MotoGP: Viñales and Rossi take Yamaha one-two

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Movistar Yamaha duo Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi have taken a one-two for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, with the Spaniard setting an incredible lap seemingly from nowhere to take the top spot away from his teammate at his home race.

Viñales ended the day just inside the outright lap record at the Italian circuit to qualify three tenths of a second ahead of Rossi.

“It was really tough; the rear tyre was sliding so much. But the bike was working really well and the team are working well. We made a big step forward in free practice four and we’ll try another step for tomorrow.”

But Rossi was happy to come home in second after a crash in free practice four and his continuing recovery from last week’s motocross crash.

“Today we did great work from yesterday. My physical condition improved, and we improved the setting of the bike. But everything is very tight. I made a stupid mistake in free practice four and went wide and crashed, and for that the second place is even more important.”

Andrea Dovizioso was the first of the Ducatis in third at their home race, just demoting teammate and test rider Michele Pirro to fourth in the final seconds, ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez.

Jorge Lorenzo heads the third row despite briefly sitting on the front row, ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Danilo Petrucci, demoted from pole after exceeding track limits.

Cal Crutchlow was 13th after failing to progress from Q1, with Scott Redding 20th, Sam Lowes 22nd and Bradley Smith 23rd.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer