Bagnaia’s day had started very badly and ended as best it could not. At Misano he had remained out of Q2, the decisive qualifying session, and had to sweat one of the two places still available in Q1. What’s more, on a treacherous track, which struggled to dry after the rain. Pecco interpreted the difficult conditions in the best possible way and had no opponents, closing the round in front of everyone and earning the first position on the grid. For the Piedmontese from Ducati, however, the good news did not end there. Fabio Quartararo, the hare in the standings with 52 points ahead, was in fact in the same conditions as him, but was not able to overcome the Q1, moreover the best time was canceled due to the yellow flags. The result is that tomorrow the Yamaha Frenchman will start 13th.
«I am very happy – Bagnaia smiled -. I don’t know why I struggled so hard on the flying lap this morning, but in the end moving from Q1 helped me to better understand the track conditions. It is wonderful to be on pole in front of all the fans in the home race ».
What’s more, he opens an all-red front row, with three Ducatis. Miller is 2nd, while Luca Marini is 3rd, his best qualifying result in MotoGP. «These conditions are very difficult, but they also reduce the technical gap I have compared to the other bikes – explained Rossi’s brother who rides a Desmosedici a couple of years old. I arrived ready for qualifying, I saw an opportunity and I took advantage of it ». The VR46 rider will start in front of Pol Espargaró’s Honda, Oliveira’s Ktm and Morbidelli’s Yamaha. The third row will instead be opened by Marc Marquez, who fell in qualifying, with the KTMs of Lecuona and Petrucci alongside him.
The other Italians are far behind, starting with Bastiani (who also ended up on the ground) 18th. In the last 3 positions we find Andrea Dovizioso, Michele Pirro and Valentino Rossi in the order. Lorenzo Savadori, who broke his right collarbone in the morning free practice session, will not race, but will be operated on in Modena already in the evening.