2018 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results | Honda’s Crutchlow Claims Pole

2018 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results Honda's Cal Crutchlow
Honda's Cal Crutchlow

2018 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results

For the first time since the 2016 British Grand Prix, Cal Crutchlow has claimed pole. The Brit’s first pole of 2018 MotoGP arrived Saturday at Spain’s Jerez circuit for round four of 19.

Crutchlow, who won round two at Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo, was strong throughout the free practice sessions, leading Friday ahead of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who dominated at Jerez last year.

2018 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results Honda's Cal Crutchlow
Honda’s Cal Crutchlow

The 32-year-old LCR Castrol Honda RC213V pilot then put in three flying laps during the 15-minute qualifying two session, claiming the pole with a new record of 1:37.653. With his time, Crutchlow topped Jorge Lorenzo’s previous record of 1:37.910 (2015, Yamaha YZR-M1).

Joining Crutchlow on the front row are Pedrosa, who recently had surgery on the wrist he broke during a crash in Argentina, and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Johann Zarco, who joins the Red Bull Factory KTM team in 2019.

2018 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results Honda Dani Pedrosa
Honda’s Dani Pedrosa

Pedrosa finished 0.259 of a second behind Crutchlow, and Zarco 0.303 behind.

“I’ve only been on the front row once since here in Jerez last year, so it’s nice to take a pole position,” Cal Crutchlow says. “We’re here to race of course, and that’s the key point of the weekend, but after bad qualifying in the last two races it’s nice to make up for that and get the pole for my LCR Honda Castrol Team.

“I’m not sure these are the best conditions for our bike, honestly speaking. We have to manage the situation with the front tyre very carefully, but I think we did a good job overall today. We made the gamble with three tires, although I might still have taken pole using just two if I’d needed.

“I didn’t push enough with the first tire. I just wanted to finish the lap and set a benchmark, so I wish I’d pushed a bit harder. Then with the second I found I had more grip than I thought.

“We’ve done the hard work in the winter in the tests and I think it’s all paying off now. I hope for a good race tomorrow and an enjoyable race for myself and all the fans. I’m sure there’s going to be a good battle.”

2018 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results Yamaha's Johann Zarco
Yamaha’s Johann Zarco

Qualifying fourth is Ducati Team’s Jorge Lorenzo, who earned his first podium finish with Ducati last season at Jerez. He is joined on row two by the reigning MotoGP Champion and Circuit of the Americas winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins.

2018 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results Yamaha's Valentino Rossi
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi

Rounding out the top 10 in 2018 Jerez MotoGP qaulifying were Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, Alma Pramac Racing Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi.

The 25-rider grid returns to Jerez Sunday for the 25-lap MotoGP. The race goes green at 8 a.m. ET.

2018 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso

Photos by Luciano Bianchetto

2018 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results

Pos.RiderTime
1Cal Crutchlow01’38.614
2Daniel Pedrosa01’38.642
3Johann Zarco01’38.705
4Andrea Iannone01’38.709
5Marc Marquez01’38.863
6Andrea Dovizioso01’39.068
7Jorge Lorenzo01’39.076
8Jack Miller01’39.102
9Valentino Rossi01’39.248
10Pol Espargaro01’39.311
11Danilo Petrucci01’39.429
12Maverick Viñales01’39.514
13Karel Abraham01’39.541
14Alex Rins01’39.575
15Scott Redding01’39.585
16Mika Kallio01’39.661
17Takaaki Nakagami01’39.694
18Tito Rabat01’39.888
19Aleix Espargaro01’39.899
20Bradley Smith01’39.948
21Franco Morbidelli01’39.951
22Alvaro Bautista01’39.969
23Thomas Luthi01’40.241
24Hafizh Syahrin01’40.488
25Xavier Simeon01’40.663