2021 Misano MotoGP Qualifying Result: Copy-Paste Contest

Although the sun was still shining through ahead of Q2, there were some dark clouds and a bit of a breeze sweeping in throughout the session. That would explain why the all-time lap record looked at risk quite early in the session and in the end, not even the record could cope with Pecco Bagnaia, the Aragon GP victor picking up pole position to go with it, in the final couple of minutes. Jack Miller made some late progress to join his teammate on the front row, while Fabio Quartararo tried to fight back for pole but a late tumble put stop to that and allowed a copy of last week’s front row.

Jorge Martin and teammate Johann Zarco climbing into the top 5 will make for a very Ducati-heavy first two rows, with Pol Espargaro a late intruder in 6th place. Some solid teamwork from Stefan Bradl helped Marc Marquez escape Q1 and the Spaniard managed up climb as high as 4th, but his attempt to follow Bagnaia’s tail on a hot lap cost him a crash at turn 9 and a demotion to 7th on the grid. The Honda man opens row three ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who also crashed while chasing Bagnaia, soon after his compatriot.

Despite some of their rivals’ gravel trip adventures, the Suzukis could not take advantage, both struggling in Q2. Alex Rins closed the third row of the grid, while a particularly unhappy Joan Mir was only 11th, starting in the middle of the fourth row, in between an impressive Maverick Vinales on only his second weekend on the Aprilia and a fast Enea Bastianini, the Italian strongest in Q1 and hindered by track limits and hairy moments in Q2. Takaaki Nakagami’s late Q1 tumble left him 13th on the grid, with Brad Binder as the lead KTM in 17th position, following his own crash while chasing the Hondas.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.065    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.314 0.249 0.249
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.367 0.302 0.053
4 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'31.663 0.598 0.296
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.836 0.771 0.173
6 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'31.923 0.858 0.087
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'31.935 0.870 0.012
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.937 0.872 0.002
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.017 0.952 0.080
10 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'32.121 1.056 0.104
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.426 1.361 0.305
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'32.461 1.396 0.035
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'31.876    
Q2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'32.029 0.153 0.153
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.210 0.334 0.181
14 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'32.287 0.411 0.077
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'32.289 0.413 0.002
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.296 0.420 0.007
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'32.427 0.551 0.131
18 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'32.439 0.563 0.012
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'32.476 0.600 0.037
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'32.481 0.605 0.005
21 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.821 0.945 0.340
22 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'32.891 1.015 0.070
23 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.967 1.091 0.076
24 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'33.098 1.222 0.131
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He's ridden the same his entire motoGP career and has injured no more riders than anyone else on the grid.  Maybe less so because of all the years he was riding off the front.  Sure he gets a little over ambitious with some moves, but don't they all?  Last weeks duel with Pecco was squeaky clean and thrilling.  Ambition outweighing talent?  Are we talking about the same guy?

He's struggling with his shoulder. Other than that he's the same eight times world champion. Judging by his other recent races...oh, bar one...he'll have a good race and make some of the other riders look ordinary as usual. He might crash again, Rossi and several others did.

In June 2010 did anyone seriously think that we'd just seen the end of the Rossi era? Marquez is still healing, Honda are still building a less homicidal bike, but July 2020 might have been the end of the Marquez era all the same. No matter how well the bones heal and how much time he spends in the gym, that nerve damage is forever.

There is no radial nerve damage. He was fully cleared post op.

"His ambition is certaintly outweighing his talent."  That still smarts doesn't it  :-)  I remember it blowing Flopsi's mind at the time! 

MM gives his all every time. What a wonderful race we had last weekend! An absolute warrior on a clearly inferior bike.

The Honda is a pig which he somehow manages to make reasonably competitive. The only way to accumulate the data that they need is to see where it lets go. Honda have repeatedly apologised for their end, so its not just Marc. Just look where Marc was last week and where the other Hondas were. The engine freeze has contributed heavily to where HRC are right now and every man and his dog knows it.

And seriously, if anyone is having a whinge about riders following other bikes in FP and QP then just turn off the TV and choose another sport to watch. These guys are here to race. They spend all sunday sitting on one anothers arse and dropping the front end. The lower classes do it en masse. This is why they line up.

Having a reference or gathering data on the other bikes by tailing them is as old as the sport itself. Grow a pair and get over it.