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MotoGP, Bezzecchi and Di Giannantonio like Pedrosa, Stoner and Vermeulen

This is the first time there have been two or more rookies on pole position in a single premier class season since 2006 with Dani Pedrosa, Chris Vermeulen and Casey Stoner

MotoGP: Bezzecchi and Di Giannantonio like Pedrosa, Stoner and Vermeulen

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Marco Bezzecchi took his maiden pole in MotoGP (setting a new all-time lap record at Buriram), becoming the second rookie to qualify on pole position so far this year along with Fabio Di Giannantonio at the Italian GP.

 

With Marco Bezzecchi (Thailand) and Di Giannantonio (Italy), this is the first time there are two or more rookies on pole in a single premier class season since 2006 with Dani Pedrosa, Chris Vermeulen and Casey Stoner.

Marco Bezzecchi became the 10th polesitter since the opening race, extending the record for the highest number of different polesitters in a premier class season (since poles began to be officially recorded in 1974).

This is Ducati’s 13th pole so far this season, extending the Bologna factory’s record in a single MotoGP season. With Marco Bezzecchi, Jorge Martin and Francesco Bagnaia, this is the 37th successive race where there is at least one Ducati rider within the top three in qualifying. This is the sixth time so far. This is the sixth time so far this year Ducati have locked out the top three in qualifying.

Jorge Martin has qualified second for his sixth front row start so far this season. He will be aiming to take his second MotoGP win along with Styria last year.
Second in the Championship, Francesco Bagnaia has qualified third, which is the 10th time this year he qualified within the top three (although he started fifth in Misano due to a penalty). He will be aiming to become the second Ducati rider to win more than six times in a premier class season along with Casey Stoner (10 in 2007).

Championship leader, Fabio Quartararo, who was on pole position last time at Buriram and finished the race in second, has qualified fourth. This is the sixth successive times he misses out on the front row. He will be aiming to win for the first time since the German GP.

Johann Zarco has qualified fifth, which is the 13th time so far this year he starts from the front two rows of the grid. He is still aiming to take his maiden MotoGP win.

Enea Bastianini has qualified sixth which is the eighth time so far this year he has qualified within the front two rows. All of his four MotoGP wins came after qualifying on the front two rows.

Jack Miller has qualified seventh for the second successive time following Japan, where he won the race. He will be aiming to take his second back-to-back MotoGP wins along with Spain and France last year.

After passing through Q1 for the second in Buriram along with 2018 (on his way to taking the pole), Marc Marquez has qualified eighth and will be aiming to remain the sole winner in Buriram in MotoGP.

Third in the Championship, Aleix Espargaro missed out on Q2 and has qualified 13th, equalling his worst qualifying result so far from the Americas GP. His best MotoGP result at Buriram is P13 in 2018.

With Maverick Viñales in 17th, this is the second time this year the two full-time Aprilia riders have not managed to join Q2.

 

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