Moto2: Morbidelli beats Marquez in Marc VDS battle

Published: 03 June 2017

Franco Morbidelli has won the latest instalment of the Marc VDS Moto2 battle over teammate Alex Marquez by taking pole position for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, as the pair look set to maintain the team’s 100% win record in the class this season.

Morbidelli took the top spot from his teammate by a mere 0.036 – and says he’s looking forward to the fight between the pair tomorrow in the race proper.

“It feels fantastic to be on pole position in front of my home crowd and the atmosphere today was incredible. I got the perfect drive coming out of the last corner to get in behind Hernandez and I am so happy it was enough to take pole position on a track where I’ve never been strong in the past.

“Tomorrow is when we fight for points and I must stay calm because 21-laps in these hot conditions will be very difficult. But it would mean a lot for me to win here in Mugello. The crowd have really got behind me and it would be brilliant to reward their support with a victory. It would be amazing but I have to keep in mind that the World Championship is very important and I can’t take silly risks just to win at home.”

Mattia Pasini was a home favourite in third, with Thomas Luthi, Takaaki Nakagami and a strong showing from Luca Marini rounding out the second row of the grid.

Danny Kent was the top Brit in 12th on his Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex replacement ride for the injured Iker Leucona, while Tarran Mackenzie was 33rd on the Kiefer Racing Suter.