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MotoGP Misano: Lorenzo blitzes pole record, Rossi on front row

Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo blasted the pole record at Misano to clinch the top spot ahead of Marc Marquez as MotoGP title leader Valentino Rossi seals final place on row one.
Jorge Lorenzo set a new pole lap record at Misano with a blistering lap on the Movistar Yamaha to stamp his authority on final qualifying in San Marino.

Lorenzo, gunning to close the 12-point deficit to team-mate Valentino Rossi after losing ground in the MotoGP World Championship with a fourth place finish in the rain at Silverstone, clocked a stunning time of 1m 32.146s to head up row one as he blitzed Marc Marquez's previous record of 1m 32.915s.

Repsol Honda's Marquez was unable to do anything about Lorenzo's red-hot pace and had to settle for the middle of the front row in second place on the RC213V, 0.106s in arrears after a lap of 1m 32.252s in Q2.

A front row start was a crucial requirement for home hero Rossi at Misano and the Doctor pulled it out of the bag during his final flying run, closing the gap to Lorenzo to 0.212s after finding himself a huge eight tenths behind his team-mate after the first time attack.

It was a terrific effort by Rossi, who had struggled somewhat during free practice on Friday.

The 36-year-old though took some flak from Lorenzo, who felt Rossi cost him an improvement of 'one or two tenths' on his final lap when he encountered the nine-time world champion at the penultimate corner.

Dani Pedrosa looked set to secure his place on the front row earlier in the session but in the end was bumped down to fourth place and heads up row two on the second Repsol Honda, where he is joined by the excellent Michele Pirro on the Ducati.

Test rider Pirro, having his second wildcard outing of the season, upstaged Ducati's factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone with a brilliant ride on the GP15, setting his best time in 1m 32.736s as he finished 0.590s behind Lorenzo.

British rider Bradley Smith had been as high as fourth on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 but slipped back to sixth on the satellite machine as he sealed the final place on the second row.

Iannone and Dovizioso line up alongside one another on an all-Ducati third row, which is completed by Silverstone sensation Danilo Petrucci, who is making his debut on the GP14.2 machine for Pramac this weekend.

Petrucci's time was one second off Lorenzo's pole lap, while Iannone and Dovizioso were six and seven tenths slower than the factory Yamaha rider respectively.

Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda – who progressed from Q1 – plus Pol Espargaro were the top 12 qualifiers.

Espargaro became another victim of Misano's Turn 10 early in Q2 on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, escaping injury.

Scott Redding on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda, Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) and Yonny Hernandez (Octo Pramac Ducati) finalised the first 15, while Loris Baz was the leading Open class rider in 16th on the Forward Yamaha ahead of Jack Miller (LCR Honda).

Ireland's Eugene Laverty, who headed the Open class times on Friday, finished 21st with his Aspar Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden languishing in 23rd position on the grid.

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

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September 12, 2015 2:38 PM

Lorenzo feeling the pressure. Rossi cool as a cucumber, as always. Rossi will find the extra time tomorrow's free practice and will win with lorenzo a close second. MM will end up in the kitty litter.


September 12, 2015 3:18 PM

Lorenzo put everything he had into that lap and yet he looks to his left and sees a very happy smiley Valentino who's only 2/10ths off the pole. Valentino is just being himself and slowly ramping it up.

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