LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami claimed his first career pole position as MotoGP returned to MotorLand Aragón for the second week in succession for the Alcaniz Grand Prix.

Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli had been fastest in free practice and looked to be headed to another pole until a sensational hot lap from the 28-year-old from Chiba in Japan.

Nakagami claims first pole at Alcaniz GP

Morbidelli took second place on the grid while Suzuki’s Alex Rins, who won at Motorland Aragon last week from tenth on the grid, completes the front row.

Maverick Vinales started last week’s race very strong but fell off the challenge mounted by Honda’s Alex Marquez and Rins.

Johann Zarco was the quickest Ducati rider posting a time roughly four-tenths of a second off the polesitter Nakagami’s 1:46.882.

Fabio Quartararo out qualified championship rival Joan Mir by seven places claiming sixth on the grid while the MotoGP standings leader will start from twelfth behind Marquez, who qualified 11th again. Mir leads the Championship despite not only having not won a race this season, but he also doesn’t have a career win in MotoGP to his name yet.

There are two KTMs on the third row with Pol Espargaro qualifying seventh and Tech3 rider Iker Lecuona claiming ninth. Honda’s British rider Cal Crutchlow splits the Spaniards.

MotoGP qualifying results

1 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 1’46.882s 7/7 340k
2 Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.063s 7/7 337k
3 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.273s 8/8 341k
4 Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.359s 7/7 340k
5 Johann Zarco FRA Reale Avintia (GP19) +0.415s 3/6 344k
6 Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.444s 7/7 339k
7 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) +0.495s 7/7 343k
8 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) +0.627s 7/7 339k
9 Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +0.637s 6/6 341k
10 Alex Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V)* +0.721s 7/7 342k
11 Iker Lecuona SPA Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)* +0.739s 3/7 340k
12 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.760s 7/7 339k
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13 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1’47.372s 7/7 343k
14 Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP20) 1’47.394s 3/8 347k
15 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16)* 1’47.478s 7/7 343k
16 Stefan Bradl GER Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1’47.585s 7/8 345k
17 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP20) 1’47.747s 7/8 347k
18 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (GP20) 1’47.759s 8/8 345k
19 Danilo Petrucci ITA Ducati Team (GP20) 1’47.855s 7/8 346k
20 Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia (GP19) 1’48.114s 8/8 345k
21 Bradley Smith GBR Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1’48.402s 7/8 342k

* Rookie.
Official Aragon MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda1m 46.635s (2015)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha1m 48.120s (2015)

Author: Onlineautos