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Motorcycles: MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

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After wet conditions curtailed the top lap times in the first practice session, dry weather saw Jack Miller claim the fastest time of the day on his factory Ducati, beating Honda’s Pol Espargaro by just 0.012s after the Spaniard suffered a late fall in FP2.

Jack Miller, Ducati Team © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Jack Miller, Ducati Team

Francesco Bagnaia grabbed third place on the sister factory Ducati bike ahead of Suzuki’s Alex Rins and Pramac Ducati’s Jorge Martin, with the Italian calling it his “best Friday ever in Valencia”.

LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami ended FP2 in sixth place ahead of Joan Mir (Suzuki) and Brad Binder (KTM), with Andrea Dovizioso leading the Yamaha riders in ninth as Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) completed the top 10 and provisional automatic Q2 spots.

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That left a frustrated Fabio Quartararo just outside in 11th place for Yamaha, with the new MotoGP world champion admitting he felt “totally lost” on his M1 during Friday practice.

Valentino Rossi started his final-ever MotoGP race down in 21st and last place on the Friday practice times. Tech3 KTM duo Danilo Petrucci (15th) and Iker Lecuona (16th) will also make their final MotoGP race starts this weekend.

Danilo Petrucci, KTM Tech3 © Danilo Petrucci, KTM Tech3

Danilo Petrucci, KTM Tech3

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What time does qualifying start for the Valencia MotoGP?

Qualifying for the Valencia MotoGP is set to start at 1:10pm GMT (2:10pm local time), using the regular Q1 and Q2 sessions format. Qualifying takes place directly after the 30-minute FP4 session which is set to start at 12:30pm GMT (1:30pm local time).

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The fastest 10 MotoGP riders on the FP1-2-3 combined timesheet automatically head into Q2, with the rest of the riders entering Q1 of qualifying. The two riders who are fastest in the 15-minute Q1 session will progress into Q2 to compete with the top 10 from practice. Q2, which also lasts 15 minutes, decides who gets pole position and the qualifying order for the front four rows of the grid.

Date: Saturday 13th November 2021

Start time: 1:10pm GMT (2:10pm local time)

How can I watch Valencia MotoGP qualifying?

In the United Kingdom every MotoGP practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on BT Sport.

Valencia MotoGP qualifying will be broadcast on BT Sport 2, with the programme starting at 11am GMT to also cover qualifying for the Moto3 and Moto2 classes.

TV Channel: BT Sport 2

Start time: 11:00am GMT

MotoGP also offers its own live online video streaming service which is available to stream in the UK.

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What's the weather forecast for qualifying at Circuit Ricardo Tormo?

Dry and sunny weather conditions are forecast for qualifying at Circuit Ricardo Tormo on Saturday afternoon, with a very small chance of rain and highs of 21 degrees Celsius - two degrees warmer than qualifying for the Algarve GP last time out.

MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix free practice 2 results

1 Jack Miller Ducati 1'30.927
2 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'30.939 0.012
3 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'30.995 0.068
4 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'31.336 0.409
5 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'31.396 0.469
6 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.427 0.500
7 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'31.513 0.586
8 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.521 0.594
9 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'31.597 0.670
10 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.603 0.676
11 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.708 0.781
12 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.820 0.893
13 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.832 0.905
14 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.852 0.925
15 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'32.083 1.156
16 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'32.098 1.171
17 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.208 1.281
18 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'32.214 1.287
19 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'32.219 1.292
20 Luca Marini Ducati 1'32.229 1.302
21 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.285 1.358
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MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix free practice 1 results

1 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'40.569
2 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.724 0.155
3 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.730 0.161
4 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.940 0.371
5 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.943 0.374
6 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.015 0.446
7 Luca Marini Ducati 1'41.104 0.535
8 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'41.200 0.631
9 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'41.300 0.731
10 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'41.486 0.917
11 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.512 0.943
12 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'41.547 0.978
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'41.889 1.320
14 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'41.974 1.405
15 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'42.081 1.512
16 Alex Marquez Honda 1'42.158 1.589
17 Brad Binder KTM 1'42.168 1.599
18 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'42.182 1.613
19 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'42.438 1.869
20 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'42.767 2.198
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'52.981 12.412
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Lecuona’s MotoGP farewell “difficult to manage” after pre-race tears .
Tech3’s Iker Lecuona says his final MotoGP outing at the Valencia Grand Prix was “tough to manage” as pre-race tears left his mind “in another world” at the start.Lecuona’s time in MotoGP has been tough, with his debut season last year coming after he’d contested 89 fewer grands prix than fellow KTM rookie Brad Binder having only made his circuit racing debut on production machinery in 2015.

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