Ducati duo keen for Stoner to stay on as Bagnaia takes fifth straight pole

Though
Fabio
Quartararo
already
has
the
MotoGP
world
title
sewn
up,
the
rest
of
the
field
are
still
fighting
for
position
and
second-placed
Bagnaia
set
a
record
lap
time
at
Portimao
in
Q2
on
Saturday
(November
6).

That
effort
saw
the
Italian
sensationally
claim
pole
position
for
a
fifth
straight
race.
This
is
the
second
run
of
the
same
rider
taking
five
poles
in
a
row
this
season
after
Quartararo
also
did
so.

Miller
had
provisional
pole,
but
Bagnaia
snatched
first
place
on
the
grid
away
from
his
team-mate
and
then
improved
to
a
final
time
of
1:38.725.

With
Stoner
a
guest
of
Ducati
throughout
the
weekend,
as
well
as
for
the
Valencia
Grand
Prix,
both
Bagnaia
and
Miller
expressed
their
desire
for
Ducati
to
employ
a
rider
coach
for
next
season,
with
the
Australian

who
won
the
MotoGP
title
in
2007
and
2011

a
prime
candidate.

Bagnaia
told
a
news
conference:
“It
could
be
a
nice
present
from
Ducati
to
have
Casey
as
a
coach
next
year.

“It’s
a
different
point
of
view,
he’s
a
legend
and
it’s
different
to
have
a
coach,
because
in
Ducati
we
don’t
have
a
coach
and
for
me
it
helps
a
lot.

“Maybe
next
year
we
can
have
him.
But
for
me
today
he
helped
a
bit
for
the
last
corner,
the
exit
of
the
last
corner,
and
it
was
useful.”

Miller,
a
compatriot
of
Stoner,
added:
“It’s
fantastic
to
have
Casey
at
the
last
two
grands
prix.

“He’s
got
a
family
and
lives
on
another
side
of
the
world,
so
the
idea
of
that
working
out
I
think
could
be
too
hard
logistically
and
whatnot.

“But
I’d
be
all
for
it
100
per
cent.
But
like
Pecco
said,
it
is
really
nice,
I’ve
worked
with
spotters
on
track
and
he’s
not
a
normal
spotter

let’s
say
it
like
that.

“It’s
Casey
Stoner,
a
legend,
one
of
the
best
ever.
But
I
think
it
is
something
we’re
missing
in
our
programme
and
I
think
it
is
definitely
something
we
need
to
look
at
maybe
introducing
into
the
programme.

“I’m
not
saying
we
can
get
Casey,
I’m
more
than
happy
to
have
him,
but
somebody.”

Behind
the
Ducati
duo,
Joan
Mir
of
Suzuki
Ecstar
claimed
third.
Remarkably,
it
is
the
first
time
the
Spaniard,
who
won
the
title
in
2020,
will
start
on
the
front
row
in
a
MotoGP
race.

“Maybe
starting
in
the
first
row
it
will
help
to
be
more
in
front
and
have
the
situation
a
little
bit
more
under
control,”
said
Mir,
who
expanded
on
a
heated
exchange
he
had
with
Alex
Marquez
at
the
end
of
the
session.

“Well,
Alex
was
following
me
I
think
until
FP3
in
all
the
sessions,
also
FP4
and
the
first
exit
in
qualifying
and
the
second
one
he
was
waiting
again,”
he
explained.

“If
he
didn’t
disturb
me
then
it’s
not
a
problem,
but
in
that
moment
I
made
the
first
lap
quite
slow
to
warm
up
the
tyres;
the
lap
time
was
not
bad,
but
I
was
warming
the
tyres
and
I
had
just
one
lap
left,
but
then
he
decided
to
overtake
me
on
the
braking
and
went
wide.

“That’s
why
I
was
angry.
Alex
came
to
the
box
to
apologise
which
is
something
I
appreciate.
At
that
moment
I
was
not
happy
because
I
could
not
get
the
100
per
cent
today.”

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