Vinales beats Miller to pole

tVinales admitted after Friday he was “lost” with the set-up of his YZR-M1 as the grip issues which blighted his Czech GP had carried over.

But the Spaniard was on fine form on Saturday, getting straight into Q2 in FP3 and snatching his first pole since Phillip Island last year.

Vinales set the early pace in Q2 with a 1m23.892s, engaging in a tussle for top sport with Petronas Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo.

The championship leader edged ahead with a 1m23.787s, whith Vinales striking back with a 1m23.716s.

However, this effort was cancelled for a track limits violation, dropping him to third and elevating Quartararo back to provisional pole.

Vinales brushed this off and re-established himself at the top of the timesheets with a 1m23.694s with nine minutes remaining.

In the closing stages, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso – who will leave the team at the end of 2020 – made himself a threat for pole.

Vinales was able to eke out a slight advantage with a 1m23.643s, before Dovizioso bettered this with a 1m23.656s.

One last attempt for Vinales saw him produce a 1m23.450s, which – despite Pramac’s Miller’s best efforts – was good enough for pole.

Quartararo trailed Miller by 0.019s, with Dovizioso demoted to the head of the second row ahead of KTM’s Pol Espargaro – who was left with just one…

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