Jorge Lorenzo Secures Masterful Pole at San Marino MotoGP

  • Ducati Team’s Jorge Lorenzo broke his own circuit record to lock out pole position for the San Marino MotoGP.

  • Championship leader Marc Marquez crashed in the early part of the session to qualify 5th.

  • Jack Miller rode a fantastic session to grab the 2nd while Maverick Vinalez will start from 3rd.

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The 2018 MotoGP Championship is back at San Marino after the upsetting cancellation of the British GP a couple of weeks ago.

With one round fewer, all riders want to do their best at this round to make up for lost points; much more at the top of the leaderboard among Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, set al. Marquez leads the championship by 49 points from Rossi coming into this 13th round.

The Ducatis of Dovizioso and Lorenzo had led the way through FP3 yesterday, but Maverick Vinales went fastest in FP4 ahead of Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Marquez and Rossi. FP4 is the untimed practice session, hence this is when teams and riders look for the optimal race settings.

Marquez was the first who posted a low 1:32 time, but it was Lorenzo who turned the tables on him and set the fastest time of 1:31.763s on his very time lap out the pits. It was the fastest lap record on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Marquez then rode as hard as he could in a bid to regain the pole position but slid out. He then hopped on a marshal’s scooter and ran through his pits to ride his spare bike out of the pits with just 4 minutes to go in the Q2 session.

The next two spots on the front row became a contention between Dovizioso, Jack Miller, Rossi and Vinalez.

But in the meantime, Lorenzo managed to go even faster and locked out the pole with a record breaking 1:31.629s.

Jack Miller then secured the second spot on the grid with a great ride, while Vinalez charged up from 8th to displace Dovizioso from the 3rd spot.

Marquez was relegated to 5th, Cal Crutchlow suffered another fall in the closing stages to qualify 6th, while Rossi will start from 7th in tomorrow’s race. Malaysian racer Hafizh Syahrin finished 25th after a difficult weekend.

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