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MotoGP- Pol on Pole

Feature Image Credit: Pol Espargaro

A new dynamic in MotoGP, Espargaro is finally coming into himself as a Repsol Honda rider.

Q1
No stranger to Q1, Alex Rins and Takaaki Nakagami are always hoping to make their way up. But the riders who are not accustomed to being in Q1, like Johann Zarco, are looking to make their way up into Q2, as well.

Some new faces in MotoGP, Jake Dixon, who is replacing Franco Morbidelli, is struggling a bit. That is expected, but he is doing well. Another newer but older name is Cal Cruthlow on the Monster Energy Yamaha, who is replacing Maverick Vinales.

As the first times come in, Alex Rins and Miguel Oliveira are in P1 and P2. For MotoGP, only the top two riders in the Q1 session make their way up to the next session.

Soon after, Enea Bastiannini takes P1 and Zarco jumps to P2.A rider who is struggling more so than usual is Alex Marquez. With six minutes left in the session, he has yet to put a time in. The Silverstone track, which is harder and longer than the ones previous on the track, is difficult for those who entered MotoGP without the practice at Silverstone.

As Bastiannini is looking for improve his time, he crashes out of the session. While he is still first, with the last flying laps about to come in, is could be too late.

It isn’t enough for Bastiannini, because the riders heading into Q2 are Zarco and Rins.

Q2

A highlight of the Q2 session is the fact that Valentino Rossi has qualified into it. It’s the first time in a while that he’s been in the second qualifying session.

The first of the flying laps come in with Jack Miller, Joan Mir and Aleix Espargaro in the top 3. Quartararo takes pole soon after, having the first sub 1:59 lap, coming in with a 1:58:990.

The top three is mixing up faster than you can keep up with it, Bagnaia, Martin, Espargaro’s and more heading in and out of the top three.

Miller seems to be having some issues, speaking urgently with his team manager about something. It could be why he is one of the lower Ducati’s on the grid, but even Zarco is in 11th place.

As the couple of minutes of Q2 come to a close, Pol Espargaro takes pole position. Not even Quartararo, who is in 4th place, can stop him.

What will happen tomorrow? Will we see a new winner, or will the Yamaha reign supreme?

Tune in tomorrow to find out!

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