Jorge Lorenzo will start tomorrow’s MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix from pole position after breaking the lap record during Saturday’s qualifying session at Jerez.
Just one day after it was announced that Lorenzo would be remaining with Yamaha for the 2016 season, the Spaniard found his feet to score the team’s first pole position of the season ahead of Honda’s Marc Marquez.
After dominating practice, Lorenzo continued his good form in qualifying to post a fastest lap of 1:37.910 on Saturday, beating Marquez by three-tenths of a second.
Marquez is racing in Jerez with a broken finger, having sustained the injury whilst riding dirt bikes following the last race in Argentina where he retired due to a late clash with eventual race winner Valentino Rossi.
Andrea Iannone continued Ducati’s strong start to the 2015 season by qualifying third in Jerez, finishing half a second down on Lorenzo in pole position. Pol Espargaro ran well for Tech 3 on the satellite Yamaha bike to qualify fourth ahead of factory Yamaha rider and championship leader Rossi.
Lorenzo is yet to win a race in 2015, but by becoming the first ever driver to lap in less than 98 seconds around Jerez on two wheels, the Spaniard appears to be on the brink of a breakthrough victory on home soil on Sunday.
In the support series, reigning champion Tito Rabat claimed his first Moto2 pole position of the season on home soil, whilst 16-year-old French rider Fabio Quartararo will start from P1 on the grid for the first time in Moto3 on Sunday.