Winning Pole, Quartararo Confident Can Dominate Mandalika


FABIO Quartararo will lead the Moto-GP race on Sunday (20/3). The Monster Energy Yamaha racer got pole after being the fastest in the qualifying session on Saturday (19/3) with a time of 1 minute 31.067 seconds.

Meanwhile, Jorge Martin from Pramac Racing will start in second place and will be followed by his teammate Johann Zarco.

After qualifying, Quartararo said he was satisfied with his performance in the race for pole. Moreover, he last started at the front in June last year at the Catalunya GP.

“It’s great to be back (to get pole), it’s been a long time, right, so I’m super happy,” said the French racer. “We didn’t make many mistakes during qualifying and thanks to the team for not giving up so easily,” said Quartararo again.

According to Quartararo, his performance is also better when compared to when he went down at the Qatar GP. “I feel my potential (to win) is here,” he said.

Quartararo is not expected to face a tough challenge at the start of the race, considering that his arch-rival, Marc Marquez from Repsol Honda, has to start from 15th position. Marquez had fallen in the first qualifying session. The Spaniard also had a chance to fall in the fourth session of free practice.

In addition, some of Quartararo’s rivals also experienced problems with their bikes. For example, Suzuki Ecstar rider Alex Rins whose motorbike caught fire in the fourth practice session. Rins will start from eighth position during the race.

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Then the champion of the Qatar GP earlier this month, Enea Bastiani of Gresini Racing, had an accident. Marquez’s teammate also experienced the same thing. Bastiani will start from fifth position.

While in the Moto-2 class, the one who got pole was the Inde GASGAS Aspar Team racer Jake Dixon. He recorded the best time in the qualifying session with a time of 1 minute 35.799 seconds.

Meanwhile, the second starting position was occupied by Augusto Fernandez from Red Bull KTM Ajo. Meanwhile, the last position in the front row was filled by Sam Lowes from Elf Marc VDS Racing Team.

Then for the Moto-3 class, the host racer Mario Suryo Aji performed brilliantly during the qualifying round. Mario has the right to start in the front row or rather in 3rd position. The Honda Team Asia rider in the second qualifier scored a time of 1 minute 41,567.

Mario will start on Sunday behind CFMOTO Racing PruestelGP’s Carlos Tatay who finished first and Diogo Moreira, the MT Helmets-MSI jockey. Tatay recorded a time of 1 minute 41.232 seconds and Moreira 1 minute 41.315 seconds.

“Please pray for tomorrow’s race and Mario’s target is to finish in a position (who can give) points,” said Mario. “Incredible, the first front row for Indonesia after 25 years, I can give a surprise for Indonesia,” said Mario. (OL-7)