The Spaniard Jorge Martín, with Ducati, today marked his second consecutive pole, fourth in the season, for the Malaysian Grand Prix of Moto GP, facing the 19th round of the championship of the specialty, to be held tomorrow at the international circuit of Sepang.
The Ducati representative set a time of 1m. 57s. 790/1000 to cover the 5,543 meters of the Malaysian track and had as escorts the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati) and the sextuple monarch, the Spanish Marc Marquéz (Honda). Closing the top ten were Italian Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati), Spaniard Alex Rins (Suzuki), Italians Luca Marini (Ducati), and Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha), Spaniard MavericK Viñales (Aprilia), Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), and Spaniard Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia). Martín established today his fourth pole of the year and tomorrow he will start on the front row with Bastianini and Marquéz.The leader of the championship, Bagnaia, qualified ninth after a crash in Q2 and. despite this, improved the grid position of Espargaró and the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), tenth and twelfth, respectively. With a bandage on his finger, Quartararo, current world champion, tried to gain positions following the wheel of Morbidelli, but a final scare prevented a greater position and ended up closing the records of Q2 after Espargaró and Joan Mir (Suzuki). Tomorrow, the 19th. Moto GP calendar date, will start at 04:00 (Argentine time), 20 laps.