French MotoGP: Quartararo takes home pole with title rival Mir 14th

Quartararo takes French GP pole, title rival Mir 14
Fabio Quartararo defeated Jack Miller in a dramatic Grand Prix qualifying in France for the MotoGP pole. Joan Mir only finished 14th after not finishing the first quarter.
Qualifying was delayed due to an oil spill caused by Miguel Oliveira's Tech3 KTM that expired 13 minutes into RP4.
As the second quarter finally began, Yamaha took over the top of the timesheets as it did in the third and fourth quarters, with Catalan policeman Franco Morbidelli setting the early pace at 1: 32.393 minutes.
His Petronas SRT stable mate Quartararo beat this just a moment later with a time of 1: 31.679 minutes, which he improved to 1: 31.665 minutes on the following tour.
Pramac's Francesco Bagnaia shared the Yamaha in second place in the provisional front row after surviving the first quarter together with his Ducati colleague Danilo Petrucci.
Quartararo's 1: 31.665 minutes were immensely threatened when the session began in the final two minutes. Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso jumped into second place before injured Cal Crutchlow was out for just 0.021 seconds.
Jack Miller crashed Quartararo's time 1: 31.537 seconds on his final lap, but Quartararo lit the timing screens on his final attempt.
Under a tenth up as he entered the third sector, home hero Quartararo prevailed against the last split, posting a time of 1: 31.315 minutes to take his first pole since the Andalusian GP in July by 0.222 seconds.
Quartararo takes French GP pole, title rival Mir 14
Miller held second place ahead of Petrucci, who secured his first front-row start since the 2019 Italian GP.
Crutchlow will lead the second row on his LCR Honda, although he is still suffering from complications from right arm surgery in August, with Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales and Dovizioso by his side.
Bagnaia was shuffled back to seventh place but stayed on the Avintia Ducati ahead of Pol Espargaro's KTM and Johann Zarco.
Valentino Rossi prevailed late for pole, but was only able to achieve tenth place on his Yamaha ahead of early pacemakers Morbidelli and Oliveira.
Mir's difficult Saturday continued in qualifying after a fall in third RP stuck him in the first quarter.
The Suzuki driver held a Q2 spot in the closing stages of the first quarter but his 1: 32.187 minutes wasn't good enough to prevent Pramacs Bagnaia from downgrading him. LCR's Takaaki Nakagami made things worse by jumping to 13th place.
Mirs 14th is his worst qualifying of the year and he is supported in the fifth row by Aleia Espargaro from Aprilia. Alex Rins' sister Suzuki is only 16th after another fall in RP4.
A late fall for Brad Binder in the Musee Left Handed prevented him from advancing to 17th place on the KTM. Alex Marquez on the Honda shuffled back to 18th place after an early stint in the first two.
Bradley Smith via sister Aprilia, Iker Lecuona from Tech3, Stefan Bradl from Honda and the Avintia Ducati from Tito Rabat complete the field.
French MotoGP Qualifying Results
Fabio Quartararo
Petronas Yamaha
Jack Miller
Pramac Ducati
0.222 s
Danilo Petrucci
Cal Crutchlow
LCR Honda
Maverick Vinales
Andrea Dovizioso
0.407 s
Francesco Bagnaia
Pramac Ducati
0.437 s
Pol Espargaro
Johann Zarco
Avintia Ducati
Valentino Rossi
Franco Morbidelli
Petronas Yamaha
Miguel Oliveira
Tech3 KTM
0.694 s
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