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Movistar Yamaha #motogp riders #maverickvinales and #valentinorossi went all out in an intense 15-minute qualifying session at the #lemans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit today, that saw the teammates secure the first two slots on the front row for tomorrow's Grand Prix de France.
Having topped FP4, Viñales stepped aboard his YZR-M1 with great confidence at the start of the qualifying session. As one of the last men to leave pit lane, he enjoyed some free track space and went directly on the attack. He took the top spot with his first flying lap, a 1'33.134s, before being pushed back to sixth place when the pace quickened.
With more than seven and a half minutes to go, he came into the pits for a fresh set of rubber. Two minutes later the Spaniard was back on track, now in seventh place in the timings, and had just enough time left for three more hot laps. He put his mind to it and produced a strong 132.146s for provisional pole, but further underlined his incredible speed with a 131.994s on his next lap, that earned him his second pole position of the season.
Rossi also flexed his muscles during the 15-minute shoot-out. He was quick to head out to make the most of the time available, but decided to let some chasing riders pass at the end of his first hot lap. He moved up to second place on his third attempt, before heading back to the box with six minutes remaining.
The Italian continued his efforts one and a half minute later, setting another personal best lap that moved him up from fourth to second, despite having to avoid a crash from Jack Miller that happened right in front of him. #thedoctor still had some time left for a final push, and improved his time to a 1'32.100s, to keep a strong hold on second place, ahead of Johann Zarco, who made it a full Yamaha front row.
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