Jorge Lorenzo scores Qatar pole

Jorge Lorenzo will start from pole in Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo will start from pole in Qatar

Defending MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo left it to the end to edge Cal Crutchlow for pole position at the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail Circuit.

The British Tech3 Yamaha rider sat atop of the timesheets halfway through the 15-minute QP2 session, before the Yamaha factory rider set a time of 1:54.714 to outpace the field by 0.202s

“It’s great to finish in pole position, especially knowing Cal was extremely fast over one lap,” said Lorenzo.

“When he did a 54.9, I didn’t think it would be possible to beat it, but I put in everything I could and did a very good lap. So we’re in pole position and have a good advantage and pace for tomorrow.

“I hope to make a good start, just focusing on our own pace.”

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa was third fastest after a session a tough session which included an incident where he and new team-mate Marc Márquez nearly collided.

Andrea Dovizioso had the paddock talking qualifying his Ducati in fourth, while Stefan Bradl also impressed with fifth on his LCR Honda.

Márquez will start sixth for his MotoGP debut, one place ahead of Yamaha returnee Valentino Rossi.

The big casualty of QP1 was Ben Spies. The Pramac Ducati rider failed to make it into the final session, not helped by a crash during final practice just minutes earlier.

Australia’s Bryan Staring will start 23rd.

Position Rider           Team/Bike             Time Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:54.714
2 Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1:54.916 +0.202
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:55.151 +0.437
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:55.160 +0.446
5 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1:55.477 +0.783
5 Marc Marquez Honda 1:55.645 +0.931
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:55.711 +0.997
8 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1:55.870 +1.156
9 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1:56.315 +1.601
10 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1:56.523 +1.809
11 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1:56.667 +1.953
12 Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1:57.064 +2.350
13 Ben Spies Pramac Ducati 1:57.440 QP1
14 Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 1:57.551 QP1
15 Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter-BMW 1:57.926 QP1
16 Yonny Hernandez PBM Aprilia 1:58.058 QP1
17 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1:58.263 QP1
18 Karel Abraham Cardion Aprilia 1:58.271 QP1
19 Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1:58.361 QP1
20 Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter-BMW 1:58.486 QP1
21 Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1:58.755 QP1
22 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1:58.806 QP1
23 Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 1:58.912 QP1
24 Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia 1:59.572 QP1

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