Dutch GP: Bagnia breaks lap record to capture sensational pole in Cathedral of Speed

The Ducati Lenovo Team Ryder beat the old benchmark in Essen by more than three tenths of a second, setting 1: 31.504.

Championship leader Fabio Quartaro (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) qualified for second place, and George Martin (Prima Primac Racing) was also on lap record speed as he finished last in the front row.

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Marco Bezechi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) also set an under-lap record of 1: 31.796, placing him fourth on the starting grid, while free practice fast-setter Alex Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) finished fifth with 1: 31.868.

He was just 0.364 seconds away from the pole and Espargaro must have thought he had something more, as he vented his anger on Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo team) when the Australian player hit De Stroben. Late hoisted the yellow flag.

Miller, who will be sixth at 1: 32,124, which he set on his first run, then had another big moment with Aprilia when a flying yard winless slowed down on his last flying lap. Walked up to ‘Jacques’.

Johan Zarco (Prima Primac Racing) is in seventh place at 1: 32.175 and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Alex Rinse (Team Suzuki Exstar) will join Row 3.

The Red Bull KTM Factory pair had a long way to go in qualifying, and Brad Binder will eventually claim 10th place on the grid, ahead of Winless and Takaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu).

MotoGP grid (top 10)

1. Francisco Bagania (Ducati Lenovo Team) – 1: 31.504
2. Fabio Quartaro (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) 0.116
3. George Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) +0.204
4. Marco Bezechi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) +0.292
5. Alex Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) +0.364
6. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) + 0.620
7. Johan Zharko (Prime Primax Racing) +0.671
8. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) +0.768
9. Alex Rinse (Team Suzuki Exstar) +0.803
10. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) +0.863

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