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MotoGP Italy: Iannone on pole, Marquez dumped out of Q1

Ducati's Andrea Iannone claims maiden premier class pole with record lap at Mugello in front his home fans ahead of the Italian MotoGP, Marc Marquez on row five after knock-out blow in Q1.
Andrea Iannone raised the bar further at Mugello with another record lap to clinch pole for Ducati at Mugello to the delight of the partisan Italian fans.

In an afternoon of drama, reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez was dumped out of Q1 by Yonny Hernandez on the Octo Pramac Ducati and Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro.

The Repsol Honda rider, who will now start Sunday's race on row five in 13th position, showed his frustration after being pushed back to third in Q1 by Hernandez, throwing his cap on the floor and walking out of the Honda garage.

Meanwhile, Iannone – riding in pain following his crash during a private test at Mugello before Le Mans – smashed the lap record at the spectacular course, which had gone to Movistar Yamaha's in FP3, who lapped in 1m 46.617s.

The Italian set a blistering lap in 1m 46.489s after tucking in behind Lorenzo, who put his factory YZR-M1 in a Ducati sandwich, with Friday's frontrunner Andrea Dovizioso rounding out the front row in third.

Lorenzo lapped in 1m 46.584s as he finished only 0.095s behind Iannone, with Dovizioso clocking a 1m 46.610 on the GP15.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow was the leading satellite rider and heads up row two in fourth on the CWM LCR Honda, lapping in 1m 46.657s to also finish as the top RC213V ahead of Aleix Espargaro on the Suzuki GSX-RR.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro continued to impress as he completed the top six on the second row, setting a time of 1m 46.870s – 0.381s down on Iannone's pole time.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa fared much better than his off-colour team-mate Marquez, slotting into seventh position and is joined on row three by Italian hero Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) and premier class rookie Maverick Vinales on the second factory Suzuki.

Rossi had been down in ninth place before jumping two places on the grid in the closing stages with a lap of 1m 46.923s and will be expected by many to make a mockery of his qualifying position in the race.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 pair Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith were eighth and ninth respectively on their satellite M1s with Hernandez completing the fourth row.

Hector Barbera on the Avintia Ducati GP14 finished as the leading Open class rider behind Marquez and Octo Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci, with Stefan Bradl ending qualifying in 16th on the Athina Forward Yamaha, one place ahead of Scott Redding (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda) with Loris Baz (Athina Forward Yamaha) taking the last place on the sixth row.

Nicky Hayden heads up row seven on the Aspar Honda along with Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Honda) and Aprilia's Alvaro Bautista.

Jack Miller was 23rd on the CWM LCR Open Honda, with Eugene Laverty in 24th on the second of the Aspar Honda machines.

Marc Melandri was considerably off the pace on the Gresini Aprilia in 26th, lapping in 1m 51.391s.

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

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Iannone, Italian MotoGP 2015
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Reddng, Petrucci, Smith Australian MotoGP 2016
Hayden after crash, Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Petrucci Australian MotoGP 2016
Hayden, Australian MotoGP 2016
Barbera, Smith Australian MotoGP 2016
Hayden, Miller Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Australian MotoGP 2016
Pol Espargaro, Australian MotoGP 2016
Rossi, Australian MotoGP 2016
Rossi, Australian MotoGP 2016
Bradl, Hayden, Australian MotoGP 2016
Lorenzo, Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Australian MotoGP 2016
Dovizioso, Australian MotoGP 2016
Hayden, Australian MotoGP 2016

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May 30, 2015 3:21 PM

I assume he used the softer tires. IMO those times shouldn't be recorded as record lap times unless they're done with at least the same type of tires that proper manufacturer class bikes are allowed to use. Not to mention the other concessions like pre race testing at the circuit etc. Just my opinion.

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