Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo secured a perfect pole in front of the Italian crowd, in qualifying for Sunday's 'Grand Prix di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini'.
Having broken his previous best lap in this morning's free practice session, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo kept the pressure on in qualifying this afternoon, taking pole at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
Lorenzo made his trademark early exit from the pits as the 15-minute session began and immediately dropped a first flying lap of 1'32.357s. On a two-stop strategy, he quickly returned to his pit box with ten minutes remaining for a tyre-change and headed back out less than a minute later.
Back on track, he was ready to put the hammer down and bettered his earlier time, clocking a 1'32.146s, another new circuit best lap record, and extended his lead to 0.443s from his closest rival.
With a little more than four minutes remaining, he came in for his second stop. He returned to the track with over three minutes remaining and, though he was unable to further improve on his best lap, his pole position time remained unchallenged, giving him his third pole of the season by 0.106s ahead of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez.
"Rather than pole position, it's more important to always be first or second; I finished first in all sessions, apart from the first practice, under all kinds of conditions, with new and old tyres." Lorenzo said. "I think we did a good job with the bike during the whole weekend and we have a good setting.
"We just need to change the last details for tomorrow. It's going to be interesting to see how the rear tyre drops as this new tarmac is more abrasive. It will be difficult to keep up the same pace during the whole race, but almost everyone will have the same problems and we are prepared to do a very good race."
Though teammate Rossi had revealed his special helmet, that symbolizes how he is being chased by his rivals, he was the last rider to exit pit lane at the start of the Q2 session.
The Doctor started qualifying by setting a low '33 with a first flying lap of 1'33.190 to take provisional fourth. Hot laps by rivals dropped him to ninth, but the Italian had another two laps and set a 1'32.952, moving him up to fifth before going in to the pits with more than six minutes on the clock.
Having been pushed back to seventh, Rossi started his second stint with two and a half minutes of the session remaining. He gave his all and made the crowd go wild when he posted a hot lap of 1'32.358 for third on tomorrow's grid, 0.212s off pole.
The second Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa will lead away the second row of the grid after he qualified in 4th, just ahead of Ducati's Michele Pirro and Monster Energy Tech3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith.
Australia's Jack Miller will start from 17th on the grid.
In the Moto2 class, Johann Zarco qualified fastest while Enea Bastianini done likewise in the Moto3 class.
MotoGP Qualifying Results
1 Jorge Lorenzo 1'32.146 ESP YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2 Marc Marquez 1'32.252 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Valentino Rossi 1'32.358 ITA YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 Dani Pedrosa 1'32.434 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Michele Pirro 1'32.736 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
6 Bradley Smith 1'32.801 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Andrea Iannone 1'32.821 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Andrea Dovizioso 1'32.934 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Danilo Petrucci 1'33.169 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
10 Aleix Espargaro 1'33.187 ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
11 Cal Crutchlow 1'33.220 GBR HONDA CWM LCR Honda
12 Pol Espargaro 1'33.222 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
13 Scott Redding 1'33.340 GBR HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
14 Maverick Vinales 1'33.439 ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
15 Yonny Hernandez 1'33.710 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
16 Loris Baz 1'34.093 FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
17 Jack Miller 1'34.137 AUS HONDA CWM LCR Honda
18 Hector Barbera 1'34.296 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
19 Stefan Bradl 1'34.333 GER FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
20 Alvaro Bautista 1'34.368 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
21 Eugene Laverty 1'34.468 HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
22 Mike De Meglio 1'34.722 FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
23 Nicky Hayden 1'34.732 USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
24 Claudio Corti 1'35.385 ITA FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
25 Karel Abraham 1'35.406 CZE HONDA AB Motoracing
26 Alex de Angelis 1'35.684 ART Octo IodaRacing Team