The French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) got his second pole position of the season, the fourth in a row at Ángel Nieto de Jerez and the fifteenth of his sporting career, being the fastest in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix from MotoGP.
Marc Márquez suffers a strong accident in Jerez training: the ghosts of the injury returned
Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), which suffered a severe fall in the third free practice, could not enter the second classification and finished fourteenth.
During the fourth free practice session, which takes place practically at the same time as the MotoGP race, there were numerous crashes, all of them without physical consequences for the riders but with their own names as relevant as those of Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR), Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) or the two Aprilia RS-GP riders, first the Italian Lorenzo Savadori and shortly after Aleix Espargaró.
Rins crashed in turn five, Pol in turn seven and Aleix in number two, the same turn in which some time later the Italian Danilo Petrucci (KTM RC 16) crashed, while Savadori did it in the thirteenth.
Those training sessions were dominated by the French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1), which rolled in 1: 37.341, just 50 milliseconds faster than its teammate Maverick Viñales and with Alex Rins third, but already more than four tenths of a second.
Meanwhile, Márquez placed his Repsol Honda in tenth position, despite the strong “blow” that was dealt in the third free practice, which forced him to go first to the circuit clinic, then to the Jerez hospital and finally the first classification, after passing all the medical tests without problems, in which only a strong cervical contusion was appreciated.
It was not the only relevant news of the day because before starting the first qualifying, race management notified the cancellation of the Italian fastest lap Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha YZR M 1), forcing him to go through it, while the Australian Jack miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), which was out, was seen directly into the second classification.
The South African Brad binder (KTM RC 16) and Morbidelli were the first leaders of that first classification, at the expense of what happened in the last laps, in which the only change that occurred was in the order of both in the times table.
Márquez was unable to overcome them and was relegated to fourth place, just behind his teammate Espargaró, without being ultimately overtaken by the Portuguese. Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16), which saw its last fastest lap canceled.
The Repsol Honda rider will have to start from fifteenth place, fifth line of the starting formation, with his brother Alex in twentieth, ahead of Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16) and with Tito Rabat (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) closing the time table.
Quartararo was the first to set a good time in the second classification, 1: 36.807, with which he was just 5 thousandths of a second ahead of his former teammate Morbidelli and with the Honda of Takaaki nakagami third, ahead of Jack Miller, Aleix Espargaró and Maverick Viñales.
Miller improved his personal best by riding in 1: 36.680 to take third, while Quartararo scratched a few thousandths to his personal best to roll in 1: 36.755 and consolidate the first position ahead of Morbidelli and Miller, with “Pecco” Bagnaia in fourth place ahead of Nakagami and Zarco.
In the third line will be three Spaniards, Maverick Viñales, Aleix Espargaró and Alex Rins, with Joan Mir tenth on the fourth line with Brad Binder and the German Stefan bradl.