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Thrilling Spanish GP Qualifying: Espargaro Grabs Pole



Thrilling Spanish GP Qualifying Espargaro Grabs Pole 2023

Amidst the capricious skies of Jerez, Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro overcame the odds to claim MotoGP pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix. In a heart-stopping qualifying session, riders grappled with uncertain weather and changing track conditions, pushing their limits to secure a spot on the front row.

In a thrilling qualifying session marked by unpredictable weather conditions at Jerez, Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro secured the MotoGP pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix.

This achievement marks Espargaro’s fifth pole position in MotoGP, which followed a near-miss with a stray cat during pre-qualifying practice and a subsequent crash.

Contrasting with the sunny weather on Friday, the qualifying day presented overcast skies, and the beginning of Q1 was accompanied by thunder and lightning approaching the circuit.

As the first qualifying session came to a close, a light rain shower ensued, leaving riders uncertain about whether to choose wet or slick tires for Q2.

While some riders initially opted for wet tires, they quickly returned to the pits to switch to slick tires once it became apparent that they were still the better choice for the moment.

As the rain held off and the track dried, lap times improved with each rider adapting to the evolving conditions. Personal bests were achieved until the very end, with Espargaro’s 1m37.216s securing pole position, 0.221s ahead of Jack Miller, while Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) completed the front row.


Brad Binder, Miller’s KTM teammate, who had to participate in Q1, finished fourth in the qualifying session, followed by Ducati’s Pecco Bagnaia, another Q1 pace-setter.

Dani Pedrosa’s remarkable weekend persisted, securing him the sixth spot on the grid, resulting in three KTM bikes occupying the first two rows. Miguel Oliveira (RNF Aprilia) placed seventh.

Johann Zarco, Martin’s Pramac teammate, will start in eighth position, followed by VR46 Ducati’s Luca Marini and Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales.

Takaaki Nakagami from LCR was the highest-ranked Honda rider in 11th place, just ahead of Gresini’s Alex Marquez, who was in contention for the pole position on his year-old Ducati at one point.

In Q1, championship leader Marco Bezzecchi narrowly missed out on a spot in the top 12 shootout by 0.037s, with Franco Morbidelli following closely behind.

Fabio Di Giannantonio finished the qualifying session in 15th place. Morbidelli’s Yamaha teammate Fabio Quartararo, who expressed dissatisfaction with his M1 on Friday, did not improve in pace and ended up in 16th position. In his previous five MotoGP attempts at Jerez, Quartararo had never qualified lower than second place.

The session concluded with Raul Fernandez in 17th place, followed by the winner of the previous round, Alex Rins.


Wildcard entrant Stefan Bradl managed to secure only the 20th position on his Honda RC213V, finishing ahead of Joan Mir and Augusto Fernandez.

Substitute riders Jonas Folger and Iker Lecuona completed the grid in 22nd and 23rd places. The field has been reduced to 23 riders after Ducati factory rider Enea Bastianini, who is still recovering from an injury, withdrew on Saturday morning.

1Aleix EspargaróAprilia RacingAprilia1m37.216s
2Jack MillerRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1m37.437s
3Jorge MartinPrima Pramac RacingDucati1m37.458s
4Brad BinderRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1m36.541s1m37.532s
5Francesco BagnaiaDucati Lenovo TeamDucati1m36.493s1m37.557s
6Dani PedrosaRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1m37.583s
7Miguel OliveiraCryptoDATA RNF MotoGP TeamAprilia1m37.596s
8Johann ZarcoPrima Pramac RacingDucati1m37.616s
9Luca MariniMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati1m37.666s
10Maverick ViñalesAprilia RacingAprilia1m37.765s
11Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda1m37.876s
12Alex MarquezGresini Racing MotoGPDucati1m37.92s
13Marco BezzecchiMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati1m36.578s
14Franco MorbidelliMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1m36.793s
15Fabio Di GiannantonioGresini Racing MotoGPDucati1m36.967s
16Fabio QuartararoMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1m37.072s
17Raul FernandezCryptoDATA RNF MotoGP TeamAprilia1m37.164s
18Alex RinsLCR Honda CASTROLHonda1m37.256s
19Stefan BradlRepsol Honda TeamHonda1m37.297s
20Joan MirRepsol Honda TeamHonda1m37.346s
21Augusto FernandezGASGAS Factory Racing Tech3KTM1m37.753s
22Jonas FolgerGASGAS Factory Racing Tech3KTM1m38.492s
23Iker LecuonaRepsol Honda TeamHonda1m38.582s

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