All four YZR-M1s are inside the top five in Catalan GP qualifying, but there’s a certain multiple World Champion sitting P2 on the grid…

Just 11 days after undergoing arm pump surgery in Barcelona, rookie sensation Fabio Quartararo has taken his second premier class pole position after beating Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to Q2 P1 by 0.015 at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, with Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales completing the front row of the grid.

Under beautiful Barcelona skies, it was Viñales who led the field out for Q2 and tucked in behind the Spaniard was a certain Repsol Honda Team rider. Marquez was stalking the number 12 around the first flying lap but despite having a reference, it was Viñales who set the first benchmark, Marquez 0.2 slower. But the seven-time World Champion put the hammer down on his second lap to go top of the times on a medium rear tyre, however, he wouldn’t hold the P1 baton for long as the Petronas Yamaha SRT duo exchanged quickest times, Q1 graduate Franco Morbidelli edging teammate Fabio Quartararo by 0.047 to lead the way after the first set of hot laps.