Sport Motorcycling-Yamaha's Quartararo takes pole ahead of Vinales at French Grand Prix
Motorcycling-Quartararo on pole for Spanish GP, Marquez 14th
Motorcycling-Quartararo on pole for Spanish GP, Marquez 14thQuartararo, who leads the championship by 15 points after winning two of the opening three races this season, set the early pace in the final qualifying session before securing top spot with a time of one minute, 36.755 seconds.
LE MANS (Reuters) - Fabio Quartararo took his third straight pole position of the season at his home French Grand Prix ahead of his Yamaha team mate Maverick Vinales in a damp and windy qualifying session at Le Mans on Saturday.
Six-times MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez nearly clinched pole in what was initially a front row lockout for the Hondas before the two Yamahas went faster in the dying seconds of the session, while Ducati's Jack Miller will start third on the grid.
Petronas Yamaha's Franco Morbidelli, who was the first rider out on soft slick tyres on a drying track for Q2, starts fourth, ahead of Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) and Marquez.
Defending champion Joan Mir of Suzuki and world championship leader Francesco Bagnaia of Ducati both failed to set a time fast enough to advance to the second qualifying session and will start 14th and 16th respectively.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
Yamaha angry at Marquez's tactics in Mugello Quali: "Behavior was not fair" .
© Motorsport Images at Yamaha was not good on Marc Marquez to speak "It looks like Marc Marquez will be better and better Because he starts again to behave as well as usual. " This statement by Yamaha team boss Massimo Meregalli after the MotoGP Qualifying in Mugello is dripping from cynicism. Marquez once again caused the great excitement in the qualification. In the first section he shaded his Yamaha competitor Maverick Vinales and let him move from him to the best time in Q1.