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MotoGP: Jorge Martin takes sensational pole position

Credit: Jorge Martin

A World Champion down, surprising rookies and last minute changes.

With our first qualifying session of the season, let’s take a quick look at the rules before we continue on.

The top 10 riders with the best times from FP1-FP3 will go straight into Q2, where they can battle for Pole Position. The rest of the riders need to go through Q1 to try and make their way into Q2. The two fastest riders, different from Moto3’s and Moto2’s four riders, in Q1 will go into Q2.

Some shocking names in first Q1 session of the season is World Champion Fabio Quartararo. I have a feeling that the pressure might be getting to him,  but only time will tell. If he can make it through, then he means business. Other than the World Champion, the rest of the riders are pretty common in the Q1 sessions.
But who will make it in Q2? We’ll find out soon enough!
Rookies Gardner & Fernandez, both on Tech 3 KTM, are coming back from leading the World Championship in Moto2. In fact, all the KTM bikes are in Q1, which does not bode well for the team. Fabio Di Giannantonio is also in Q1 as a rookie. The only rookie who isn’t in Q1 is Enea Bastiannini.
As the times come in, Quartararo and Zarco are in line to head into Q2. These two aren’t a huge surprise, but we’ll see how long they last. Binder takes Zarco off from 2nd soon after.
With less than 2 minutes left, Darryn Binder crashes out. It all comes down to the last lap- where Fabio loses the front and nearly crashes out. Will that be the mistake that kicks him from Q2?
And the riders heading up to Q2 are Brad Binder and Fabio Quartararo.
Now- on to Q2!
Riders begin to lineup before the time even starts, eager to get a taste of pole position.
As the first sets of times roll in, Marc Marquez is topping the time sheets, followed by Jack Miller and Aleix Espargaro.
The Ducati’s are having a hard time breaking P1, but as the bikes get warmer, they will continue to grow in time.
While Bagnaia has time, especially after nabbing P2 in the World Championship last season, Jack Miller is almost on a timer with Ducati. If he can’t perform according to Ducati, then there is no way they’re going to keep him. He needs to prove himself at the beginning of the season.
With two minutes remaining, Marquez is in pole position- but so many riders are in the red. Who will take it, in the end?
Jorge Martin takes pole! And in a shocking twist, Enea Bastiannini takes 2nd from under M. Marquez! He is back in 3rd, but no one expected the bike of Bastiannini to take 2nd.
With that wild of a qualifying session, tomorrow is promising pure drama.
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