Jorge Lorenzo has claimed his first pole position of the 2014 Moto GP season in qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano today.
In a season that has been dominated by Honda’s Marc Marquez, Lorenzo has struggled to keep up with his compatriot, failing to claim a race win or pole position up until this weekend.
However, the Spaniard managed to wring every last tenth out of his Yamaha bike today to secure his first pole position since last year’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, finishing ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.
Lorenzo posted a fastest lap time of 1:33.238 to finish 0.051 seconds ahead of Iannone, giving himself a great chance of winning for a fourth year in a row at Misano.
Marquez, who has won 12 out of 13 races so far in 2014, was forced to settle for fourth place on the grid despite finishing just 0.122 seconds behind Lorenzo at the front of the field. However, he will be gunning to bounce back and take a big step towards wrapping up his second world championship with victory tomorrow. His nearest rival, Dani Pedrosa, starts fifth.
Although his chances of winning a third world title are all but over, Lorenzo will be hoping to clinch his first win of the season at Misano tomorrow, and stands a very good chance of doing so from pole position.
That said, with Marquez in the form of his life, Lorenzo faces an uphill struggle to make it happen on Sunday.