Jorge Lorenzo takes Malaysian MotoGP pole

Jorge Lorenzo will start from the pole in Malaysia

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo will start from pole position for the Malaysian MotoGP after holding off Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Tech3 Yamaha rider Andrea Dovizioso.

The Spaniard’s set a new track record to earn his seventh pole of the year and once again sets up another duel with Pedrosa.

Still coming to grips with his Honda after returning only last week in Japan from leg injuries, Australia’s Casey Stoner was fourth fastest ahead of the other Tech3 Yamaha of Cal Crutchlow.

Ben Spies was sixth ahead of Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá. The factory Ducati’s will start ninth (Nicky Hayden) with Valentino Rossi back in 11th.

The CRT grid battle was won by Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró, who qualified in 12th just behind Rossi. Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernandez did not take part in qualifying and will not participate in the race tomorrow, after dislocating left shoulder in a crash on Friday.


MotoGP : Qualifying








1 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 323.8 2’00.334
2 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 325.9 +0.194
3 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 324.6 +0.233
4 Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 321.6 +0.477
5 Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 320.0 +0.844
6 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 320.3 +0.851
7 Hector Barbera SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 316.4 +0.960
8 Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 322.6 +1.157
9 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team Ducati 323.3 +1.192
10 Alvaro Bautista SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 320.3 +1.306
11 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team Ducati 322.8 +1.449
12 Aleix Eepargaro SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 304.7 +2.508
13 Randy de Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 306.2 +3.055
14 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 313.6 +3.440
15 Michele Pirro ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 300.5 +3.818
16 James Ellison GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 303.9 +4.181
17 Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 300.8 +4.392
18 Colin Edwards USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 306.1 +4.607
19 Roberto Rolfo ITA Speed Master ART 303.1 +4.766
20 Ivan Silva SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 299.1 +5.587
Yonny Hernandez COL Avintia Blusens BQR

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