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MotoGP 2020: Starting grid and race preview for the French Grand Prix
Can anyone stop MotoGP Championship leader Fabio Quartararo at his home French Grand Prix on Sunday?The Petronas Yamaha rider showed great pace during qualifying to take a third pole position of the season and first since round two in the second of a Jerez double-header.
Championship leader Fabio Quartararo claimed his 10th MotoGP pole in qualifying for the Aragon Grand Prix, just hours after a heavy crash in FP3 left him with a hip injury.
Quartararo was flicked from his Petronas SRT Yamaha in FP3 at Turn 14 and had to be taken to the medical centre for checks on his hip - but was found to have escaped broken bones.
FP4 pacesetter Franco Morbidelli set the early pace on his Petronas SRT Yamaha with a 1m48.090s, though he would be deposed by Q1 graduate Jack Miller.
Quartararo expects Ducati fightback after tough Aragon GP Friday
MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo expects Ducati to bounce back from its difficult Friday at the Aragon Grand Prix and is wary of its "big potential"Petronas SRT rider Quartararo ended Friday's running at Aragon second overall, 0.249 seconds off the pace of works Yamaha counterpart Maverick Vinales.
The Pramac rider fired in a 1m47.657s on his Ducati, while Morbidelli's second lap put him just 0.002 seconds adrift.
Two minutes later, Quartararo showed no obvious ill-effects from his FP3 crash to take over provisional pole with a 1m47.657s and lead Morbidelli by 0.089s after the first runs.
Maverick Vinales moved the goal posts with two minutes to go on the sole works team M1 with a 1m47.125s, and improved marginally on his final lap to a 1m47.122s.
But Quartararo had enough in hand to deny his Yamaha stablemate, the Frenchman digging deep for a 1m47.076s in his last effort to claim his fourth pole of 2020.
Vinales held onto second, while LCR's Cal Crutchlow registered his first front row since last year's US GP in third.
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Aragon MotoGP: Morbidelli heads FP3 times as Quartararo crashes heavily
Franco Morbidelli topped a dramatic third MotoGP practice for the Aragon Grand Prix as championship leader Fabio Quartararo had to be taken to the medical centre after a heavy crash . © LAT Images Morbidelli heads Aragon GP FP3 after Quartararo crash The session got under way an hour later than originally planned over safety concerns about the cold temperatures, although the conditions meant lap time improvement on the combined order were few and far between for much of the 45 minutes.Quartararo set the early pace in the individual FP3 timesheet with a 1m49.810s, before improving to a 1m49.106s.
Morbidelli found himself shuffled off the front row at the chequered flag into fourth, with Miller and Suzuki's Joan Mir completing the top six.
Takaaki Nakagami just missed out on a place on the second row in seventh on his LCR Honda, with Q1 pacesetter Danilo Petrucci eighth on the Ducati ahead of Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro.
Espargaro and his KTM-mounted brother Pol made contact in the latter stages of Q2 at the last corner, with the latter ending up 12th behind Honda rookie Alex Marquez and the sister Suzuki of Alex Rins.
Andrea Dovizioso's tough Aragon GP weekend took another sour turn as he was knocked out of the Q2 progression slots by his own Ducati stablemates Petrucci and Miller.
Showing a rare outburst of anger as he returned to his garage, Dovizioso will start Sunday's race from 13th in another dent to his title hopes.
Quartararo "did nothing wrong" to cause Aragon MotoGP FP3 crash
Aragon Grand Prix poleman Fabio Quartararo says his "strange" MotoGP FP3 crash wasn't a result of him unnecessarily pushing in the cold conditions and insists he "did nothing wrong"Quartararo's Saturday almost ended in disaster when he crashed heavily at Turn 14 during the morning practice session.
KTM's Brad Binder will start alongside in 14th ahead of KTM counterpart Iker Lecuona on the Tech3 RC16, with Johann Zarco (Avintia) leading the struggling Pramac Ducati of Francesco Bagnaia.
Miguel Oliveira was some four tenths shy of his Tech3 team-mate in 18th, with Aprilia's Bradley Smith, Tito Rabat on the sister Avintia Ducati and Honda's Stefan Bradl complete the field.
MotoGP starting grid
|1||Fabio Quartararo||Petronas Yamaha||Yamaha||1m47.076s|
|3||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||Honda||0.229s|
|4||Franco Morbidelli||Petronas Yamaha||Yamaha||0.241s|
|5||Jack Miller||Pramac Ducati||Ducati||0.337s|
|7||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda||Honda||0.683s|
|15||Iker Lecuona||Tech3 KTM||KTM||0.929s|
|16||Johann Zarco||Avintia Ducati||Ducati||0.992s|
|17||Francesco Bagnaia||Pramac Ducati||Ducati||1.310s|
|18||Miguel Oliveira||Tech3 KTM||KTM||1.355s|
|20||Tito Rabat||Avintia Ducati||Ducati||1.482s|
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Takaaki Nakagami has secured an historic maiden MotoGP pole position for the Teruel Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race . © LAT Images MotoGP start time: When does the Teruel GP start? It marks Japan's first MotoGP polesitter in the premier class since Makoto Tamada in 2004, with Nakagami beating Petronas SRT Yamaha's Franco Morbidelli by 0.063s, as new world championship points leader Joan Mir struggled down in 12th place for Suzuki.Qualifying was also a nightmare for Andrea Dovizioso as he dropped out in Q1 and will start the Teruel GP in a lowly 17th place for Ducati.