Iannone earns Ducati pole as Marquez falters
Andrea Iannone overcame injury to put Ducati on pole position for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello while world champion Marc Marquez struggled.
The Italian, riding with a hairline fracture to his shoulder, claimed his maiden premier class pole position with the fastest ever MotoGP lap around Mugello.
Iannone’s 1:46.489s was 0.095s quicker than Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, who had topped the majority of the session, having set record pace in free practice.
It proved to be Ducati’s first pole position at its home circuit since Casey Stoner’s triumph in 2007.
Andrea Dovizioso completed a strong day for Ducati with the Italian securing the final place on the front row of the grid in third.
While Ducati starred, Marquez endured a difficult day which began with the Spaniard missing the cut in practice to claim a place in Q2.
Worse was to follow with the Honda man eclipsed by Yonny Hernandez and Aleix Espargaro in Q1, leaving him to start from a lowly 13th on the grid.
Cal Crutchlow emerged in fourth position with another impressive performance on the satellite LCR Honda ahead of Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro, who showed no signs of the thumb injury he is carrying.
The third Ducati of Michele Piro was sixth 0.005s in front of Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.
Local hero Valentino Rossi was unable to match the pace of the front runners which left the nine-time world champion in eighth.
Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales was ninth while Tech 3 Yamaha’s Pol Espargaro completed the top 10.
Australia’s Jack Miller will start Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix from 23rd on the grid for LCR Honda.
Result: MotoGP Italian Grand Prix Qualifying, Mugello
|4||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||1:46.657s||0.168s|
|10||Pol Espargaro||Tech 3 Yamaha||1:47.050s||0.561s|
|11||Bradley Smith||Tech 3 Yamaha||1:47.090s||0.601s|
|12||Yonny Hernandez||Pramac Racing Ducati||1:47.423s||0.934s|
|14||Danilo Petrucci||Pramac Racing Ducati||1:47.497s||Q1|
|15||Hector Barbera||Avintia Racing Ducati||1:47.978s||Q1|
|16||Stefan Bradl||Forward Racing Yamaha||1:48.047s||Q1|
|17||Scott Redding||Marc VDS Honda||1:48.120s||Q1|
|18||Loris Baz||Forward Racing Yamaha||1:48.133s||Q1|
|19||Nicky Hayden||Aspar Honda||1:48.298s||Q1|
|20||Karel Abraham||AB Motoracing Honda||1:48.366s||Q1|
|21||Alvaro Bautista||Aprilia Gresini||1:48.477s||Q1|
|22||Mike Di Meglio||Avintia Racing||1:48.503s||Q1|
|23||Jack Miller||LCR Honda||1:48.572s||Q1|
|24||Eugene Laverty||Aspar Honda||1:48.638s||Q1|
|25||Alex de Angelis||IodaRacing Project||1:49.198s||Q1|
|26||Marco Melandri||Aprilia Gresini||1:51.391s||Q1|