Lorenzo Smashes Record to Claim Valencia Pole

Jorge Lorenzo destroyed his own Valencia pole position record to see off Marc Marquez in a thrilling qualifying session at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. Lorenzo and Marquez were in a class of their own as both went faster than anyone had gone before around the Spanish circuit with third-placed Valentino Rossi over seven tenths adrift in third.

Marquez had been the pacesetter in Saturday practice while Lorenzo focused on race preparation and the Movistar Yamaha laid down a sensational early marker with a 1:29.849 straight out of the blocks, already the fastest ever lap of Valencia. Marquez slotted into second, albeit four tenths back, and the gap to pole position grew still further when Jorge clocked a 1:29.613 on run two.

Around such a short circuit, riders had the option of three runs in the fifteen minute Q2 session and Lorenzo made full use of that, setting a 1:29.401 on his third flying lap of the afternoon to move pole position way out of reach. Marquez joined him in the 1:29s but second was the maximum he could achieve while Rossi had to make do with third on a 1:30.128.

Maverick Vinales will start his last race for Suzuki from fourth on the grid with Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro joining him on the second row while Andrea Iannone heads row three, just in front of Dani Pedrosa and Aleix Espargaro.

British pair Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow will start tenth and eleventh although the latter was left frustrated by a crash late in Q2 at the high-speed turn ten.


2016 Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
199. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:29.401Q2
293. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:29.741Q2
346. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:30.128Q2
425. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:30.276Q2
54. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:30.338Q2
644. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:30.392Q2
729. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team1:30.420Q2
826. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:30.574Q2
941. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:30.885Q2
1038. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:30.949Q2
1135. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:31.030Q2
129. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:31.203Q2
138. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:30.894Q1
1445. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:31.406Q1
1573. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:31.686Q1
1676. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:31.749Q1
176. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:31.813Q1
1819. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:31.847Q1
1950. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:31.956Q1
2036. Mika KALLIOKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:32.092Q1
2153. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:32.181Q1
2268. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:32.240Q1