Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) set a scintillating lap mid-way through qualifying at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo and that proved enough for pole for the championship leader ahead of MotoGP’s title showdown – despite then taking a tumble after a front end washout on his final run. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was second after improving on his final lap, three tenths off polesitter Marquez, with Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completing the front row in another show of good pace in the season finale.
Friday’s fastest Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) heads up the second row after a fast crash when setting red sectors, with the five-time world champion only a tiny margin off a top-3 start at the venue where he holds the pole lap, race lap and most premier class wins records. The rider with the most victories at the circuit across all classes, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), is just behind Lorenzo in fifth. Ducati Team test rider and wild card Michele Pirro completes the second row.
Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completed the top 10, ahead of Q1 graduate Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who went 11th fastest but will start from pitlane due to an engine penalty. Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) takes P12 and was another to crash in the session, moving one place forward on race day as Espargaro’s penalty shuffles the grid forward.
That’s good news for Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) after a tough day, qualifying in P13 and gaining one place. He’s followed by Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Q1 faller Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda).
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