Advantage Lorenzo after Valencia Lap Record


Jorge Lorenzo took a giant step towards the 2015 MotoGP world championship with a sensational pole position at Valencia. The Spaniard rode, by his own admission, “the best lap of his life” to claim pole by half a second from the Repsol Hondas of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa while championship leader Valentino Rossi had a session to forget.

With tension at an all-time high, a dramatic session was guaranteed but Q1 provided the wrong kind of action with Maverick Vinales suffering a horrendous highside exiting turn three. The Spaniard landed heavily on his head but, heroically, still managed to navigate his way into Q2 and secure eleventh spot on the grid.

Marquez made the brightest start to Q2 with a 1:30.499, the quickest lap of the weekend so far, and it looked as though his rivals would struggle to match it until Lorenzo ventured out for his second run. Without the slightest sign of a mistake, the Yamaha rider rode an inch-perfect lap to clock a 1:30.011, securing the most important pole position of his career.

The news of his teammate’s pole position would not have helped Valentino Rossi’s mood but a crash at turn eight on his final lap added to the misery. In the session itself, the Italian was only twelfth but in truth, it was merely academic with ‘The Doctor’ relegated to the back of tomorrow’s grid, leaving him 26th.

Aleix Espargaro produced one of the day’s standout performances to qualify fourth despite starting in Q1 while British pair Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith will join him on the second row. Andrea Iannone starts seventh on the leading Ducati ahead of Pol Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso while Danilo Petrucci rounds out the top ten.

 

2015 GP MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA: STARTING GRID

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:30.011
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:30.499
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:30.516
441. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:30.917
535. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:30.948
638. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:31.012
729. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:31.056
844. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:31.080
94. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:31.245
109. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:31.292
1125. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:31.340
1251. Michele PirroDucatiDucati Team1:31.780
136. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:31.824
148. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:31.851
1576. Loris BazYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:31.856
1669. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:32.083
1768. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:32.142
1819. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:32.282
1945. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:32.448
2043. Jack MillerHondaLCR Honda1:32.564
2163. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:32.716
2213. Anthony WestHondaAB Motoracing1:33.049
2350. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:33.066
2424. Toni EliasYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:33.092
2523. Broc ParkesARTE-Motion IodaRacing Team1:33.577
2646. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGPGrid Penalty