Moto GP: Jorge Lorenzo claims first 2014 pole at Misano

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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.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.