MotoGP: Lorenzo clinches pole for San Marino GP

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Jorge Lorenzo stormed to his third pole position of the 2015 MotoGP season in qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix on Saturday.

After setting a new unofficial lap record during practice at Misano on Friday, Lorenzo went faster still in qualifying by posting a best time of 1:32.146 to edge out defending champion Marc Marquez by one-tenth of a second.

Marquez had run Lorenzo close throughout practice on Friday, but was unable to bridge the gap to the Spaniard during the final part of qualifying as he fell just short of a seventh pole position of the season.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi bounced back from a poor run of qualifying results by putting his Yamaha bike on the outside of the front row, qualifying a further one-tenth of a second behind Marquez in third place.

Honda’s Dani Pedrosa qualified fourth overall, two places behind teammate Marquez, whilst Michele Pirro and Bradley Smith completed the second row of the grid in P5 and P6 respectively.

Ducati riders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso qualified seventh and eighth at Misano ahead of Silverstone hero Danilo Petrucci. Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top ten for Suzuki.

To see the full results from qualifying at Misano, click here.

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.