Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Franco Morbidelli and Álex Márquez were the undoubted stars of the show in today’s Moto2 qualifying session... Álex Márquez to begin from the front row in Mugello

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Franco Morbidelli and Álex Márquez were the undoubted stars of the show in today’s Moto2 qualifying session at the spectacular Mugello track in Italy.

Márquez looked well set to take top spot when he fired in a stunning early lap of 1’51.715 that kept him at the top of the standings until Morbidelli’s late heroics.

Márquez though was still delighted to secure his fifth front row start in six races this season, with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS celebrating its third qualifying 1-2 of a dominant 2017 campaign.

Despite missing out on pole position by just 0.036s, Márquez is confident he can battle Morbidelli for the win in what is anticipated to be the first 100,000 plus crowd for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello tomorrow.

Álex Márquez: 2nd – 1’51.715

“I am happy to be on the front row again and it was very close to being pole position. I think we made the perfect strategy to attack in the first laps and I’m happy because my best lap was done all on my own. I knew even after only three laps when I did my best time that the only way my time could be beaten would be with the help of a slipstream and that’s what happened. Second is still a good result but I am expecting a hard race for both the body and the bike. It will be physically demanding in the hot conditions and we need to pay attention to the tyres because in the heat the grip is not so easy to find. But I am confident I can fight for the win in the home of my teammate!”

Source – Marc VDS