Motorcycle Racing News MotoGP 2014 Misano Qualifying Results | Lorenzo Earns 1st Pole of Season

2014 Misano Qualifying Results | Lorenzo Earns 1st Pole of Season

2014 Misano Qualifying Results

Conditions changed drastically from Friday to Saturday at the Misano Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Friday’s practice saw non-stop rainfall, causing a record day of 62 crashes throughout all three classes (MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3).

But on Saturday for the final two free practices of the San Marino Grand Prix and, more importantly qualifying, conditions were optimal, the warm and dry track allowing for much faster lap times.

How much faster? Over 15 seconds than Ducati Team GP13 pilot Andrea Dovizioso’s best time on a drenched Friday.

And the man leading it all during qualifying was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo, who won the last-three consecutive races at Misano. The YZR-M1 pilot posted a best time of 1:33.238 to secure his first pole of 2014 MotoGP, and his first since Motegi 2013.

This time became a new Fastest Lap (on qualifying rubber) and was under the Circuit Record (under race conditions) of 1:33.906 set by Lorenzo in 2011.

Qualifying on the front row with Lorenzo were Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, who led the third- and fourth-practice sessions, and Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi, respectively.

When the second qualifying session began, Lorenzo went directly to work, posting a 1:33.604. He kept pushing, setting a lap of 1:33.502 on his second try. Lorenzo then returned to the pits for fresh rubber, and with two minutes remaining posted his best lap of 1:33.238, which no one could beat.

“Finally after a long, long time, we make a pole position so I’m very proud. From the beginning we’ve been competitive, not like in Silverstone where we had some issues. It seems like the Yamaha is working very well as Valentino is also very fast. I pushed hard in the beginning but maybe didn’t know the perfect lines for the perfect lap,” Lorenzo says.

“Then in the second tyre I made a very good lap time but just in the first section I lost one or two tenths because I made some mistakes and went wide. From section two I made an unbelievable lap so I’m very proud. The important thing is tomorrow, it’s the day we get the points so we have to make a good start and try to lead the race and win.

“Being on pole gives a small advantage at the start so I will try to make profit of it and push away in the first laps. It won’t be easy to go away as Vale has a good pace and the others will be there but I’m going to try.”

Iannone and Rossi weren’t far behind, trailing 0.051 of a second and 0.064 respectively. As for Rossi, he took a huge spill on Friday, hurting his ankle, but showed no signs of slowing on Saturday.

Qualifying on top of the second row was Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. The reigning MotoGP Champion, who won 11 of 12 races so far this season, qualified 0.122 of a second behind Lorenzo.

Joining Marquez on the second row were his teammate Dani Pedrosa, who was 0.180 of a second behind, and Friday’s leader Dovizioso, who was 0.201 behind.

The third row consists of Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Pol Espargaro and his brother Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing), along with the the English rider Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).

Heading up the fourth row is LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, who will be joined by Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati’s Yonny Hernandex and GO&FUN Honda’s Alvaro Bautista.

The riders return to the Misano Circuit Sunday for the San Marino Grand Prix, round 13 of 18 in 2014 MotoGP.

Fox Sports 1 will provide live coverage beginning at 7 a.m. ET; the broadcast also features a reply of Silverstone MotoGP, which was won by Marquez.

2014 Misano MotoGP Qualifying Results (riders from Q1 shaded in Gray):

Pos
Rider
Team
QP2 Time
Gap
1
Jorge LORENZO
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
1’33.238
2
Andrea IANNONE
Pramac Racing
1’33.289
0.051
3
Valentino ROSSI
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
1’33.302
0.064
4
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
1’33.360
0.122
5
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
1’33.418
0.180
6
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
1’33.439
0.201
7
Pol ESPARGARO
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’33.557
0.319
8
Aleix ESPARGARO
NGM Forward Racing
1’33.713
0.475
9
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’33.761
0.523
10
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
1’33.995
0.757
11
Yonny HERNANDEZ
Energy T.I. Pramac Racing
1’34.283
1.045
12
Alvaro BAUTISTA
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
1’34.283
1.402

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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