MotoGP: Lorenzo decimates outright lap record for pole

Published: 12 November 2016

Jorge Lorenzo will start tomorrow’s Valencian Grand Prix from pole position after obliterating the circuit outright lap record in qualifying.

The Mallorcan’s time of 1’29.401 was 0.6 seconds quicker than the previous circuit best and placed him 0.340 ahead of rival Marc Marquez, who had topped both free practice sessions this morning. 

Valentino Rossi improved to secure a front row start on his Movistar Yamaha, with Maverick Vinales, Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro lining up on row two.


Dani Pedrosa, who tipped off in the final free practice session, heads up tow three ahead if Aleix Espargaro who fell in the late stages of qualifying while Bradley Smith rounds out the top ten.

Cal Crutchlow will start 11th after a fast crash at turn ten, fortunately the Brit was quick on his feet and on his way back to the paddock in a sharp fashion. 

Mika Kallio further improved his quickest time of the weekend to move ahead of Tito Rabat and Yonny Hernandez on the debut for KTM’s RC16.


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