The qualification for the Gran Premio Red Bull de España underlines the beauty of the MotoGP with eight riders – from Pedrosa’s second place to Petrucci’s ninth – in just 174 thousandths of a second. It was a positive Saturday for Alma Pramac Racing as Petrux and Jack confirmed the good feeling of Friday winning a valuable double direct qualification to Q2.
Danilo conquered Q2 with a great last lap in the Fp3 and lapped in the Fp4 with a promising race pace. Even in qualifying the rider from Terni was very incisive lapping at the levels of the Top 5 but he had to settple for ninth place only 102 thousandths from the second row and 140 thousandths from the front row.
After Friday’s free practice, Jack confirmed his good feeling with the Ducati Desmosedici GP at the Jerez circuit. The Australian rider easily took the Q2 and lapped in the Fp4 with a Top 10 race pace. In Q2, however, Jack wasn’t able to take that small step forward to gain a few places and he will start from row four tomorrow.
P9 Danilo Petrucci – 1’38.086
“It was an incredible qualifying session. I don’t remember such a tight gap between the top nine riders. The feeling is good anyway and this gives me confidence for tomorrow’s race. We are probably not yet at the Top 5 level on this circuit but we have taken important steps forward”.
P12 Jack Miller – 1’38.522
“I struggled a bit in qualifying. Maybe I wasn’t able to make the second soft tyre work well. We’ll work with the team to analyze the data and see where we can do better. All things considered it’s a good weekend so far. The race pace is not bad and the feeling with the bike is positive”.