Lorenzo Back to his Best with Misano Pole

Jorge Lorenzo showed signs of returning to his best form with a magnificent pole position at Misano. The reigning champion smashed the qualifying record to lead a Movistar Yamaha 1-2 with Valentino Rossi taking second on the grid for his home Grand Prix.

Before the day’s proceedings got underway, confirmation was received that Andrea Iannone would take no further part in the weekend due to his back injury sustained in qualifying. Michele Pirro had secured a Q2 spot on the no.51 but because his entry was changed from a wildcard to a replacement, inheriting Iannone’s bike, his practice times were expunged. Aprilia were the chief beneficiary as Alvaro Bautista took them into Q2 for the first time but Pirro topped the times with ease in Q1, ensuring he would still fight for pole.

In truth though, the fight for pole only truly had one contender despite Marc Marquez clocking a 1:32.783 to lead the way early on. With his first timed lap of the afternoon, Lorenzo leapt straight to the top, going four tenths faster than the Honda, and even though Marquez made a sizable improvement next time around, Lorenzo did likewise to maintain his four-tenth cushion.

On the second runs, Valentino Rossi finally started to stake a claim and although a 1:32.342 was deleted for exceeding track limits at the final bend, the home favourite corrected matters shortly afterwards to claim second. His teammate was well out of range though, Lorenzo having broken into the 1:31s to confirm his 64th career pole.

Silverstone winner Maverick Vinales impressed again to snatch third from Marquez while Pirro produced a sensational effort to take fifth, one spot ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Cal Crutchlow lines up seventh ahead of Dani Pedrosa and the Espargaro brothers as Aleix took ninth and Pol failed to live up to Friday’s heroics, winding up tenth.


2016 GP TIM Di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
199. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:31.868Q2
246. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:32.216Q2
325. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:32.381Q2
493. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:32.443Q2
551. Michele PIRRODucatiDucati Team1:32.467Q2
64. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:32.677Q2
735. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:32.743Q2
826. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:32.859Q2
941. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:32.918Q2
1044. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:33.002Q2
118. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:33.301Q2
1219. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:33.929Q2
136. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:33.399Q1
1422. Alex LOWESYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:33.655Q1
159. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:33.716Q1
1650. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:33.772Q1
1743. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:33.847Q1
1845. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:33.989Q1
1953. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:34.302Q1
2068. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:34.465Q1
2112. Xavi FORESDucatiAvintia Racing1:35.161Q1