Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales will start the last act of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, from 4th and 12th position on the grid respectively.

Viñales had already flexed his muscles in FP4, taking first place, and was eager to do it again in Q2. He showed great promise on his first run, setting his YZR-M1 in P1 after his opening lap. Unable to improve on his next try, he was pushed down to second and made his way back to the box.

With less than eight minutes on the clock, the Spaniard arrived at the team‘s garage for a tyre swap and a dash of fuel. He was keen on putting in a challenge for pole in front of his home fans, but to do so he had to find at least 0.130s to beat the provisional pole. He achieved the objective, dropping a 1‘30.178s on his 6/8 lap. However, with three other rivals also bettering their time, the Yamaha rider will have to start from fourth place, on the second row, having finished Q2 0.200s from first.