The last race of the season will see Maverick Viñales start from pole for the first time since the Grand Prix of the Americas. The Spanish rider, who can still take third in the overall standings, has a raceday advantage over his rival, Valentino Rossi, who will start from sixteenth position. Also on the front row will be Álex Rins and Andrea Dovizioso. 2018 World Champion Marc Márquez will occupy fifth on the grid, after a crash at the start of the qualifying session.
The Ángel Nieto Team are hoping for a fightback at the last Grand Prix of the year, after Karel Abraham and Álvaro Bautista took eighteenth and nineteenth position on the grid.
Álvaro will target a good result in his final MotoGP World Championship race, but suffered a sensor problem with his bike that constantly activated the traction control system, losing him valuable tenths of a second. He will start from nineteenth.
19th Álvaro Bautista 1:32.568:
“My feeling was a little better today. We were one second off the best time this morning and we weren’t able to enter Q2. The conditions in the afternoon were different, as there were only a few wet parts of the track, and if you made a mistake then you’d run onto the damp patch and fall. In qualifying, with new tyres on in order to push, we suffered a problem with a sensor that made the traction control activate all the time. I could have qualified a little further ahead, but if it rains tomorrow then the race will be long. We will try to get a good feeling and enjoy the race, as it’s the last one for us.”