A controversial tow helps Marc Marquez lead Qualifying 1 for the Italian MotoGP and advance - alongside Aleix Espargaro - to the Q2 pole position shootout.

Marquez was one of a number of riders to follow Vinales out of the pits for the final run, but the Repsol Honda rider also stuck to the Yamaha like a magnet when he pulled back into pit lane to try and shake-off the caravan behind.

With time running out Vinales had no choice but to push and duly towed Marquez to the top on his penultimate lap. Vinales was later pushed from second to third by Espargaro, but the Monster Yamaha rider was on course to regain a top-two place on his last lap, until he ran wide at the final corner and will now start 13th.

The others will start, in the following order, from 13th on the grid onwards…

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Italian MotoGP, Mugello - Qualifying (1) Results
PosRiderNatTeam
1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)
2Aleix EspargaroITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
3Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
4Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)
5Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)
6Michele PirroITAPramac Ducati (GP21)
7Luca MariniITAVR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)
8Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)
9Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
10Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)
11Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
12Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)

* Rookie.

Fastest practice time:
Francesco Bagnaia
ITA Ducati 1m 45.456s (FP3)

Official Mugello MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati 1m 45.456s (2021)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 47.639s (2013)

By Peter McLaren