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MotoGP Valencia: Valentino Rossi takes first pole since 2010!

Valentino Rossi takes pole position for the Valencia MotoGP season finale.
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Valentino Rossi has taken his first MotoGP pole position since 2010, during the final qualifying session of the season at Valencia.

The result was especially surprising since the Yamaha star had struggled throughout practice, managing no higher than fifth. But The Doctor pulled pole out of the bag by edging 0.132s ahead of countryman Andrea Iannone Ducati's on his very final lap.

Iannone's performance was also unexpected given his arm injuries last time at Sepang.

Dani Pedrosa completed the front row qualifiers on a day when Repsol Honda team-mate and reigning champion Marc Marquez saw hopes of pushing his pole record to 14 end with a fall in the closing minutes.

Marquez still has the chance to become the first ever MotoGP rider to win 13 races in a season on Sunday, when he will start from fifth on the grid, just behind Rossi's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

Rossi is seeking to defend a twelve point advantage over Lorenzo for second in the world championship.

Pol Espargaro claimed the final place on the second row after getting the better of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Bradley Smith. Fellow Englishman Cal Crutchlow will start his last race for Ducati from eighth after outpacing GP14.2 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Aleix Espargaro (Forward Yamaha) and wild-card Michele Pirro (Ducati) rounded out the Q2 riders.

Suzuki will start its first grand prix since 2011 from 20th on the grid with wild-card Randy de Puniet, who suffered a second technical problem in final practice. The other new machine on track - a 2015-spec Honda RC213V-RS for Hiroshi Aoyama - starts 18th after also not progressing beyond Qualifying 1.

Qualifying 2:
1. Valentino Rossi
2. Andrea Iannone
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Jorge Lorenzo
5. Marc Marquez
6. Pol Espargaro
7. Bradley Smith
8. Cal Crutchlow
9. Andrea Dovizioso
10. Stefan Bradl
11. Aleix Espargaro
12. Michele Pirro

Tagged as: Yamaha , Valentino Rossi

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November 08, 2014 2:19 PM
Last Edited 47 days ago

Vintage Valentino, pulling out poles and wins when the script says he shouldn't, since he's returned to Yamaha he's had podium finishes, wins, and now a pole position, there's only one thing left to do and that's win the 10th title! Love him or hate him you all know that Valentino has another championship left in him!!


November 08, 2014 2:32 PM

After MM was out and I saw VR breathing on JL's neck in the final lap I had a feeling he might have a chance for a pole. If he would've been solo like DP maybe it would have been a different story. I hope we'll have at the front a close fight to the finish line without any technical or physical problems.

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