Lorenzo wasn't the only Yamaha rider on fire either as teammate Valentino Rossi put in a stunning ride to secure third on the front row to the delight of his home crowd, just 0.064 seconds behind Lorenzo.
Putting yesterday’s rain and troubles behind him, Lorenzo was quick on to the circuit for the start of the 15 minute qualifying heat and straight to work. His first flying lap delivered a 1'33.604. He kept pushing for the second lap and shaved a little off to go second with a 1’33.502 before returning to the pits for fresh rubber.
He was back on track in confident mood with a little under six minutes remaining as an intense battle got underway for the front row. A flurry of fastest sections followed by numerous protagonists but it was Lorenzo who emerged the victor, taking provisional pole with two minutes left on the clock after a scorching 1’33.238 second lap time. The lap proved unbeatable, putting the Movistar Yamaha rider on pole for the first time this year.
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 1'33.238
2 Andrea Iannone Ducati ITA 1'33.289
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 1'33.302
4 Marc Marquez Honda ESP 1'33.360
5 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 1'33.418
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 1'33.439
7 Pol Espargaro Yamaha ESP 1'33.557
8 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha ESP 1'33.713
9 Bradley Smith Yamaha GBR 1'33.761
10 Stefan Bradl Honda GER 1'33.995
11 Yonny Hernandez Ducati COL 1'34.283
12 Alvaro Bautista Honda ESP 1'34.640
13 Cal Crutchlow Ducati GBR 1'34.495
14 Scott Redding Honda GBR 1'34.919
15 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda JPN 1'34.966
19 Alex De Angelis Yamaha SMR 1'35.679