Miller 'excited' to qualify third in Jerez

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Australia's Jack Miller, hoping for an upturn in fortunes after a disappointing start to his MotoGP campaign, has been left "excited" by finishing third in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

On a day when Fabio Quartararo made MotoGP history by becoming the first rider to secure four consecutive pole positions at the Jerez circuit, Miller could not hide his own delight after a turbulent few weeks.

After finishing a lowly ninth in his first two races and having crashed last time out, Miller, who's also needed arm surgery this season, was in need of a boost - and a fine qualifying session on Saturday provided it for the Townsville rider.

"I'm excited! It means a lot to be back on the front row, especially here in Jerez which is quite an important one as it can get pretty chaotic in the first few laps," said Miller, who's currently 12th in the championship standings.

Frenchman Quartararo, the 22-year-old Yamaha rider who won on each of the last two occasions he clinched pole at Jerez, set an early benchmark with a time of one minute and 36.807 seconds.

He was nearly toppled from top spot by his former teammate Franco Morbidelli, who at one point got to within 0.005 seconds of a provisional pole position.

Quartararo's first time ultimately would have been enough to secure pole, but he went even better with a later run.

He ended the session with a best time of one minute and 36.775 seconds to secure first spot on the front row, with a 0.057sec advantage over Morbidelli.

"It felt really good today," Quartararo said.

"Jerez is one of the tracks that I really like. I have ridden a Yamaha four times at this track and four times I got pole position. It's quite an amazing moment, I'm really happy about this."

Ducati teammates Miller (1:36.860) and Francesco Bagnaia will start in third and fourth respectively, ahead of LCR Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami in fifth.

Repsol Honda's former world champion Marc Marquez, meanwhile, put in a career-worst qualifying performance and will start Sunday's race in 14th.