Martin on pole with Rossi 10th in qualifying at Valencia GP | Racing News – Times of India

Spanish rookie Jorge Martin snatched the pole from Ducati’s Francesco Bagnania as seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi finished 10th in his final race at the Valencia Grand Prix season on Saturday.
Ducati’s Australian Jack Miller will start third in the grid and Spain’s outgoing world champion Joan Mir will finish fourth. Yamaha’s Fabio Quarterro, who sealed his first title last month, can only manage eighth place.
Italy’s Bagnaia seemed to be heading for the sixth pole when he slipped in two turns and almost immediately Martin of Pramak Racing made his lap time better. Miller, the only rider in the middle front tire, also crashed after qualifying.
Rossi, who managed an astonishing direct entry in Q2, was initially injured when he crossed the first bend to push Bagnia back. The 42-year-old Italian slipped to seventh place, but dropped to 10th place in the next round.
Earlier, Repsol Honda’s Paul Espargaro failed to qualify after being taken to hospital following an accident during the third free practice session on Saturday morning.
Alberto Puig, the team’s manager, said the Spaniard had no serious injuries but would be assessed.
Espargaro’s teammate and six-time MotoGP world champion Mark Marquez is also missing in Valencia, having withdrawn after an off-road training accident last week.


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