Dovizioso takes MotoGP pole in Malaysia for Ducati

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Andrea Dovizioso mastered the wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit on Saturday to take pole position for the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix.

Dovizioso claimed the fourth pole position of his MotoGP career in style by seeing off the Yamaha pair of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, who were forced to settle for P2 and P3 respectively.

Rain washed out both stages of qualifying, but Ducati rider Dovizioso looked unfazed through Q2 as he posted two lap times good enough for pole.

His effort of 2:11.485 was ultimately the benchmark for the rest of the field, with Rossi getting closest, albeit 0.246 seconds away.

Lorenzo qualified third ahead of champion Marc Marquez, who was satisfied with fourth given he is battling illness and not fully fit in Malaysia.

Another rider pushing past the pain barrier was Cal Crutchlow, who stormed to P5 despite breaking his hand in the final free practice session.

Andrea Iannone finished sixth, over one second off Ducati teammate Dovizioso on pole, while Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales were seventh and eighth respectively. Alvaro Bautista and Loris Baz rounded out the top 10 in qualifying at Sepang.