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Lorenzo demolishes the record in Valencia

Nips Marquez by 3/10ths
Saturday, November 12, 2016


Lorenzo charges to pole
Lorenzo charges to pole

Six tenths have been taken off the record Best Lap at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valencia, as Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) decimated his previous laptime from 2015 as well as the majority of the field. Only Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was left with a gasp at knocking his great rival off pole, but the number 93 eventually crossed the line 3/10s back – the only other rider to get into the 1:29s, and the only other rider to get under the previous record.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) got over some of his Friday afternoon woes in Q2 to complete the front row – but seven tenths off the pace of teammate Lorenzo on pole.

Maverick Vinales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) heads the second row in his final appearance for the Hamamatsu factory, ahead of Sepang winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro in his final appearance for the Tech 3 squad.

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) qualified in P7 as he continues to recover from cracked vertebrae sustained in Misano, with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) impressing on his return to competition despite his ongoing recovery following a collarbone break in Motegi. The ‘Baby Samurai’ went straight through to Q2 and then qualified in P8 for the season finale of 2016.

Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) qualified in ninth after a crash in the session, with Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the top ten after also moving straight through to Q2.

After leading the charge from Q1, a crash for Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) saw the Brit rushing back to the pits for his second bike, then completing the session in P11. Octo Pramac Yakhnich rider Danilo Petrucci completes the Q2 timings in P12, after coming through Q1 alongside Crutchlow.

Sunday dawns with the end of an era, and a history-making year, as Lorenzo faces his final race in Yamaha colors – from another record-breaking pole.


Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeTimeGap 1stPrev.
199Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'29.4010.0000.000
293Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'29.7410.3400.340
346Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'30.1280.7270.387
425Maverick VINALESSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki1'30.2760.8750.148
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati1'30.3380.9370.062
644Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'30.3920.9910.054
729Andrea IANNONEITADucati TeamDucati1'30.4201.0190.028
826Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'30.5741.1730.154
941Aleix ESPARGAROSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki1'30.8851.4840.311
1038Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'30.9491.5480.064
1135Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda1'31.0301.6290.081
129Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati1'31.2031.8020.173
Cutoff  Q1CutoffGap 13th
1335Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda1'30.5440.0000.000
149Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati1'30.8150.2710.271
158Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingDucati1'30.8940.3500.079
1645Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati1'31.4060.8620.512
1743Jack MILLERAUSEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'31.6861.1420.280
1876Loris BAZFRAAvintia RacingDucati1'31.7491.2050.063
196Stefan BRADLGERAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'31.8131.2690.064
2019Alvaro BAUTISTASPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'31.8471.3030.034
2150Eugene LAVERTYIRLPull & Bear Aspar TeamDucati1'31.9561.4120.109
2236Mika KALLIOFINRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'32.0921.5480.136
2353Tito RABATSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'32.1811.6370.089
2468Yonny HERNANDEZCOLPull & Bear Aspar TeamDucati1'32.2401.6960.059


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