Bagnaia wins pole in Jerez with a lap that sets a new record.

Bagnaia Takes First Pole At Jerez With A Record-Breaking Lap

Francesco Bagnaia of the Ducati Lenovo Team achieved an all-time lap record of 1:36.170 in the second qualifying session for MotoGP at the Circuito de Jerez this weekend, depriving Fabio Quartararo his sixth consecutive pole position in Andalucia.

Jorge Martin of Pramac Racing crashed on the first corner of the course during the first part of qualifying. Following that, the remainder of the racers returned to work in the Spanish GP qualifying round, with Quartararo leading the way with a time of 1:36.790. For a little moment, Bagnaia stood on top of the leaderboards, clocking a time of 1:36.863, until Quartararo snatched the pole.

Something unusual happened after another three minutes of the session. Bagnaia not only beat Quartararo, but he also smashed the lap record at Jerez, which stood at 1:36.70, set by none other than Fabio Quartararo himself in the 2020 GP. Even though Bagnaia set a personal best of 1:37.623 this weekend in Jerez, he now retains the current lap record.

Not to be outdone by the Italian, the defending champion launched a counter-time attack, attempting to match or better the Italian's time.Quartararo improved his lap time during the assault, but he was still roughly four tenths of a second (+0.453) slower than Bagnaia's record-breaking lap once the cards were down.

Francesco Bagnaia of the Ducati Lenovo Team will start from pole position this weekend in Jerez, followed by Fabio Quartararo of Yamaha and Aleix Espargaro of Aprilia. The top three pole positions for the Spanish Grand Prix set qualifying times in the 36s, but only Bagnaia came close to breaking the 36-second barrier.

The Spanish Grand Prix could be a thrilling race to witness this weekend, and it starts at 2:00 p.m. local time. With Quartararo starting from the second pole position and Bagnaia in first, the French racer will undoubtedly be pumped. Bagnaia, on the other hand, appears to be in excellent shape this weekend in Jerez and will undoubtedly put up a fight.

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