The conditions were not ideal, Saturday September 3, for the qualifications of the Grand Prix of San Marino of MotoGP. On a Misano circuit sprinkled with a few drops of rain, Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo) took pole position ahead of Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) and Enea Bastianini (Ducati Gresini). Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) was only eighth on the starting grid while his compatriot Johann Zarco (Ducati Pramac) was sixth fastest.
The opportunity was however good for Fabio Quartararo to position himself well with a view to digging an even greater advantage in the championship over his runner-up Francesco Bagnaia. Sanctioned for dangerous driving during the first free practice session, the Ducati rider was penalized three places on the starting grid. He will therefore leave fifth Sunday. But the Niçois did not ultimately take advantage of it.
In difficult conditions, with a drying track, the Niçois never found the rhythm allowing him to play the leading roles in this qualifying session. It’s unfortunately a habit now, because of the performance of his Yamaha in qualifying this season. He only achieved one pole position in the exercise. On the contrary, Johann Zarco once thought he could achieve the third pole of his season, the ninth of his career, but he could not do better than a sixth place on the starting grid.