Maverick Vinales has taken pole in Mugello, but all eyes are falling to his team mate Valentino Rossi. Rossi hasn’t won at his home track since 2008, and is out this weekend to change that. He is still suffering with chest pain after he spent the night in hospital as a result of a Motocross accident. But the Italian was determined to race in front of his home crowd, whether in pain or not.
Of course, we had to go through Q1 first, where we saw Johann Zarco and Danilo Petrucci advance through to Q2. Zarco left it late to leave the pits, but managed to put in numerous fast laps to see him through. His late exit from pit lane seemed tactical and it worked, as he had saved himself an extra tyre for Q2.
Into Q2, and the fast laps were rolling in. Looking undoubtedly strong was Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci, who put in several fastest laps and sat in provisional pole for quite some time. But as we all know, the closing minutes are the ones that really count. As fast lap after fast lap flew in, Maverick Vinales was the one who bested the rest of the field. Team mate Rossi was clearly unfazed by his FP4 crash, and stuck it in 2nd, putting him on the front row for his home race. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso will round out the front row, starting from 3rd from tomorrow’s race.
In Moto2, Franco Morbidelli pipped Alex Marquez to pole in the closing seconds of the session. Marquez was sitting pretty in provisional pole throughout the majority of the session, and team mate Morbidelli left it until late to pull something out the bag. Mattia Pasini for the Italtrans Racing Team rounds out the front row, behind the two Marc VDS machines.
Moto3 were the first to take to the track for qualifying, and as usual everyone was hanging around to wait for a tow. Once the action finally got underway, Jorge Martin took pole ahead of John McPhee and Joan Mir. However, several grid place penalties were handed out for cruising in FP3, one of which was Martin. He was demoted to 13th on the grid, which brought McPhee up into pole ahead of tomorrow’s race.
Moto3 will be off the line at 9:30am tomorrow morning on BT Sport.
MotoGP qualifying top 5:
- Maverick Vinales, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 1:46.575
- Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP + 0.239
- Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team + 0.260
- Michele Pirro, Ducati Team + 0.303
- Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team + 0.424
Moto2 qualifying top 5:
- Franco Morbidelli, E G 0,0 Marc VDS – 1:51.679
- Alex Marquez, E G 0,0 Marc VDS + 0.036
- Mattia Pasini, Italtrans Racing Team + 0.079
- Thomas Luthi, CarXpert Interwetten + 0.366
- Takaaki Nakagami, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia + 0.494
Moto3 qualifying top 5:
- John McPhee, British Talent Team + 0.148
- Joan Mir, Leopard Racing + 0.194
- Fabio Di Giannantonio, Del Conca Gresini Moto3 + 0.419
- Nicolo Bulega, Sky Racing Team VR46 + 0.592
- Juanfran Guevara, RBA BOE Racing Team + 0.736