Oct 17 (Reuters) – Moto GP championship leader Fabio Quartararo claimed pole position in Saturday’s practice session at the Aragon Grand Prix, despite a spectacular crash in the third test session free.
The Frenchman lost control of his bike at Turn 14 and had to be removed on a stretcher.
An X-ray showed that no bones were broken and the 21-year-old Petronas Yamaha rider sealed the best time of the day, ahead of Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales of Spain, who will start second.
LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow sneaked into the top three for the first time since last year’s US Grand Prix.
“Honestly, as soon as I had the accident I thought, ‘Will I be able to run?’ I was feeling pretty bad after the crash, “Quartararo said.
His teammate Franco Morbidelli will start fourth, while Pramac Racing driver Jack Miller will start from fifth. Joan Mir, from Suzuki, second overall, set the sixth fastest time.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, third overall, failed to enter the second qualifying session.
Seven-time Moto GP champion Valentino Rossi is not competing this weekend after testing positive for COVID-19. [nL8N2H668R]
(Information from Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; edited by Ed Osmond; translated by Jorge Martínez)