Jorge Lorenzo hammered to pole in a sunny Misano with a new lap record, with Jack Miller in second and Maverick Vinales in third.
Going into Q1 the favorites to qualify through to Q2 were Ducati Test Team rider and wildcard Michele Pirro, home town and VR46 Academy rider Franco Morbidelli, Andrea Iannone whom had until today qualified through to Q2 via the free practice sessions, and Dani Pedrosa who has a point to prove before retirement.
Run 1 kicked off with Alvaro Bautista who was first across the line with a 1:33.101 the Angel Nieto Team rider showing that Ducati is on strong form this weekend, Pedrosa then followed with an opening assault of 1:33.008 but was quickly demoted by Michele Pirro who put in the first 1:32 lap of the session with a 1:32.679, Pedrosa immediately retaliated with a 1:32.499 to put him top of the table, Franco Morbidelli put in a fantastic opening run together with a 1:32.624, Andrea Iannone closed run 1 with a 32:5 putting him P2 provisionally with Pedrosa P1 putting in a 1:32.389.
Run 2 started and it was instant heartbreak for the Ducati fans after Pirro fell on the tight trail braking turn 10 ruling him out his chances of getting into Q2, Franco Morbidelli managed to drag a under-performing Marc VDS Honda RCV213V to P2 with a 1:32.454 meaning he managed to get through to Q2 with fellow Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Iannone tried to get tow on his last lap from Dani Pedrosa but unfortunately for the Suzuki man it wasn’t to be ultimately qualifying 13th for tomorrows San Marino Grand Prix.
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Heading into Q2 the clear favorite was Jorge Lorenzo who has looked fierce all weekend, but of course his team-mate Andrea Dovisiozo you can never discount, Maverick Vinales topped FP4 and is looking calm and comfortable, and you can’t ever discount the hometown favorite Valentino Rossi who is sporting a back to the future helmet worded “Back to Misano”.
Run1 started with Jack Miller getting a tow off of Marc Marquez. Marquez opened his session with a 1:32.016, he was quickly knocked from top spot by a top form Jorge Lorenzo who immediately broke the pole position record with a astonishing 1:31.763, Jack Miller went to P3 after his first run with Valentino Rossi putting in a 32.529 and Vinales opening with a 32.570.
Marquez went into the second run and had a high speed accident through turn 15, we saw the Spaniard roll a couple of times and was trying to clip his visor back in as he ran back to the pits, as he got back to the pits we saw his Alpinestar and Shoei men trying to check him but the reigning world champion was to quick and jumped straight back on his spare bike and head out for run 3, meanwhile Jack Miller improved to go P2 with a 1:31.9, Jorge Lorenzo came back in to swap bikes again demanding to have his tires swapped onto his “number 2” bike.
In the closing stages Jorge Lorenzo was yet again pumping in red sectors on his final charge, whilst Marc Marquez nearly lost it all again in the tight turn 10 having to abort his lap, Lorenzo tied up the session with a phenomenal 1:31.629 scoring back to back pole positions.
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Jack Miller managed to put in a excellent performance to put his Alma Pramac Ducati GP17 into P2 with Vinales 3rd Dovisiozo 4th Marquez 5th and Crutchlow who also feel 6th, with Rossi disappointing to only manage 7th.
Who will take glory tomorrow? Find out here.