MOTOGP: QUARTARARO PIPS MILLER IN FRANCE

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MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo beats Jack Miller in France – Photo: LAT

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo defeated Jack Miller for pole position in French MotoGP this weekend at Le Mans.

Par RHYS VANDERSYDE

The Australian rider Ducati, who was the point guard on Friday, bounced off a bad side in FP3 to jump to the top of the timesheets with a 1: 31.537s just before the checkered flag. However, one last effort was enough to put the Petronas SRT Yamaha in pole position with a 1: 31.315s.

Qualifying was initially delayed to allow officials to clean up the oil after Miguel Oliveira’s Tech 3 KTM expired during FP4.

Once the session finally started, the Yamaha were the first to set the pace, with Franco Morbidelli the fastest.

The timesheets remained somewhat static until the last minute of qualifying which really disrupted the order.

Cal Crutchlow (Castrol LCR Honda) was the first to show his hand, hopping in sequence with a 1: 31.686s, setting off a series of quick times.

Miller then started the order, moving to provisional pole from 10th place with his fastest lap, just ahead of Quartararo and Danilo Petrucci of Ducati at the time.

Quartararo hit back on the flag race to improve Miller by 0.222s to win his first pole position since the Andalusian GP in July.

Crutchlow’s best time was enough to secure a start from the second row ahead of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati).

Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Ducati), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM), Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Ducati), Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) complètent le top dix à la fin de Q2.

Suzuki’s Joan Mir was a surprise in qualifying, failing to make it to Q2 for the first time this year. Quartararo’s main title rival will have their work cut out for them from the 14th.

The start of the race is Sunday at 22:00 AEDT, with 27 laps of distance.

The race is scheduled to start tonight at 10 p.m. AEDT and can be watched live on Fox Sports 507.

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