Rossi Beats Lorenzo to Pole Position at Jerez

Valentino Rossi stunned his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo by pipping him to pole position in the dying seconds of qualifying at Jerez. For much of the session, pole was disputed between Lorenzo and Marc Marquez but Rossi changed everything with a sensational last gasp effort, securing his first pole since Assen 2015 and first at Jerez for eleven years.

Only three Yamahas took to the circuit for Q2 following Bradley Smith’s elimination in the first session but the YZR-M1 of Lorenzo was straight on the pace, clocking a 1:39.405 on his first lap of the afternoon. Marquez’s opening salvo was only good enough for second, 0.342s off, but by the time the championship leader returned to his Repsol Honda garage, he‘d set a 1:39.064 to snatch provisional pole.

After opting against three runs, Lorenzo ventured back out with four minutes to go and jumped straight back to the top of the leaderboard, breaking into the 1:38s for the first time this weekend. A poor run out of the final corner prevented Marquez from striking back, although he did join Jorge on a sub-1:39 lap, but Rossi had no such issues in the second half of the lap and wrestled pole away from his teammate as the chequered flag flew.

Andrea Dovizioso grabbed fourth on the grid for Ducati, albeit eight tenths off the pace, while the Suzukis of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro rounded out the second row in fifth and sixth respectively. Dani Pedrosa heads row three ahead of Pol Espargaro and Hector Barbera with Cal Crutchlow completing the top ten after navigating his way through a competitive Q2.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
146. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:38.736Q2
299. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:38.858Q2
393. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:38.891Q2
44. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:39.580Q2
525. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:39.581Q2
641. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:39.588Q2
726. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:39.678Q2
844. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:39.720Q2
98. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:39.742Q2
1035. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:39.881Q2
1129. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team1:40.054Q2
1276. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:40.184Q2
1319. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:40.239Q1
1438. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:40.242Q1
1550. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:40.292Q1
1668. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:40.335Q1
1745. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:40.595Q1
186. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:40.835Q1
1943. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:40.968Q1
2050. Michele PIRRODucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:40.985Q1
2153. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:41.039Q1