Three-time Moto GP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo will start on pole for tomorrow’s San Marino Grand Prix. Lorenzo set a new lap record around the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli with a time of a 1.31.629, beating the previous one set by him in 2016 in which he set a 1.31.868. Alma Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller will start second with Maverick Vinales starting third.
Lorenzo set the pace early on with a blistering lap of 1.31.763 that seemingly, no one could match. Marc Marquez pushed very hard on his first flying lap of his second run to try and grab pole position, but unfortunately for the Spaniard, he lost the front end turning into turn fifteen.
However, those who know Marquez know that he doesn’t let any crash ruin his qualifying. And so, he jumped back up, sprinted back into the garage and got on his spare bike for the final four minutes of the session, giving him time for two more flying laps. Unfortunately, he could not do what he did in Texas a couple of years ago and failed to improve his time from earlier on in the session.
Meanwhile, whilst this was happening, Vinales jumped up from seventh fastest to third in the final minute of the session, dropping Marquez to fourth before Andrea Dovizioso went fourth fastest dropping Marquez to fifth. At the same time, Lorenzo went quicker again setting a 1.31.629 on his final flying lap, securing another pole position.
Speaking about his qualifying, Lorenzo commented, “You know, all the riders, we push, we take the speed and push the limits in qualifying and finally the lap times were impressive. For me, the most impressive thing was my first flying lap – I didn’t think it would be possible to improve, but I put the soft tyre on for the last run and this gave me a little more corner speed and lean angle in the corners and we can improve almost two tenths more to set this impressive lap time.”
We’re all set for yet another fascinating Moto GP race tomorrow as the Championship fight hots up between Championship leader Marc Marquez and pole sitter, Jorge Lorenzo.
By Jordan Hollands