2017 Aragon MotoGP Qualifying Result: Reversal Of Fortunes

Nearly perfect conditions waited for the qualifying show to start, the track slowly hotting up and bikes gleaming into the sun. And shiniest of them all was the Yamaha of Maverick Viñales, the Spaniard snatching pole position after an eventful session in which the Hondas faded as the Yamahas gained ground. Viñales looked quick from the word go and will start his world title bid in prime position.

After blasting through Q1, Jorge Lorenzo was the lead Ducati, the Spaniard getting within a tenth of a second of pole, stuck between his former bike and his former teammate in the middle of the front row. Valentino Rossi proved that some extra bits of metal did his speed no harm and put his Yamaha on the front row at a circuit he aims to cross off his ‘to do’ list. Remarkably, the Italian finished less than two tenths behind his teammate.

The second row was an all-Honda affair, the LCR ride of Cal Crutchlow showing the way for the factory boys. Marc Marquez needed only two laps to drop into the 1:47s but his second run was less successful, the world champion sliding out in turn twelve while running a very hot pace. The Spaniard will have his teammate to his left for tomorrow's start, Dani Pedrosa unable to drop his pace under the 1:48 mark.

The one small consolation for the world championship leader was that the man he’s tied on points with will start behind him, Andrea Dovizioso only seventh, half a second slower than Viñales. The Ducati will share third row of the grid with the Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro, who was narrowly ahead of Alvaro Bautista, the Spaniard crashing out for a second time this afternoon.

Andrea Iannone placed a Suzuki on the fourth row, ahead of the other Q1 survivor, Johann Zarco, who is yet to look comfortable on the Spanish track. After a great display in practice, Mika Kallio was unfortunate to crash before improving his time and will start only twelfth.

Even more unfortunate could be considered the likes Jack Miller, who missed out on a shot at Q2 by nine thousandths of a second and Danilo Petrucci, the Italian having to make quite a comeback from sixteenth grid position if he is to replicate his previous race result.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'47.635    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'47.735 0.100 0.100
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'47.815 0.180 0.080
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'47.830 0.195 0.015
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'47.963 0.328 0.133
6 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.107 0.472 0.144
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'48.137 0.502 0.030
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'48.159 0.524 0.022
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'48.187 0.552 0.028
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'48.289 0.654 0.102
11 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'48.402 0.767 0.113
12 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'48.471 0.836 0.069
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'48.179    
Q2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'48.298 0.119 0.119
13 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'48.307 0.128 0.009
14 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'48.387 0.208 0.080
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'48.467 0.288 0.080
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'48.908 0.729 0.441
17 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'48.911 0.732 0.003
18 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'49.034 0.855 0.123
19 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'49.052 0.873 0.018
20 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'49.233 1.054 0.181
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'49.258 1.079 0.025
22 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'49.288 1.109 0.030
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'49.578 1.399 0.290
24 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'50.769 2.590 1.191


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Brilliant qualifying run by the front row guys. With all the Honda dominance in previous sessions, who woulda thought this would be the result. Great run by Vinales, Lorenzo, and more impressively, Rossi. Although I wouldn't bet on a Yamaha tomorrow, hopefully I'm gonna be proven wrong.

In the meantime, looks like Bradders' fate is sealed, and Pol is also beaten by Mika... but there's still the race.

And some people were saying VR should not try to come back and salvage something hoping to keep his championship run alive. 

Valentino Rossi riding around on a broken leg on the front row. I think VR46 made the right decision!

Jorge Lorenzo misses Q2 then makes it through Q1 to qualify in the middle of the front row!

Congrats Cal Crutchlow, quicker than both factory Hondas, if only by a gnat's whisker

Mika Kallio not the fastest KTM. But Kallio is ahead of Pol on the grid. What will happen to Bradley Smith?

Aleix Espargaro two point six seconds a lap faster than his team mate Sam Lowes! dear o dear Sam is a long way off the pace.