Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo toasted his maiden pole of the season after a stunning lap during final qualifying for the Misano MotoGP.

Lorenzo clinched the top spot with a time of 1m 33.238s, ending Q2 0.051s ahead of Pramac Racing's Andrea Iannone with team-mate Valentino Rossi completing the front row.

"Finally after a long, long time, we make a pole position so I'm very proud. From the beginning we've been competitive, not like in Silverstone where we had some issues," said Lorenzo, who had struggled to eighth in Friday's wet free practice.

"It seems like the Yamaha is working very well as Valentino is also very fast. I pushed hard in the beginning but maybe didn't know the perfect lines for the perfect lap.

"Then in the second tyre I made a very good lap time but just in the first section I lost one or two tenths because I made some mistakes and went wide," he added. "From section two I made an unbelievable lap so I'm very proud."

Lorenzo now hopes to make the most of his 'small advantage' as he bids to turn pole into victory during Sunday's race.

"The important thing is tomorrow, it's the day we get the points so we have to make a good start and try to lead the race and win," he said.

"Being on pole gives a small advantage at the start so I will try to make profit of it and push away in the first laps.

"It won't be easy to go away as Vale has a good pace and the others will be there but I'm going to try."



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