Barcelona MotoGP: Quartararo beats Marquez in warm-up

David Gruz

Dovizioso couldn't begin the session along with other riders as his front brake was reportedly jammed, and the Italian had to wait for 10 of the warm-up's 20 minutes to get onto the track.

By that time Marquez was leading comfortably with a 1m39.965s, having demoted surprise early leader Aleix Espargaro.

Espargaro was still second behind Marquez and the duo kept their places until the chequered flag fell, even with the Aprilia rider having crashed at Turn 9.

But then Quartararo set a late flyer of 1m39.918s, overhauling Marquez by less than half a tenth.

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales, who got a three-place grid penalty for riding in an irresponsible manner in qualifying, was a close fourth behind Espargaro, with Alex Rins completing the top five for Suzuki.

LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi were the last two riders within half a second of the top time, followed by factory Ducatis of Danilo Petrucci and Dovizioso.

The latter was in the lower ranks of the order for most of the session after he started running, and in the end only recorded six laps.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) completed the top 10, beating the works Honda of Jorge Lorenzo by 0.003s.

Pol Espargaro crashed, seconds before his brother did, at Turn 5 but still ended up as the top KTM in 16th, while another KTM rider Hafizh Syahrin also had an early fall at Turn 2.

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 12 1'39.918
2 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 12 1'39.965 0.047
3 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 7 1'40.173 0.255
4 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 12 1'40.188 0.270
5 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 11 1'40.298 0.380
6 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 10 1'40.323 0.405
7 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 12 1'40.417 0.499
8 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 12 1'40.532 0.614
9 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 6 1'40.560 0.642
10 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 11 1'40.705 0.787
11 Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Honda 12 1'40.708 0.790
12 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 12 1'40.733 0.815
13 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 12 1'40.734 0.816
14 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 11 1'40.748 0.830
15 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 12 1'40.789 0.871
16 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 7 1'40.821 0.903
17 France Johann Zarco
KTM 12 1'40.976 1.058
18 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 10 1'41.076 1.158
19 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 12 1'41.104 1.186
20 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 11 1'41.123 1.205
21 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 12 1'41.212 1.294
22 United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Aprilia 11 1'41.345 1.427
23 France Sylvain Guintoli
Suzuki 10 1'42.217 2.299
24 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 6 1'44.444 4.526
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