Vinales on Pole and Rossi Fourth in Australian Qualifying

2019-10-27 10:30
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi are in for a unique race day at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. They completed the Warm Up this morning and immediately followed it up with a Q2 session, securing first and fourth place respectively for this afternoon‘s race.

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1st
MAVERICK VIÑALES
1'28.492 / 8 LAPS

4th
VALENTINO ROSSI
1'29.243 / 9 LAPS
With yesterday‘s FP4 being red flagged and the qualifying sessions delayed till this morning, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi have a busy Sunday. They started the third day of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix weekend with the usual Warm Up, followed by a Q2 session, taking first and fourth place respectively for this afternoon‘s race.

Viñales has been the pace setter throughout the weekend, and this morning was no exception. He dominated Q2 and ended the session in first place with a 1‘28.492s best lap, 0.551s ahead of his closest rival. It is his third pole position of the season.

Rossi was eager to get a good grid position for his 400th Grand Prix start. He needed a bit of time to get up to speed in the 15-minute shoot-out but got a good lap in on his second run. The Italian posted a 1‘29.243s for fourth place, just 0.027s off a front-row start and 0.751s behind his team-mate.

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MAVERICK VIÑALES
MAVERICK VIÑALES
“I feel good and very positive because on the laps I did I was able to push at my maximum, that‘s very important. Straight away I felt good on hard tyres and soft tyres, so we will try to keep this momentum: start well, get into first place, and push from the beginning. I will try my best as always. The Yamaha is working very good on the track, we need to be careful with the tyres, but anyway, I‘m very happy and feeling very positive.”


VALENTINO ROSSI
VALENTINO ROSSI
“It was a good qualifying session. I'm happy with the second row and I was very close to the front row. I feel good on the bike and we have improved the set-up. Now we have to start thinking about the race. The weather is uncertain, and the choice of the tyres will be crucial. I hope for a completely dry or wet race.”



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Australian GP - Qualifying Results
STARTING GRID
27/10/2019
FRONT ROW
1. M. VIÑALES MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP 1'28.492
2. F. QUARTARARO PETRONAS YAMAHA SRT 1'29.043
3. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1'29.216
SECOND ROW
4. V. ROSSI MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP 1'29.243
5. D. PETRUCCI DUCATI TEAM 1'29.339
6. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA CASTROL 1'29.535
THIRD ROW
7. A. ESPARGARÒ APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1'29.558
8. A. IANNONE APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1'29.581
9. J. MILLER PRAMAC RACING 1'29.615
FOURTH ROW
10. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM 1'29.667
11. F. MORBIDELLI PETRONAS YAMAHA SRT 1'29.716
12. A. RINS TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'29.947
FIFTH ROW
13. J. MIR TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'29.712
14. J. .ZARCO LCR HONDA IDEMITSU 1'30.008
15. F. BAGNAIA PRAMAC RACING 1'30.075
SIXTH ROW
16. K. ABRAHAM REALE AVINTIA RACING 1'30.165
17. P. ESPARGARÒ RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING 1'30.180
18. M. KALLIO RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING 1'30.495
SEVENTH ROW
19. J. LORENZO REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1'31.179
20. H. SYAHRIN RED BULL KTM TECH3 1'31.285
21. T. RABAT REALE AVINTIA RACING 1'31.941

Source: Yamaha Motor Racing

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