2014 Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Results

Though Marc Marquez’s was the dominating pilot during free practice at Valencia – the Repsol Honda RC213V pilot lead all four sessions – one huge mistake kept him from earning a 14th pole this season.

The 21-year-old Spaniard suffered a crash at turn four, which slowed his time dramatically. Marquez walked away without injury, but only managed a fifth-place qualifying start for Sunday’s season finale. This was his worst qualifying position since Catalunya last season (sixth).

The story was much different for one of Marquez’s largest threat throughout 2014 MotoGP – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi. The nine-time World Champion found something extra during qualifying, earning his first pole since Le Mans of 2010. This was also Rossi’s 50-career pole in the premier class.

“Getting my 50th pole position in my MotoGP career is a great achievement. It was a bit of a surprise, I didn’t expect it. I knew that I could do a good lap time because I felt really good with the bike,” Rossi says.

“When I pushed the times were already not so bad, but on the last lap I was able to give a little bit extra. To get another pole position after four years is quite emotional. I like it a lot and I’m very happy, especially because it will be very important for tomorrow’s race.”

Rossi earned the pole with a 1:30.843 lap around the 2.489-mile Spanish circuit featuring 14 corners. This gives Rossi a major advantage over teammate Jorge Lorenzo as the two vie for second overall in points behind this year’s champion Marquez. Heading into Valencia, Rossi leads Lorenzo by 12 points.

Joining Rossi on the front row for Sunday’s race is Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Iannone qualified 0.132 of a second behind, and Pedrosa 0.156 behind. Pedrosa is also the most successful rider at Valencia, the Spaniard taking six wins across all classes.

Heading up row two is Lorenzo, who trailed Rossi by 0.206. Lorenzo, who won at Valencia last season, is joined by Marquez and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espagaro.

Row three consist of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith, and the Ducati Team duo of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso, respectively.

Heading up four four is LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, who qualifying just ahead of the final rider to post within a second of Rossi, NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro. Taking the final qualifying position on row four is a wildcard entry, Ducati Team test rider Michelle Pirro.

The riders return to Valencia Sunday morning for the season finale, which will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 with coverage beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET. For a preview, visit 2014 Valencia MotoGP Preview.

2014 Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Results:

Pos
Rider
Team
Qualifying Time
Gap
1
Valentino ROSSI
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
1’30.843
2
Andrea IANNONE
Pramac Racing
1’30.975
0.132
3
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
1’30.999
0.156
4
Jorge LORENZO
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
1’31.049
0.206
5
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
1’31.144
0.301
6
Pol ESPARGARO
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’31.307
0.464
7
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’31.324
0.481
8
Cal CRUTCHLOW
Ducati Team
1’31.359
0.516
9
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
1’31.426
0.583
10
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
1’31.443
0.600
11
Aleix ESPARGARO
NGM Forward Racing
1’31.486
0.643
12
Michele PIRRO
Ducati Team
1’32.617
1.774