Lorenzo edges Pedrosa for Aragon pole

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo will start Sunday’s Aragon Grand Prix from pole position after narrowly edging out archrival and countryman Dani Pedrosa in the final moments of qualifying.

Both riders improved their fastest times in the closing stages of the 60 minute session, with Lorenzo’s 1:49.40s best proving 0.09s quicker than Pedrosa.

Pedrosa’s effort had been particularly commendable after the Honda rider had suffered an early fall while the field tasted dry conditions for the first time all weekend.

Cal Crutchlow spent much of the session atop the time sheets, but would wind up just third despite also improving late in the going.

Ben Spies made in three Yamahas in the top four ahead of an impressive Stefan Bradl, Andrea Dovizioso, Casey Stoner’s temporary replacement Jonathan Rea, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and Hector Barbera.

Both factory Ducati riders endured falls during the 60 minutes, with Rossi forced onto his spare bike before setting the eighth fastest time.

See below for the full qualifying result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’49.404
2 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’49.492 0.088 / 0.088
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’49.576 0.172 / 0.084
4 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’49.748 0.344 / 0.172
5 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’50.034 0.630 / 0.286
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’50.241 0.837 / 0.207
7 Jonathan REA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’50.410 1.006 / 0.169
8 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 1’50.949 1.545 / 0.539
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 1’51.013 1.609 / 0.064
10 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’51.072 1.668 / 0.059
11 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’51.082 1.678 / 0.010
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’51.155 1.751 / 0.073
13 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’51.459 2.055 / 0.304
14 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’51.521 2.117 / 0.062
15 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1’52.606 3.202 / 1.085
16 Mattia PASINI Speed Master ART 1’52.638 3.234 / 0.032
17 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1’52.853 3.449 / 0.215
18 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 1’53.140 3.736 / 0.287
19 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens BQR 1’53.233 3.829 / 0.093
20 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1’53.719 4.315 / 0.486
21 David SALOM Avintia Blusens BQR 1’55.290 5.886 / 1.571

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