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MotoGP Valencia: Lorenzo blitzes lap record for pole

Jorge Lorenzo will start his final race on the Movistar Yamaha from pole at Valencia after a blistering lap put him ahead of Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi in Spain.
Jorge Lorenzo blitzed the lap record at Valencia to clinch pole position for his final race on the Movistar Yamaha in Spain.

Lorenzo, a winner at Valencia last year as he wrapped up his third MotoGP world title, has been in sensational form at the final round of the 2016 championship and underlined his qualifying dominance with a red-hot lap in 1m 29.401s to head up the front row on Sunday.

New world champion Marc Marquez was more than three tenths behind on the Repsol Honda as Lorenzo moved into a league of his own, while Valentino Rossi improved dramatically from Friday to complete the front row, lapping in 1m 30.128s as he finished a huge seven tenths back on his Yamaha team-mate.

Lorenzo, who will ride the Ducati for the first time in the post-race test next week, has put himself in the best position possible to bring his nine-year association with Yamaha to a fitting conclusion on Sunday. On this evidence, he will take all the beating as he lines up on the factory YZR-M1 for the final time.

Behind the top three, Maverick Vinales leads row two on the Ecstar Suzuki following a lap in 1m 30.276s, where he is joined by Sepang winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) and Pol Espargaro on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, who was the top independent rider in sixth.

Italian Andrea Iannone was seventh fastest on the factory Desmosedici GP17 on the third row, with Dani Pedrosa also enjoying a solid run in eighth on the Repsol Honda as the Spaniard makes his return from a three-race injury lay-off. Pedrosa's time of 1m 30.574s was 1.173s down on Lorenzo's pole lap.

Britain's Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda were 10th and 11th respectively, with the fourth row rounded out by Danilo Petrucci, who is bidding to seal a ride on Pramac's GP17 Ducati in 2017 in a head-to-head with Scott Redding.

Spain's Hector Barbera was 13th on the Avintia Ducati ahead of Redding and Jack Miller (Marc VDS Honda), with Loris Baz (Avintia Ducati) on row six along with Gresini Aprilia riders Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista.

Northern Ireland's Eugene Laverty will start his final MotoGP race in 19th place on the Aspar Ducati before his switch to the World Superbike Championship in 2017. KTM”s Mika Kallio was 20th on the RC16, lapping in 1m 32.092s.

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

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Marquez, Pedrosa French MotoGP 2017
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Vinales, Zarco, Rossi French MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, Petrucci French MotoGP 2017
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Marquez, Crutchlow, Pedrosa French MotoGP 2017

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November 12, 2016 2:33 PM

Lorenzo will want to bid farewell to his M1 from top step. Marc would want to show he can pass JL in Valencia. Ducati would want to bit farewell to their winglets in best way possible. Vinales would want to beat Rossi before climbing on the near replica of VRs bike. Rossi would secretly wish to hand Lorenzo a defeat as farewell gift...

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