Pedrosa Leads Honda Front Row Lock-Out in Spain


The top three qualifiers at Jerez - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Dani Pedrosa backed up his sensational free practice form by taking pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. The Spaniard narrowly pipped his Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez to his first pole since Malaysia 2015 while Cal Crutchlow completed a front row lock-out for HRC in third.

Despite many expecting this circuit to favour the Yamahas, Pedrosa had topped all three practice session prior to qualifying. His team-mate would strike the first blow though in Q2, clocking a 1:38.300 to lead Pedrosa by a fraction, Marc opting for three shorter runs as opposed to Dani’s two run strategy.

The final runs would ultimately decide matters with Pedrosa climbing up to provisional pole, setting a 1:38.249, while Marquez came up half a tenth short despite following close behind the no.26 on track. Crutchlow leapt up to third late on but he was soon forced to leap off his motorcycle when a wasp flew inside his leathers, causing him a great deal of discomfort.

Maverick Vinales was the best of the Yamahas in fourth while Andrea Iannone salvaged a superb fifth for Suzuki despite having to navigate his way through Q1. Johann Zarco completed the second row with championship leader Valentino Rossi down in seventh after failing to unlock the single lap pace from his YZR-M1.

Jorge Lorenzo took eighth for Ducati ahead of Jonas Folger, Jack Miller and Scott Redding with Aleix Espargaro completing the fourth row after escaping Q1, although he would eventually crash in the pole position shootout.

 

2017 Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana: Qualifying Result

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
126. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:38.249Q2
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:38.298Q2
335. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:38.453Q2
425. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:38.677Q2
529. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:38.744Q2
65. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:38.861Q2
746. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:38.908Q2
899. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:38.910Q2
994. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:39.108Q2
1043. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:39.125Q2
1145. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:39.152Q2
1241. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:39.400Q2
139. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:39.090Q1
144. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:39.255Q1
1544. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:39.282Q1
1638. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:39.321Q1
1719. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:39.462Q1
1853. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:39.564Q1
1917. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:39.678Q1
2076. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:39.824Q1
218. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:39.906Q1
2222. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:40.213Q1
2312. Takuya TsudaSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:40.386Q1