Lorenzo claims first pole of 2016 in Qatar

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 19 Mar 2016

Lorenzo takes first pole of 2016

World Champion Jorge Lorenzo will start on pole position for the first round of this year’s MotoGP championship in Qatar.

The Spaniard held off late attacks from Vinales, Iannone and Rossi to keep hold of pole position with a time set at the end of his first run in the Q1 qualifying session.

The #99 Movistar Yamaha is joined on the front row by fellow Spaniards Marc Marquez and Maverick Vinales, with Andrea Iannone missing out on a front row start after a coming into traffic on his final flying lap.

The Maniac heads up an all-Italian second row, with Rossi qualifying fifth ahead of the second Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso.

Dani Pedrosa leads row three from Hector Barbera and Pol Espargaro, while British trio Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith and Scott Redding round out the top 12.

MotoGP Qatar – Qualifying Result

  1. Jorge Lorenzo – Movistar Yamaha – 1’54.543
  2. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda – 1’54.634
  3. Maverick Vinales – Suzuki – 1’54.638
  4. Andrea Iannone – Ducati Team – 1’54.693
  5. Valentino Rossi – Movistar Yamaha – 1’54.815
  6. Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team – 1’54.963
  7. Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – 1’55.078
  8. Hector Barbera – Avintia Racing Ducati – 1’55.165
  9. Pol Espargaro – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1’55.302
  10. Cal Crutchlow – LCR Honda – 1’55.352
  11. Bradley Smith – Monster Tech 3 Yamaha – 1’55.414
  12. Scott Redding – Pramac Ducati – 1’55.508
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