Vinales underlines P.I. pace with pole in special Sunday morning qualifying

Australian Grand Prix Qualifying

With yesterday‘s FP4 being red flagged and the qualifying sessions delayed until Sunday morning it was quite a busy and unique Sunday schedule that confronted MotoGP teams. 

Maverick Vinales has maintained his stellar form in qualifying at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, quickest in the morning warm-up session before then taking pole for today’s Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019.

The Spaniard, who won here a year ago, took the ninth MotoGP pole position of his career with a time of 1m28.492s.

Maverick Vinales – P1

“I feel good and very positive because on the laps I did I was able to push at my maximum, that‘s very important. Straight away I felt good on hard tyres and soft tyres, so we will try to keep this momentum: start well, get into first place, and push from the beginning. I will try my best as always. The Yamaha is working very good on the track, we need to be careful with the tyres, but anyway, I‘m very happy and feeling very positive.”

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Maverick Vinales

Vinales led a 1-2 for Yamaha, with Fabio Quartararo taking second on his Petronas SRT machine. The Frenchman had to do it the hard way, by coming through the first qualifying session, after losing track time in the practice sessions because of a crash on Friday. Quartararo was half-a-second behind the pole-sitter but that was still good enough for P2 on the grid. 

Valentino Rossi underlined the supreme balance of the Yamaha around Phillip Island by securing P4 on the grid in what will mark the 400th Grand Prix start for the veteran. 

Valentino Rossi – P4

“It was a good qualifying session. I’m happy with the second row and I was very close to the front row. I feel good on the bike and we have improved the set-up. Now we have to start thinking about the race. The weather is uncertain, and the choice of the tyres will be crucial. I hope for a completely dry or wet race.”

MotoGP Phillip Island QP Rossi
Valentino Rossi

World champion Marc Marquez is positioned in third with a time of 1:29.216 seconds on his Repsol Honda after pulling off another miraculous front end save this morning. 

MotoGP Phillip Island QP Trio Vinales Quartararo Marquez
The front row for this afternoon’s race

Danilo Petrucci was the fastest of the Ducati riders in fifth ahead of LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, the 2016 race winner here at Phillip Island. 

Aprilia had a great session with seventh and eighth for Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Iannone, respectively. Underlining that despite its fast nature Phillip Island is not a horsepower circuit. 

Jack Miller will start from ninth with a different look for race day. The Townsville rider is carrying a one-off change of livery on his Pramac Ducati GP20, and will be looking for a strong start to run with the leaders early in the race.

The 23-lap Australian Grand Prix is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm AEDT.

Australian Grand Prix Qualifying Results 2019

Pos Rider Motorcycle Q Gap
1 Maverick VIÑALES YAMAHA Q2 1m28.492
3 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA Q2 +0.724
4 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA Q2 +0.751
5 Danilo PETRUCCI DUCATI Q2 +0.847
8 Andrea IANNONE APRILIA Q2 +1.089
9 Jack MILLER DUCATI Q2 +1.123
10 Andrea DOVIZIOSO DUCATI Q2 +1.175
11 Franco MORBIDELLI YAMAHA Q2 +1.224
12 Alex RINS SUZUKI Q2 +1.455
13 Joan MIR SUZUKI Q1 (*) +0.763
14 Johann ZARCO HONDA Q1 (*) +1.059
15 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI Q1 (*) +1.126 
16 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI Q1 (*) +1.216 
17 Pol ESPARGARO KTM Q1 (*) +1.231
18 Mika KALLIO KTM Q1 (*) +1.546 
19 Jorge LORENZO HONDA Q1 (*)+ 2.230 
20 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM Q1 (*)+ 2.336
21 Tito RABAT DUCATI Q1 (*)+ 2.992


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