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18/10/2020 12:16 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17  -- Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT) riders -- Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli have boosted their chances for a podium finish after securing front row positions in starting grid for tomorrow's Aragon Grand Prix (GP) race at the Aragon Circuit in Spain.

In today's qualifying session, MotoGP championship leader Quartararo, displayed a sensational ride after posting the fastest lap of 1 minute 47.076 seconds, thus claiming his fourth pole position this season.

Earlier, Quartararo was involved in a heavy crash during the third practice session, and he was rushed to a medical centre, but he was declared fit by the medical officer since there was no major injury on his body.

The 21-year-old Frenchman had secured back-to-back pole positions at the Spanish GP and Andalucia GP at the Jerez Circuit, besides the recent French GP at the Le Mans Circuit.

"Honestly after the crash (in the morning), I thought that I could not ride in the afternoon (for the qualifying session). When I fell from the crash, I felt quite bad.

"It was very tough for me as I was involved in a crash, yesterday morning before another crash today. Normally I will always take some time to be back, and the FP4 is not bad at all, but I could do better (lap timing)," he said.

His teammate Morbidelli, came in fourth after posting a time of 1 minute 47.317 seconds.

Monster Energy Yamaha rider, Spaniard Maverick Vinales and Great Britain rider, Cal Crutchlow of LCR Honda Castrol, will start tomorrow's race in second and third places after posting a time of 1:47.122 seconds and  1:47.305 seconds, respectively.

Meanwhile, Petronas Sprinta Racing Moto3 riders-- John McPhee of Scotland, and Malaysian Khairul Idham Pawi came in tenth and 28th place after clocking 1 minute 58.550 seconds and 2 minute 00.135 seconds, respectively.

-- BERNAMA

 

 

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