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.
2016 GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPANA (QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION)
|1||46. Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:38.736||Q2|
|2||99. Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:38.858||Q2|
|3||93. Marc MARQUEZ||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:38.891||Q2|
|4||4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:39.580||Q2|
|5||25. Maverick VINALES||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:39.581||Q2|
|6||41. Aleix ESPARGARO||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||1:39.588||Q2|
|7||26. Dani PEDROSA||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:39.678||Q2|
|8||44. Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:39.720||Q2|
|9||8. Hector BARBERA||Ducati||Avintia Racing||1:39.742||Q2|
|10||35. Cal CRUTCHLOW||Honda||LCR Honda||1:39.881||Q2|
|11||29. Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:40.054||Q2|
|12||76. Loris BAZ||Ducati||Avintia Racing||1:40.184||Q2|
|13||19. Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:40.239||Q1|
|14||38. Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:40.242||Q1|
|15||50. Eugene LAVERTY||Ducati||Aspar MotoGP Team||1:40.292||Q1|
|16||68. Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||Aspar MotoGP Team||1:40.335||Q1|
|17||45. Scott REDDING||Ducati||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||1:40.595||Q1|
|18||6. Stefan BRADL||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||1:40.835||Q1|
|19||43. Jack MILLER||Honda||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||1:40.968||Q1|
|20||50. Michele PIRRO||Ducati||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||1:40.985||Q1|
|21||53. Tito RABAT||Honda||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||1:41.039||Q1|