Vinales takes the first pole position of the 2019 MotoGP season in Qatar and will be joined on Sunday's front row by Dovizioso and Marquez.

As many riders had warned, the cool conditions at the end of this evening's track action produced a spate of falls. The last to tumble was Miller, losing the front while almost upright at Turn 2.

That incident left the Australian unable to defend his front row place, which Marquez duly snatched on his last lap, with the aid of a tow behind Petrucci.

Rookie Quartararo continued his brilliant form with fifth on his MotoGP debut, with Petronas F1 star Lewis Hamilton watching on.

A sore Lorenzo, who like Marquez has fallen twice today, and Rossi failed to advance past Qualifying 1.

Smith is making his Aprilia race debut as a wild-card this weekend.

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Qualifying 2:

  1. Maverick Viñales ESP Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 53.546s [Lap 6/7] 329km/h (Top Speed)
  2. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP19) 1m 53.744s +0.198s [Lap 6/7] 342k
  3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 53.745s +0.199s [Lap 7/7] 346k
  4. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (Desmosedici GP19) 1m 53.809s +0.263s [Lap 6/6] 345k
  5. Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT (YZR-M1)* 1m 53.946s +0.400s [Lap 6/7] 335k
  6. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 54.095s +0.549s [Lap 7/7] 346k
  7. Danilo Petrucci ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP19) 1m 54.200s +0.654s [Lap 7/7] 339k
  8. Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT (YZR-M1) 1m 54.236s +0.690s [Lap 7/7] 332k
  9. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 54.239s +0.693s [Lap 3/7] 337k
  10. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 54.257s +0.711s [Lap 7/7] 336k
  11. Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 54.390s +0.844s [Lap 7/7] 339k
  12. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 54.917s +1.371s [Lap 3/7] 342k

Qualifying 1:

  1. Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (Desmosedici GP18)* 1m 54.472s 339k
  2. Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 54.537s 336k
  3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 54.563s 340k
  4. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 54.740s 334k
  5. Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 1m 55.122s 339k
  6. Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (Desmosedici GP18) 1m 55.428s 344k
  7. Andrea Iannone ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 55.464s 343k
  8. Karel Abraham CZE Reale Avintia (Desmosedici GP18) 1m 55.642s 341k
  9. Johann Zarco FRA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 55.797s 333k
  10. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) 1m 55.937s 337k
  11. Bradley Smith GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 56.036s 336k

Fastest Friday time:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 53.380s

Fastest time at 2019 Qatar Test:
Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 54.208s

Official Qatar MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Johann Zarco FRA Yamaha 1m 53.680s (2018)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

By Peter McLaren

 

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