MotoGP: Round #1 Movistar Yamaha Pole Position Report - Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Movistar Yamaha Press Release:

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi pushed hard this evening at the Losail International Circuit to take sixth and eighth respectively on the grid in qualifying for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Qatar.

Lorenzo was the last rider to start the 15-minute qualifying heat to be ensured of some clear track space to push out his flying laps. He immediately dropped under the 1‘55 mark on his first hot run before posting a 1'54.803, to move up to provisional fourth in the timesheets. With less than five minutes left he came in for a fresh set of tires to have another go at a time attack only a minute later. The double MotoGP Champion gave his all on his third flying lap of the day and improved his time with a 1'54.711 lap to finish the session in sixth place, 0.598s off the front.

Teammate Rossi continued to make progress today. The nine-time World Champion was quick to get out on track, making the most of the short time given to post a flying lap. His first stint saw him briefly take provisional fourth position with a 1'55.192 lap, but a flurry of activity then pushed him down four places. Rossi moved back up to sixth in the timesheets with a 1'54.995 before he returned to the pits. He came back out on track with five minutes of the session remaining for a last hot lap. Now back in eighth place, he gave his all and clocked a 1'54.851, 0.738s from pole position. This time briefly put him in seventh place, before the pace of the field picked up. Rossi will start tomorrow‘s race from the third row of the grid in eighth place.

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Jorge Lorenzo #99:

6th / 1'54.711 / 7 laps

“My position is not so bad, considering that a lot of riders have an extra tyre. Winning is very difficult here, because for the moment we haven‘t found the perfect set-up. In FP4 we got a tire that didn‘t have any grip, but in qualifying, luckily, we got the first tyre working very well. The second tire had less grip, but wasn‘t too bad. I made quite a good time considering the condition of the track. We have to work. We don‘t know what‘s going to happen tomorrow on the long distance with the softer tire. It‘s going to be hard to maintain our pace throughout the whole race, but I‘m physically and mentally prepared to give the maximum.”

Valentino Rossi race action shot

Valentino Rossi #46:

8th / 1'54.851 / 7 laps

“I hoped to achieve a better position on the grid, but it‘s not so bad. For sure the second row would have been better than the third, but the bike‘s pace was good and I had quite a good feeling. The pace was not so bad, though Marquez and Dovizioso‘s was better, but it‘s just Saturday. We have to work, try to improve and save the tires as much as possible to have a better pace at tomorrow‘s race.”

Massimo Meregalli - Team Director:

“Another step has been made by both our riders today. We will try to find something for the warm-up to increase the rear tyre's life. The riders are comfortable on the bike and quite satisfied about the way the bike is behaving. I think it‘s going to be a really tough race tomorrow, especially at the beginning, when a lot of riders will be fighting for the front group. In the end, I expect that only a few riders are going to be able to fight for the victory. We will try to find something in the warm-up to perfect the bikes‘ set-ups so we‘re ready to compete.”

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

FRONT ROW:

1.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    1'54.113

2.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'54.330

3.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'54.437

SECOND ROW:

4.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Ducati Team    1'54.521

5.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Pramac Racing    1'54.676

6.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'54.711

THIRD ROW:

7.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'54.732

8.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'54.851

9.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Pramac Racing    1'54.876

FOURTH ROW:

10.    Pol Espargar� (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'55.004

11.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP    1'55.035

12.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    CWM LCR Honda    1'55.123

FIFTH ROW:

13.    Maverick Vi�ales (SPA)    Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP    1'55.246

14.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS    1'55.428

15.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    1'55.604

SIXTH ROW:

16.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    1'55.729

17.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Aspar Team MotoGP    1'55.756

18.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    Forward Racing    1'55.791

SEVENTH ROW:

19.    Eugene Laverty (IRL)    Aspar Team MotoGP    1'55.848

20.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    AB Motoracing    1'55.892

21.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    1'56.187

EIGHTH ROW:

22.    Jack Miller (AUS)    CWM LCR Honda    1'56.287

23.    Loris Baz (FRA)    Forward Racing    1'56.454

24.    Alex De Angelis (RSM)    Octo IodaRacing Team    1'56.793

NINTH ROW:

25.    Marco Melandri (ITA)    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    1'57.934

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