP qualifying session, while Pecco Bagnaia looks set to miss the final round after injuring his wrist in a bizarre FP3 tumble.

2019 Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Results & Grid Positions

Valencia MotoGP - Qualifying Results
1Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha YZR-M11m 29.978
2Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda RC213V1m 30.010
3Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati GP191m 30.086
4Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha YZR-M11m 30.178
5Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha YZR-M11m 30.449
6Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team GP191m 30.511
7Joan MirESPSuzuki Ecstar GSX-RR1m 30.573
8Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar GSX-RR1m 30.595
9Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda RC213V1m 30.726
10Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team GP191m 30.771
11Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory RC161m 30.908
12Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha YZR-M11m 30.954
13Johann ZarcoFRALCR IDEMITSU Honda RC213V1m 30.826
14Michele PirroITADucati Team GP191m 30.949
15Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini RS-GP1m 30.972
16Jorge LorenzoESPRepsol Honda RC213V1m 31.295
17Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory RC161m 31.383
18Tito RabatESPReale Avintia Ducati GP181m 31.507
19Iker LecuonaESPRed Bull KTM Tech3 RC161m 31.658
20Andrea IannoneITAFactory Aprilia Gresini RS-GP1m 31.714
21Karel AbrahamCZEReale Avintia Ducati GP181m 31.815
22Hafizh SyahrinMALRed Bull KTM Tech3 RC161m 31.839
23Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati GP18No Time