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2020 MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix session timings and preview
MotoGP stays in place at Misano for the second part of its latest double-header, featuring another new race for 2020 with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix .After another dramatic race in one of the most unpredictable MotoGP campaigns, Franco Morbidelli became the fourth different first-time winner as he stormed to victory at Misano last Sunday.Coupled with Fabio Quartararo's two crashes during the race, Andrea Dovizioso has become the new championship leader and holds a six-point advantage at the top of the standings.
Fabio Quartararo admits he didn't expect Petronas SRT MotoGP team-mate and Catalan Grand Prix poleman Franco Morbidelli to be as fast as he was in qualifying.
Quartararo has outqualified Morbidelli six times this season and claimed two pole positions, but had to play second-best to his 'A-spec-mounted' Yamaha rival in qualifying at Catalunya.
Morbidelli produced the first sub 1m39s lap of the Catalan GP weekend on his final effort in Q2 to snatch hiswith a 1m38.798s, while Quartararo could only managed a 1m39.008s in second.
Emilia Romagna MotoGP: Quartararo leads Petronas SRT 1-2 in opening practice
Fabio Quartararo led a Petronas SRT 1-2 in a tight first practice session for the inaugural MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Misano .For the third time this season, MotoGP returns to the same circuit for a second grand prix, which also follows on from a one-day test on Tuesday.San Marino GP race winner Franco Morbidelli set the early pace on his Petronas SRT Yamaha with a 1m33.194s, before KTM's Pol Espargaro moved into top spot with a 1m32.390s.
"Yes, I'm really happy because at the end most important thing is to be on the front row," Quartararo said of his Saturday.
"We achieved our goal, let's say. Today Franco was really fast. I expected him to be fast in qualifying, but not that much.
"At the end, I'm so happy about second position and our pace is good so I'm happy about our day."
Morbidelli last outqualified Quartararo at the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano, when he beat him to second before going on to win his first MotoGP race.
Conceding "it's always difficult" to beat the Frenchman in qualifying, Morbidelli was happy to show he was the best on "pure speed".
"It is great, it feels great to be first," Morbidelli said of his first MotoGP pole.
MotoGP 2020: Quartararo wins to regain championship lead as rivals stumble
It was a huge day for Catalan Grand Prinx winner Fabio Quartararo, who now once again leads the MotoGP standings.Petronas Yamaha rider Quartararo took the chequered flag for the third time in 2020, while former riders' standings leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) crashed out on lap one having started way back in 17th and Maverick Vinales stumbled to ninth.
"Qualifying is pure speed and I was really happy to see today I was the fastest in pure speed.
"It's always difficult to beat Fabio on a hot lap, so I'm very happy about the lap I did in qualifying.
"I was feeling great on the bike, I was able to push a lot on it and able to push very hard on tyres. Great, great feeling today."
Valentino Rossi - whosewas announced ahead of qualifying - completed an all-Yamaha front row having "improved my style" during practice on Saturday.
"It's a good Saturday because we start well from Friday," Rossi said.
"When we start already the bike was competitive, giving me a good feeling and today we worked well because we did some modifications that I liked.
"And I improved my line, I improved my style. Also in FP4 with used tyre I had good pace.
"So, starting from front row is very important also because the first corner is very far, we need to give the maximum from the beginning and try to make a good race."
French MotoGP: Quartararo tops FP3 as Mir drops into Q1
Fabio Quartararo led in crash-strewn MotoGP French Grand Prix third practice, while a late fall for title rival Joan Mir dropped him into Q1 . © LAT Images Quartararo tops FP3 as Mir drops into Q1 at Le Mans The dry conditions in FP3 meant improvements on Friday afternoon's best efforts were immediate, with Quartararo the first big mover on the combined order as he leaped from 11th to third.Petronas SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli improved to second, while Valentino Rossi on the works Yamaha moved up to sixth.With just seven minutes of the session gone, Quartararo had bettered Jack Miller's 1m34.
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MotoGP 2020: Starting grid and preview for the Emilia Romagna and Rimini's Coast Grand Prix .
The Emilia Romagna and Rimini's Coast Grand Prix looks set to be a fascinating one after a dramatic qualifying session.Vinales was on pole for the San Marino Grand Prix last time out but was unable to convert that position into a victory, finishing down in sixth.