Marquez holds off Viñales and Dovizioso to set warm-up pace

Honda versus Yamaha versus Ducati could be on the cards for the San Marino Grand Prix

Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez put the drama of yesterday behind him to end MotoGP™ warm-up at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli fastest, well and truly signalling his intentions ahead of the Grand Prix Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

The World Championship leader ended just over a tenth of a second clear of today’s poleman, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, and a quarter of a second ahead of Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.

After securing yet another premier class front row in his debut season, Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo ended as the second quickest Yamaha in fourth, two-thousandths clear of LCR Honda Idemitsu’s Takaaki Nakagami. Ahead of his 100th Grand Prix, Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) ended sixth on the timesheets.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing enjoyed a sensational Saturday thanks to Pol Espargaro clinching their best ever qualifying result but Sunday didn’t start as they would have hoped. Espargaro stayed clear of trouble in seventh but teammate Johann Zarco crashed out early in the session at Turn 1, before then gingerly limping away.

The Ecstar Suzuki duo of Alex Rins and Joan Mir closed out the session in eighth and ninth respectively, before Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi completed the top ten as The Doctor looks to charge through from seventh on the grid at his home Grand Prix later this afternoon.

The lights go out for the main event at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli at 14:00 local time (GMT+2) with warm-up and the weekend so far not offering too much help when trying to put a prediction together.

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