Jorge Lorenzo has qualified on pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez for the second time in two years after three of the four riders in a position to challenge the Spaniard fell during the session.
|Lorenzo’s on pole but times are close…
Photo: Yamaha MotoGP
After witnessing perhaps the most interesting Q2 we’ve had so far this season, with factory-supported Honda rider leaving it until the very last minute to put a time in good enough to move into the qualifying session for the top 12 riders alongside Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith.
Lorenzo set the fastest time of the weekend within his first couple of laps in the second qualifying session, unexpectedly compatriot Dani Pedrosa joined him at the top in second place a few moments later. Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, who has been on front-row pace all weekend had quite a heavy crash with 7 minutes to go and despite getting back out with 3 minutes to go he had to settle with 4th, ahead of Valentino Rossi who lost the front of his M1 with just 2 minutes to go counting himself out of the challenge.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa had posted a first split 3 tenths under Jorge Lorenzo’s time when he then threw his RC213V at the scenery with a minute to go, ruling him out of a last-lap swoop for pole position. Marc Marquez quietly put his Honda in 3rd, taking his second front row of the season whilst Honda’s Alvaro Bautista rounded out the second row in 6th. More and times below.
Nicky Hayden leads the Ducati effort at the head of the third row, from Stefan Bradl in 8th and Dovizioso in 9th. Surprise of the weekend Hector Barbera’s 10th place on his FTR Kawasaki as lead CRT. Andrea Iannone perhaps slightly disappointed with the middle of the fourth row after showing impressive pace over the weekend – however a heavy fall in FP4 prior to qualifying led to him struggling in the session. Britain’s Bradley Smith rounds out the fourth row on the second Tech 3 Yamaha.
Aleix Espagaro was second of the CRTs in 13th ahead of Pirro on the Ducati lab-bike, whilst Colin Edwards placed 20th after losing the front end in the Q1 session ahead of PBM team mates Yonny Hernandez and Michael Laverty. Lukas Pesek was last after his Suter BMW flew into the tyre wall at high speed on his first outlap…
Times suggest we could be in for a very close race tomorrow… You can view the grid, here.