San Marino Grand Prix Qualifying Results
1. Jorge LORENZO (99) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
2. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
3. Maverick VIÑALES (25) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
4. Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA
5. Michele PIRRO (51) Ducati Team DUCATI
6. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI
7. Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) LCR Honda HONDA
8. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA
9. Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
10. Pol ESPARGARO (44) Monster Tech 3 YAMAHA
11. Hector BARBERA (8) Avintia Racing DUCATI
12. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
13. Stefan BRADL (6) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
14. Alex LOWES (22) Monster Tech 3 YAMAHA
15. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
16. Eugene LAVERTY (50) Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI
17. Jack MILLER (43) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
18. Scott REDDING (45) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
19. Tito RABAT (53) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
20. Yonny HERNANDEZ (68) Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI
21. Javier FORES (12) Avintia Racing DUCATI

The skies over the Riviera di Rimini have proved a stark contrast to those above Silverstone circuit for qualifying in the British GP, with the sun high in the sky and the grandstands shining their own gleaming yellow. With FP4 commanded by home hero Valentino Rossi, it was however his teammate who put in the first real challenge for pole as Jorge Lorenzo put in the first low 1:32 effort of the session.

Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha
Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha©Motorcyclist

Lorenzo wan't done there, as the reigning champion then put in a new lap record to beat his own from 2015, laying down a marker at a track that - whilst behind enemy lines - has proven one of Lorenzo's best. After just missing the 1:31 bracket in that first run, the 'Spartan' then came back out and lowered the lap time once again to put in 1:31.868 and smash the record. The pole at Misano is his 64th in the world championship, taking him one above Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Rossi in the record books as the most in GP history.

Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha
Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha©Motorcyclist

Rossi put in a great lap in the second run of the session to go P2, before Race Direction cancelled the lap time after the Italian had exceeded track limits. With one shot left, the Italian put in another, legal lap and took back his place on the front row - the only man to get within half a second of his teammate on pole position.

Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki Ecstar
Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki Ecstar©Motorcyclist

Maverick Viñales moved onto the front row to knock Marquez back on his second run, as the paddock's most recent victor took his Team Suzuki Ecstar team back to the front once again; the warmer temperatures not proving as difficult for the Suzuki as feared.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda©Motorcyclist

Marquez was the closest challenger after the initial run of fast laps, but with visors cleaned and final preparations for the last run made was unable to set a better time in the second half of the session and will begin P4. Joining him on the second row are the Ducati Team duo of Michele Pirro, replacing Andrea Iannone, and Andrea Dovizioso.

Michele Pirro (replacing Andrea Iannone), Ducati Team
Michele Pirro (replacing Andrea Iannone), Ducati Team©Motorcyclist

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow heads up the third row from Repsol Honda Team's Dani Pedrosa, with Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the top 10. Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) and Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) were P11 and P12 to complete the Q2 entrants.

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