Dominant Lorenzo Claims Misano Pole

Jorge Lorenzo - Photo Credit: Ducati
Jorge Lorenzo - Photo Credit: Ducati

Jorge Lorenzo broke his own Misano pole position record to claim pole position for the San Marino Grand Prix. The Spaniard saw off surprise package Jack Miller to take his fourth Misano pole position in five seasons while reigning champion Marc Marquez could only manage fifth after a scrappy Q2 session.

With Lorenzo in such supreme form, much of the drama was found elsewhere although that shouldn’t detract from a magnificent display from the Ducati rider. Lorenzo’s opening lap of Q2 immediately launched him onto provisional pole and although his 1:31.763 was already good enough for top spot, that didn’t stop the no.99 going even quicker on his second run, clocking the fastest ever two-wheeled lap of Misano.

Meanwhile, Marquez was pushing his Honda to the limit in his efforts to keep pace with his compatriot and the championship leader overstepped the limit at turn 15, losing the front end of his RC213V. This forced Marquez into a desperate dash to his pit-box in scenes reminiscent of his Austin pit-lane sprint of 2015. Although he did make it back in time for a last-ditch attempt, Marc wouldn’t improve on his own 1:32.016.

This would open the door for the sensational Miller who broke into the 1:31s himself to secure second, while a late flyer from Maverick Vinales saw him deny Ducati a lockout of the front row, pipping Andrea Dovizioso to third. Marquez dropped to fifth while Cal Crutchlow will start alongside in sixth despite a crash of his own at turn one.

Home favourite Valentino Rossi will start seventh ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Johann Zarco while Alex Rins completed the top ten, just ahead of Q2 qualifiers Dani Pedrosa and Franco Morbidelli.


2018 GP Octo di San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini (Qualifying)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
199. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:31.629Q2
243. Jack MillerDucatiAlma Pramac Racing1:31.916Q2
325. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:31.950Q2
44. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:32.003Q2
593. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:32.016Q2
635. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda Castrol1:32.025Q2
746. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:32.028Q2
89. Danilo PetrucciDucatiAlma Pramac Racing1:32.136Q2
95. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:32.250Q2
1042. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:32.338Q2
1126. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:32.369Q2
1221. Franco MorbidelliHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDSNo TimeQ2
1329. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:32.566Q1
1451. Michele PirroDucatiDucati Team1:32.624Q1
1519. Alvaro BautistaDucatiAngel Nieto Team1:32.792Q1
1641. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:33.084Q1
1738. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:33.085Q1
186. Stefan BradlHondaHRC Honda Team1:33.361Q1
1930. Takaaki NakagamiHondaLCR Honda IDEMITSU1:33:437Q1
2043. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:33.502Q1
2145. Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:33.572Q1
2210. Xavier SimeonDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:33.705Q1
2312. Thomas LuthiHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:33.755Q1
2417. Karel AbrahamDucatiAngel Nieto Team1:33.812Q1
2555. Hafizh SyahrinYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:34.080Q1
2623. Christophe PonssonDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:37.180Q1