Jorge Lorenzo has taken an impressive pole position at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli after a convincing performance to beat teammate and rival Valentino Rossi who put in a brilliant qualifying session in second, with Silverstone winner Maverick Viñales rounding out the front row in third.
Lorenzo, who started the session on fire putting in a low 1:32 on his very first run, tipped by many to get pole due to his impressive results in the earlier free practice sessions, the Spaniard truly lived up to this expectation when he smashed his old pole lap record of Misano putting in a 1:31.868, three tenths ahead of his previous lap record. Lorenzo admitted after qualifying that “I rode much more aggressive and I was completely delighted, it was maybe the best lap of all my life”.
Rossi, who topped the final free practice session, put in an impressive qualifying session with consistent low 1:32 lap times but was unable to match Lorenzo’s blistering pace putting his M1 Yamaha in the middle of the front row. The “Doctor” however will be pleased with his performance considering he had a lap time cancelled out due to exceeding track limits but he was able to recover the very next lap, putting in a similar lap time to ensure hes the closest to Lorenzo on the grid tomorrow. Talking after the session Rossi expressed that “The session was very difficult as the tyres performance was very different to free practice but second place is very important for us in the race”.
Maverick Vinales moved onto the front row for the fifth time this season, as the Silverstone winner squashed the rumors that the Suzuki struggles in the warmer conditions with a fantastic P3. Talking after Vinales thanked his team mentioning his confidence in the race tomorrow. “The team did a great job, i feel quite confident for tomorrow”.
Marquez who looked set to challenge Lorenzo after the first initial laps but when the Repsol Honda man came out for his final run but he seemed distracted was unable to launch a successful attack on pole and he had to settle for P4 on the grid. The Ducati duo of Michele Pirro (who is replacing the injured Andrea Iannone) and Andrea Dovizioso completed the second row in P5 and P6 respectively.
Cal Crutchlow put his LCR Honda on the third row in P7 also finishing as the top independent rider. Behind the Brit were a trio of Spaniards with Dani Pedrosa, Aleix Espargaro and Pol Espargaro completing the top ten. Hector Barbera and Alvaro Bautista rounded out the rest of Q2 in P11 and P12.
The MotoGP race begins tomorrow at 14:00 local time (GMT+2) with Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi looking to hunt down Jorge Lorenzo from the start.
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