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Nakagami takes 1st MotoGP pole at Teruel GP

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ALCAÑIZ, Spain (AP) — Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami earned his first MotoGP pole position at the Teruel Grand Prix on Saturday, while points leader Joan Mir will start the race behind his top challengers.

In yet another episode of an unpredictable season, Nakagami pushed his Honda to the fastest lap and will start Sunday's race ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Àlex Rins on the front row.

It was Nakagami’s first pole in his third season in the top category.

Mir leads Fabio Quartararo by six points and Maverick Viñales by 12 points atop the standings after 10 of 14 races of this season that was shortened due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Viñales will start from fourth, Quartararo from sixth, and Mir from 12th.

The title race has been wide open all season since the injury to defending champion Marc Márquez that has kept him from competing.

Sunday's race is the second straight held at Alcañiz in northeast Spain. Rins won last weekend's Aragón GP.

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