MotoGP 2016: Jorge Lorenzo takes record pole at Valencia
Jorge Lorenzo on his way to a lap-record shattering pole position at Valencia
The final race of the 2016 MotoGP season is upon us, and Jorge Lorenzo has managed to take a fine pole position at Valencia. The Spaniard managed to set a lap record of 1min 29.401sec, that put him at the head of the timing sheets, and at the very head of the grid.
Second spot on the grid went to Marc Marquez, the Repsol Honda rider ending the qualifying session three-tenths behind his Yamaha rival. The third place on the front row of the grid went to Valentino Rossi, who managed to recover from poor pace on Friday. Rossi's best attempt of 1min 30.128sec was still seven-tenths behind that of his Yamaha team-mate.
The second row of the grid sees Maverick Vinales at the head, clocking a time of 1min 30.276sec astride his Ecstar Suzuki. Fifth place goes to Andrea Dovizioso, astride the Ducati, while Pol Espargaro took his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha to sixth on the grid.
The seventh-fastest time was set by Andrea Iannone, while Dani Pedrosa (back after missing three races due to injury) took eighth on the grid. Aleix Espargaro took the second of the Suzukis to ninth on the grid.
Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci took 10th, 11th and 12th spots, completing the fourth row of the grid, rounding up the list of Q2 riders.