2020 Aragon MotoGP Qualifying Result: Back With A Vengeance

Under the cloudless sky of Aragon, Yamaha were preparing for a celebration on Saturday afternoon but the question was which of their riders would get the most praise. Fabio Quartararo made his case first, taking control of the session early in Q2, while Maverick Vinales found a few more tenths on his second outing, but Quartararo had something up his sleeve and robbed his future teammate at the checkered flag. Despite his rather significant incident in FP3 and having to limp his way on and off the bike, the Frenchman secured his tenth pole position in the premier class by four hundredths of a second from Vinales. Cal Crutchlow carried the torch for Honda and got his first front row start of the season after a difficult couple of months.

Despite being particularly fast in the morning session, Franco Morbidelli eventually got demoted to the second row of the grid, together with Jack Miller. The Pramac rider snuck through Q1 to climb onto row two, three tenths off pole and two tenths ahead of the Suzuki of Joan Mir. Takaaki Nakagami made some late progress to open row three, where he will be joined by Danilo Petrucci, the winner of the Ducati kerfuffle in Q1. Aleix Espargaro qualifies ninth but faces a trip to the stewards after a slight collision with brother Pol in the closing stages of Q2. Compatriots Alex Rins, Alex Marquez and Pol Espargaro line up on row four, one second slower that Quartararo’s pole time but it is the rookie’s best qualifying position yet.

Andrea Dovizioso’s challenge ended in Q1, after inadvertently giving a tow to Petrucci, which ultimately proved costly as it helped his teammate progress to Q2 but left the title contender down in 13th on the grid, alongside Brad Binder and Iker Lecuona.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'47.076    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'47.122 0.046 0.046
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'47.305 0.229 0.183
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'47.317 0.241 0.012
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'47.413 0.337 0.096
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'47.679 0.603 0.266
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'47.759 0.683 0.080
8 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'47.924 0.848 0.165
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'47.988 0.912 0.064
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'48.035 0.959 0.047
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'48.189 1.113 0.154
12 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'48.202 1.126 0.013
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'47.605    
Q2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'47.737 0.132 0.132
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'47.752 0.147 0.015
14 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'47.853 0.248 0.101
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'48.005 0.400 0.152
16 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'48.068 0.463 0.063
17 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'48.386 0.781 0.318
18 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'48.431 0.826 0.045
19 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'48.556 0.951 0.125
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'48.558 0.953 0.002
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'49.166 1.561 0.608
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It's great to see Cal going fast after his injuries; between Alex M's new found form, and of course, Nakagami, the Honda's seem pretty consistent recently regardless of conditions. Fingers crossed that the first lap of the race doesn't see carnage due to cold tires. 

I think Undaunted Dovi was looking for a little reciprocation from his 'buddy' Uncooperative Petruxx. The glove and handbag toss was really epic

Yamahas at the top of the timesheets at every session. Ducati kinda the reverse. The Quartararo conservative talk about trying to avoid injury ends up with a trip to the clinica mobile. Hondas go directly to Q2 while all 6 Ducatis have to venture through Q1 (only two spots available). Crutchlow on the front row! Dovizioso loses his shit and has a tantrum when Petrux does not comply with an agreement Dovizioso made with himself in his own mind. Not very woke. Espargaro brothers gang up on Alex Marquez for taking the wide line. Meanwhile, Morbidelli and Mir quietly go about their business in the shadows. And Viñales shows podium, or possibly race winning, pace in FP4.

Still, love Binder's media debriefs. The guy is so clear and is a real threat in the future.

It was years of frustration spewing out of Dovi. Years as a bridesmaid to a transcendent rider. And now with MM out, AD still won't see the trophy. More years than that fighting the Bologna culture. Fate can be cruel... and it doesn't give a shit if you lose your shit. Although, as has been said many times this year, 2020 is completely unpredictable. So who knows. Maybe he should lose it more often?