Motorcycles Motorcycling-Quartararo fastest in Catalunya for fifth straight MotoGP pole
Quartararo is also "a bit scared"
Despite good pace in Qatar, © Motorsport Images Quartararo is not one hundred percent happy on the 2021 Yamaha On the third day of MotoGP testing, Fabio Quartararo was only narrowly beaten. With a late attack on the fastest time, Jack Miller (Ducati) pushed the Yamaha rider out of the lead. Both were below the old lap record in Qatar, just 0.080 seconds separated the leading duo. "The lap that I managed was one of the best laps I've ever driven," sums up Quartararo.
BARCELONA, June 5 (Reuters) - Yamaha's world championship leader Fabio Quartararo claimed his fifth straight pole position of the MotoGP season after going fastest in qualifying at the Catalunya Grand Prix on Saturday.
Quartararo became the first rider in seven years to achieve the feat, and the Frenchman is joined on the front row by Ducati's Jack Miller and Pramac Racing's Johann Zarco.
Quartararo looked to go faster on a second run with a different tire strategy and was left frustrated when yellow flags were waved at the end of the session following a tumble by Miller and Pol Espargaro's crash.
"The pace was great on medium and hard (tires), I had a great first run but I thought the lap was not perfect," Quartararo said.
Quartararo: Vinales "in another league" in Qatar MotoGP
Fabio Quartararo says his factory Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales was “in another league” in the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, as the Frenchman had a “disaster” with tyre wear. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing Vinales trailed Quartararo in the opening stages of Sunday's season opener at Losail, but carved through from sixth at the end of the opening lap to pass four Ducatis and Quartararo to score victory.
"On the second run I prepared really well with the rear tire but I (encountered) yellow flags. But the most important is we are on the front row in P1."
Red Bull KTM's Miguel Oliveira will start fourth on the grid alongside Petronas Yamaha's Franco Morbidelli, while Quartararo's team mate Maverick Vinales starts in sixth.
Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia, who is third in the championship standings, had his lap struck off when he exceeded track limits and he will start ninth on the grid.
Suzuki's defending champion Joan Mir could not finish his final run either due to the yellow flags and he starts 10th, ahead of Valentino Rossi who fell early in Q2.
Mir's team mate Alex Rins is not racing after sustaining a wrist fracture that required surgery on Friday. He is expected to return for the German Grand Prix in two weeks.
Earlier, six-times world champion Marc Marquez failed to qualify for Q2, finishing third fastest in the session to earn 13th place on the grid.
Marquez looked to benefit from a tow by riding in Miller's slipstream in Q1. Although Miller set the fastest time, it was Marquez's Repsol Honda team mate Espargaro who went second fastest to qualify for Q2. (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
Quartararo on a high: "Had this feeling ever" .
© Motorsport Images Fifth MotoGP poles in succession for Fabio Quartararo, but not only the Fabio Quartararo is currently clear the measure of things in the MotoGP scene. In Qualifying to the Grand Prix of Catalonia , the Yamaha Werkspilot was driven on Saturday for the fifth time in a row on the poles. According to Portimao, Jerez, Le Mans and Mugello, the Barcelona pole has succeeded, though Quartararo noticed directly after Q2 in Parc Ferme, that his round was "not quite perfect".