Lorenzo Strikes First in Valencia Finale

 Jorge Lorenzo struck the first blow in the MotoGP championship-deciding weekend by setting the pace on Friday at Valencia. The Spaniard, who trails Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi by seven points, overhauled FP1 leader Marc Marquez with Rossi, who will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid, fifth overall.

In cooler conditions, the morning session looked set to be the quicker of the two with Marquez on top with a 1:31.250 but a switch to a soft front tyre saw Lorenzo change that in FP2. Having languished down in fifth for much of the afternoon, Jorge clocked a 1:31.111 to climb four places and to confirm his superiority, completed another two laps within a tenth of his own benchmark.

Marquez was only fifth once FP2 had drawn to a close but his morning effort was still good enough for second in the combined times while Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa claimed third, a quarter of a second off the pace. Andrea Iannone utilised the soft rear tyre to grab fourth with Rossi relegated to fifth although the championship leader did show impressive race pace throughout, something he will need from the back of the grid on Sunday.

Danilo Petrucci was sixth quickest for Pramac Ducati ahead of factory rider Andrea Dovizioso with the Espargaro brothers next up, Pol outpacing Aleix. Cal Crutchlow currently holds the final Q2 spot in tenth although Bradley Smith will be under pressure in FP3 having ended day one in fifteenth.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:31.111
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:31.250
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:31.377
429. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:31.444
546. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:31.475
69. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:31.575
74. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:31.642
844. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:31.674
941. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:31.678
1035. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:31.803
1125. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:31.986
128. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:32.044
1351. Michele PirroDucatiDucati Team1:32.399
1468. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:32.412
1538. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:32.508
166. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:32.514
1769. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:32.595
1876. Loris BazYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:32.597
1943. Jack MillerHondaLCR Honda1:32.599
2019. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:32.725
2163. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:32.797
2250. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:33.097
2345. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:33.143
2424. Toni EliasYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:33.411
2513. Anthony WestHondaAB Motoracing1:33.837
2623. Broc ParkesARTE-Motion IodaRacing Team1:34.839