Quartararo rules with the Ducati de Pirro on fire

The Frenchman surpassed Miller by 57 thousandths and Marquez by 77 in a session that started with the scare of the motorcycle fire of the tester of Borgo Panigale's house.


The engines roar in the Ricardo Tormo de Cheste. They do it with the asphalt still cold, but with very acceptable times to start and, above all, given the low morning temperature. The fastest has been Quartararo again, something he has already done 23 times this year in training, but the FP1 will be remembered for the shocking image of the Ducati de Pirro in flames.

At the tester of Borgo Panigale's house, who runs here as a guest pilot, the Desmosedici engine was broken and his motorcycle caught fire on the lower and rear part of the fairing, being forced to get out of a loophole and get off the motorcycle to avoid some kind of burn. The commissioners turned to the extinguisher on duty and everything was in a scare and an ugly image for the Italian factory, because there is nothing worse than seeing one of your motorcycles on fire, first, and burned, then

In relation to the time table, Quartararo opted for the combination of medium and soft tires for his fast lap and served to lead with 57 thousandths advantage over Miller and 77 over Marquez. The Australian also opted for medium and soft while the Spanish stayed in the middle and middle, thinking once more from the first moment more in the race than in the time attack. The 1: 31.512 marked by the rookie stayed three tenths of the fast lap of the race and two seconds of the record (1: 29.401), both held by Lorenzo since 2016, on the weekend of his farewell with Yamaha.

The pentacampeón now says goodbye to Honda and the competition, because he will retire at the end of this Valencia GP. He would like to help the golden wing to conquer the Triple Crown with the team championship. The Ducati Team arrives with two points of advantage over Repsol Honda and the Mallorcan has only been able to start 18th, while Dovizioso has made it ninth and Petrucci eleventh. In spite of everything, with these results on Sunday there would be a turnaround in the standings, because Honda would add 16 points from the third of Márquez and Ducati 12 between his two drivers. They will all improve, it is assumed and expected.

After the top three, they close the list of the first ten with provisional direct access to Q2 the Maverick, Morbidelli, Mir, Pol, Rossi (fall without consequences in curve 4), the aforementioned Dovizioso and Rins. Further back, Aleix 12º and Rabat reappears from his left hand injury, being 21º.

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