First Place Start for Vinales after Eventful Austin Qualifying

Viñales gave the majority of the Q2 riders a head start to ensure himself of some clear space on track. His first lap put him in fourth place, but he wasn’t satisfied with his soft rear tyre and headed straight back into the pits with more than seven minutes to go.

He soon went back out, this time on a medium rear tyre. He was in eighth position, but he knew he had the speed to turn things around. He put his head down and was on a potential pole lap until he was held up by Marc Marquez. On his next try he moved up from tenth to second place, with a 2’04.064s. He held on this position after the flag came out and finished 0.406s from first. However, due to Race Direction’s decision after Q2, Viñales will start tomorrow’s race from first position on the grid.

After a strong FP4 session by the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team, Rossi was also in the zone and he kept the momentum going in Q2. His first flying lap saw him shoot to the top of the timesheets. However, he ran wide in turn 1, which meant he wasn’t able to further improve his time on his second try and the Italian headed to the pit box.

With five minutes left, he returned to the track, holding second place. As the times quickened at the end of the session, the Doctor was pushed back to fifth position. He immediately clocking a 2’04.229s, moving him back up to second. Subsequently he flashed a red first sector on his last hot lap, but was unable to hold the advantage until the chequered flag, and he ended the session in fifth place, with a 0.571s margin to first. He will start tomorrow’s race from the middle of the second row of the grid

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