UPDATE: Aprilia's Espargaro will drop from sixth to ninth on the grid due to a penalty for ignoring blue flags in Qualifying 2.

Espargaro and KTM take pole position for the European MotoGP at a wet but drying Valencia, ahead of Rins and Nakagami (who fell).

World championship leader Mir will start fifth, with nearest rival Quartararo in eleventh.

Valentino Rossi returned to action on Saturday morning after missing the last two Aragon rounds, plus Friday practice at Valencia, after contracting Covid-19. The Italian was replaced by GYT Yamaha WorldSBK rider Garrett Gerloff on Friday.

Team-mate Vinales will be forced to start Sunday's race from pit lane (5 seconds after the lights go out) after exceeding the five engines per season limit.

Binder will have a long lap penalty in the race for an opening-lap collision with Miller at Aragon.

Tech3 KTM's Iker Lecuona has been forced to withdraw from the event and self-isolate after a positive Covid test for his brother and assistant.

Bradley Smith, standing in for Andrea Iannone, has been replaced by fellow Aprilia test rider Lorenzo Savadori for the remaining events.

HRC test rider Bradl is again replacing injured reigning world champion Marc Marquez.

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European MotoGP, Valencia - Full Qualifying Results
1Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)1'40.434s8/9315k
2Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.041s8/9318k
3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.096s5/8313k
4Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.143s5/5317k
5Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.270s8/8313k
6Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.459s2/5318k
7Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.563s8/8314k
8Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.894s9/9314k
9Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.123s3/8310k
10Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+1.347s8/9314k
11Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.509s4/9315k
12Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+1.815s8/8324k
 Qualifying 1:     
13Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)1'41.01s7/8315k
14Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*1'41.276s9/9317k
15Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'41.31s7/7313k
16Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)1'41.311s7/8317k
17Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)1'41.395s6/9321k
18Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'42.039s6/9310k
19Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)1'42.244s4/9320k
20Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1'42.532s6/9310k
21Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)1'43.03s7/9315k

* Rookie.
Official Valencia MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda1m 31.116s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha1m 29.401s (2016)

By Peter McLaren

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