Vinales Leads Yamaha 1-2 in Mugello Qualifying

Maverick Vinales - Photo Credit: Movistar Yamaha

Maverick Vinales set the stage for another gripping head-to-head battle with Valentino Rossi after beating his team-mate to pole position at Mugello. The championship leader saw off the home favourite by a quarter of a second with Rossi securing second when Danilo Petrucci had a lap cancelled which would have seen him split the Movistar Yamahas.

Cal Crutchlow had set the pace in Friday’s practice sessions but the times tumbled so much that the Briton fell all the way out of the top ten in FP3, forcing him to go through Q1. Despite his best efforts, the LCR Honda rider wouldn’t advance into the pole position shootout with Johann Zarco and Petrucci getting the better of him.

Despite his injury hit build-up, Rossi entered qualifying as the fastest rider ahead of Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo but it was the two Spaniards that took centre stage early in Q1. Lorenzo wasted no time getting out on track, targeting a three-run strategy, while Marquez was intent on picking up a slipstream from the ultra-powerful Ducati. It seemed to work, as he took provisional pole on a 1:47.417.

The picture changed dramatically as the final runs began with Dani Pedrosa taking over at the top, setting a 1:47.221, only to be usurped by Alvaro Bautista who launched his Aspar Ducati onto provisional pole. The Yamahas soon restored order as Vinales broke into the 1:46s, half a second clear of Bautista, while Rossi’s 1:46.814 proved enough for second once Petrucci’s late flyer was deleted for exceeding track limits.

Andrea Dovizioso and Michele Pirro would ultimately lead the Ducati challenge, taking third and fourth respectively, while Pedrosa and Marquez rescued second-row starting spots for Honda after pipping Bautista late on. Lorenzo also edged ahead of the customer Ducati rider to take seventh with Petrucci relegated to ninth after losing his quickest lap.

Tito Rabat, the unlikely star of FP3, will start a career-high of tenth with Zarco lining up eleventh ahead of Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro.


2017 Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley: Qualifying Result

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
125. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:46.575Q2
246. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:46.814Q2
34. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:46.835Q2
451. Michele PirroDucatiDucati Team1:46.878Q2
526. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:46.999Q2
693. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:47.050Q2
799. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:47.152Q2
819. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:47.167Q2
99. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:47.266Q2
1053. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:47.292Q2
115. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:47.319Q2
1241. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:47.475Q2
1335. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:47.220Q1
148. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:47.272Q1
1594. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:47.305Q1
1629. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:47.625Q1
1776. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:47.809Q1
1844. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:47.940Q1
1943. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:47.961Q1
2045. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:47.975Q1
2117. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:48.361Q1
2222. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:48.416Q1
2338. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:48.594Q1
2450. Sylvain GuintoliSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:48.892Q1