Jorge Lorenzo controlled his rivals to claim a first pole position of the season in front of his home fans at the Spanish MotoGP.

The Movistar Yamaha rider, the dominant force in free practice, was never headed during the 15-minute Qualifying 2 shootout.

Lorenzo used a three-stop strategy more familiar to rival Marc Marquez as he continually improved his pole time, culminating in a record lap of 1m 37.910s and a 0.390s advantage over Marquez.

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The #99 will now aim to use pole as a springboard for his first podium of the season on Sunday.

Reigning champion Marquez, riding with a fractured little finger, had fallen in final practice - prompting him to decide against trying a three-stop run this afternoon.

Ducati's Andrea Iannone completes the front row, setting a best lap 0.558s behind Lorenzo while using the special soft rear tyre. However all of the front runners are expected to use the same hard front/medium rear combination in the race.

Lorenzo's team-mate and championship leader Valentino Rossi looks a close match on race pace and will start from the middle of row two, with the Espargaro brothers on either side. Suzuki's Aleix was visibly unhappy at towing Pol's Tech 3 Yamaha to second place early in the session, the pair eventually qualifying fourth and sixth.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow and Iannone's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were the final riders within one-second of Lorenzo, in seventh and eighth. Yonny Hernandez (Pramac Ducati), Bradley Smith (Tech 3), Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) and Scott Redding completed the Q2 twelve.

No Open class riders made it to the final stage of qualifying, with Avintia's Hector Barbera starting from 13th.

1. Jorge Lorenzo
2. Marc Marquez
3. Andrea Iannone
4. Pol Espargaro
5. Valentino Rossi
6. Aleix Espargaro
7. Cal Crutchlow
8. Andrea Dovizioso
9. Yonny Hernandez
10. Bradley Smith
11. Danilo Petrucci
12. Scott Redding