Misano MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo on pole, frustrated at Valentino Rossi

Jorge Lorenzo claimed pole position for MotoGP's San Marino Grand Prix after controlling qualifying at Misano

Misano MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo on pole, frustrated at Valentino Rossi

The Yamaha rider went to the top of the times early on in Q2 and then moved four tenths clear of the field with a 1m32.146s on his second run, bettering his own circuit record from third practice.

Marc Marquez fell just over a tenth of a second short of that Lorenzo effort with his best flying lap at the end of the session.

Despite securing pole, Lorenzo was frustrated with his Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi after the session, having encountered him going slowly on circuit while on his third and final attempt.

Lorenzo felt that he would have improved by a couple of tenths on that lap had he not been held up, explaining that he had made a mistake in the last part of his pole lap.

"He's on the pole anyway so it's not a big problem," said Rossi, who made the front row in third, two tenths off Lorenzo's lap.

NEWS UPDATE: Rossi gets penalty point for incident

Dani Pedrosa was the nearest man to Lorenzo for the majority of the session but found himself pushed off the front row before the end and down to fourth.

Michele Pirro claimed a fabulous fifth place on the extra third Ducati entered for this race, with his team-mates Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso seventh and eighth respectively behind Tech 3 Yamaha rider Bradley Smith.

Silverstone podium finisher Danilo Petrucci was ninth, while Aleix Espargaro, Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro will share row three.

Aleix Espargaro and Crutchlow were the two riders to come through from Q1, with a last-minute flier from Espargaro denying Scott Redding.

Espargaro's Suzuki team-mate Maverick Vinales and Pramac Ducati rider Yonny Hernandez were also unable to progress.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.146s -
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m32.252s 0.106s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.358s 0.212s
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m32.434s 0.288s
5 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1m32.736s 0.590s
6 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m32.801s 0.655s
7 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m32.821s 0.675s
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m32.934s 0.788s
9 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m33.169s 1.023s
10 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m33.187s 1.041s
11 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m33.220s 1.074s
12 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m33.222s 1.076s
13 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m33.340s -
14 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m33.439s -
15 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m33.710s -
16 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m34.093s -
17 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m34.137s -
18 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m34.296s -
19 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m34.333s -
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m34.368s -
21 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m34.468s -
22 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m34.722s -
23 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m34.732s -
24 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m35.385s -
25 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 1m35.406s -
26 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m35.684s -


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