Quartararo takes pole in Malaysia, Marquez crashes
SEPANG: French rookie Fabio Quartararo He took pole position for the Malaysian MotoGP on Saturday in a hard-fought race, when world champion Marc Márquez crashed and was thrown off his bike.
The 20 year old Petronas The feeling of Yamaha, which emerged this season as a key rival for Márquez, reached a faster lap of 1 minute and 58,303 seconds to seal the first place on the grid.
The Spanish Maverick Vinales was the second fastest, 0.103 out of the rhythm, while Franco Morbidelli from Italy completed a first row of Yamaha.
Quartararo, who has so far dominated this weekend in the Sepang circuit, was the fastest in the early stages of qualifying before Viñales took the lead and sought victory.
But the French rider ran a scorching lap in the final stages to beat his Monster Energy Yamaha rival and secure his fifth pole position of the season.
The result is a big boost for Quartararo, which crashed in the Australian MotoGP last week.
However, there was a disappointment for Márquez, who secured his sixth world title last month, after he crashed in turn two, which means he will start in eleventh position in Sunday's MotoGP.
The Repsol Honda rider flipped over his bike when he slipped out of control in the corner, and left the track and fell to the grass.
He got up and walked away, apparently unharmed.
But the poor performance mitigates Márquez's hopes of securing a second consecutive victory at the Malaysian MotoGP and his twelfth victory of the season.