MotoGP Jerez: Valentino Rossi takes pole position

Valentino Rossi claimed his first MotoGP pole position in 10 months, beating Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez to top spot at Jerez

MotoGP Jerez: Valentino Rossi takes pole position

The Italian set his time of 1m38.736s after the chequered flag had been shown, jumping up from third place.

With pole accompanying front-row starts in Argentina and Austin, it is the first time since 2009 that Rossi has qualified on the front row of the grid for three consecutive MotoGP races.

Before his final lap, Rossi was 0.507 seconds behind, but he found six tenths to beat his Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo to pole - his first since last year's Assen race - by 0.102s.

For most of the decisive 15 minutes, it had been Lorenzo and Marquez contesting top spot.

Lorenzo set the early pace with a 1m39.405s, before he was displaced by Marquez, who set a 1m39.064s.

With two-and-a-half minutes remaining, Lorenzo became the first rider to break the 1m39s barrier with a time of 1m38.858s and while Marquez did the same shortly afterwards with a 1m38.891s, neither could deny Rossi.

Andrea Dovizioso will start fourth for Ducati, ahead of Suzuki pair Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro.

Marquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa wound up seventh, sharing the third row of the grid with Pol Espargaro and Hector Barbera.

Cal Crutchlow and Loris Baz advanced from Q1 to Q2, finishing 10th and 12th, split by the factory Ducati of Andrea Iannone.

Aprilia had a promising showing in the first phase of qualifying, with Alvaro Bautista narrowly missing out on a place in Q2, set to start in 13th place, one spot ahead of Bradley Smith.

STARTING GRID

Pos Rider Team Time Gap
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m38.736s -
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m38.858s 0.122s
3 Marc Marquez Honda 1m38.891s 0.155s
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m39.580s 0.844s
5 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1m39.581s 0.845s
6 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1m39.588s 0.852s
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m39.678s 0.942s
8 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 1m39.720s 0.984s
9 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m39.742s 1.006s
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m39.881s 1.145s
11 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1m40.054s 1.318s
12 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m40.184s 1.448s
13 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1m40.239s 1.503s
14 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha 1m40.242s 1.506s
15 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1m40.292s 1.556s
16 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 1m40.335s 1.599s
17 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m40.595s 1.859s
18 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1m40.835s 2.099s
19 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 1m40.968s 2.232s
20 Michele Pirro Pramac Ducati 1m40.985s 2.249s
21 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1m41.039s 2.303s


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