Pol gives KTM his first pole in MotoGP and aims for victory

The one from Granollers will debut at the front of the grid and will be in the front row with Nakagami and Mir. Zarco made third, but will start from the pit lane.

The 2020 MotoGP season has been so different from the previous ones that in qualifying for the Styrian GP something unheard of has happened again: Pol Espargaró has given KTM its first pole in history in the premier class. The one from Granollers will make his debut at the front of the MotoGP grid in tomorrow's race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg and, given what has been seen, because he also has a very good rhythm, he aims for victory if nothing strange happens.

The Spanish will be accompanied in the first row by Nakagami and Mir. Suzuki's, although he qualified fourth, will gain a position as Zarco was third and having to serve the penalty of starting from the pit lane. According to his punishment for the fall with Morbidelli last Sunday, what is clear is that the Frenchman has enormous merit, because he underwent surgery on the scaphoid of his right wrist last Wednesday and only three days later he is giving gas from way so bright. The great beneficiary of his penalty is Mir, who will thus start for the first time without any rival in front in MotoGP, from the front row.

None of the three occupants of the front row still know what it is to win and even Nakagami, whose best result is a curarto position, has dared to say when getting off his Honda that he will leave with the intention of seeking victory. Hopefully it doesn't rain, as some forecasts have announced, and you can see a dry show in which the big favorite is Pol.

Miller, Viñales and Rins will depart from the second line. The Australian suffered a crash in FP3 and hit the track again on one shoulder, which did not prevent him from being in the front positions. As for Maverick, he was one of those who came to lead Q2, as did Quartararo, Pol, Nakagami and again Pol. Regarding Rins, he will come out ready to remove the thorn from last Sunday's crash while leading. Oliveira, Dovizioso and Quartararo will start from the third row. It should be remembered that the French leads the general classification with an 11-point advantage over the Italian and that their fight may be momentous beyond the one for victory, although both have the potential to be one of those who end up fighting for victory. In the case of Dovi, he already won last Sunday starting, although coming fourth and not eighth like now.

Although he has not entered Q2, Lecuona will start twelfth, closing a fourth row in which he will have Morbidelli and Petrucci ahead. Further back will be Binder (13th, he won two races ago in Brno and last Sunday he climbed to fourth place), Rossi (14th, suffered a crash at the end of Q1 when he was on his way to being second and getting a pass to Q2 , but nothing was done), Álex Márquez (16th), Aleix (19th) and Rabat (21st) .

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