Jorge Lorenzo fires Yamaha to Misano pole

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo clocked the fastest lap of the San Marino Grand Prix weekend in qualifying to claim pole position for Sunday’s race.

The factory Yamaha rider led the qualifying session from the outset before lowering his benchmark with a 1:32.146s to secure the all important pole at the Misano circuit.

Honda’s Marc Marquez emerged as Lorenzo’s nearest rival with the reigning world champion just 0.106s shy of this year’s championship contender.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi was made to work hard throughout qualifying with the nine-time world champion snatching the final place on the front in the latter stages of the session.

Dani Pedrosa held second spot for much of the session before he was eclipsed by both Marquez and Rossi, leaving the Honda rider to head up the second row in fourth.

Michele Pirro proved to be the fastest of the factory Ducatis in fifth ahead of the Tech 3 Yamaha of Bradley Smith.

Andrea Iannone was seventh while Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro completed the top 10.

Australia’s Jack Miller will start Sunday’s race from 17th on the grid aboard the Open class LCR Honda.

Result: MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix Qualifying, Misano 

Position Rider Bike Time Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:32.146s
2 Marc Marquez Honda 1:32.252s +0.106s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:32.358s +0.212s
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:32.434s +0.288s
5 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:32.736s +0.590s
6 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1:32.801s +0.655s
7 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:32.821s +0.675s
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:32.934s +0.788s
9 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1:33.169s +1.023s
10 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1:33.187s +1.041s
11 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1:33.220s +1.074s
12 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1:33.222s +1.076s
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1:33.340s +1.194s
14 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1:33.439s +1.293s
15 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati 1:33.710s +1.564s
16 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:34.093s +1.947s
17 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1:34.137s +1.991s
18 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1:34.296s +2.150s
19 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1:34.333s +2.187s
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:34.368s +2.222s
21 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1:34.468s +2.322s
22 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1:34.722s +2.576s
23 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1:34.732s +2.586s
24 Claudio Corti Forward Yamaha 1:35.385s +3.239s
25 Karel Abraham Honda 1:35.406s +3.260s
26 Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1:35.684s +3.538s

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