Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Results & Starting Grid – #TheGrandFinale 2015

Jorge Lorenzo smashes the Valencia lap record on his way to pole ahead of Marquez and Pedrosa, as Rossi crashes and finishes Q2 in 12th.

Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo will start the 2015 MotoGP World Championship decider against his Italian teammate Valentino Rossi in Valencia tomorrow from pole position.

The Mallorcan set the fastest ever MotoGP lap around the Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo in near perfect conditions, a 1’31.011. In the process he smashed Marc Marquez’s 2013 pole record (1’30.237) by over two-tenths of a second. Lorenzo said afterwards it was the most important lap of his life as he aims to overturn the seven-point advantage Rossi holds in the championship standings in #TheGrandFinale on Sunday. it was his 61st career GP pole position, and his 35th in MotoGP.

Valentino Rossi©Motorcyclist

Lorenzo set his fastest time on the second of his three runs as he made use of a two-stop strategy. The Spaniard is brilliant at managing races from the front and by starting on pole he has made the task of winning the Championship that much easier, as he aims to make it four wins out of four in Spain for 2015 after winning in Jerez, Barcelona and Aragon. But don’t write Rossi off yet.

The Doctor (+1.460s), who has to start from the back of the grid after the CAS denied his stay of execution of the penalty from the #SepangClash (see Rossi's Appeal Dismissed HERE), ended the session in 12th after crashing out on his last flying lap at turn 8 but walked away unhurt. It was only Rossi's second crash of the season, and served notice to anyone that thought the Italian would not be pushing hard in Q2.

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Marc Marquez©Motorcyclist

The only man who looked like he might displace Lorenzo at the top was Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez (+0.488s). The Spaniard rode his RC213V to the absolute limit, having a number of huge moments, but even he could not deny Lorenzo in the end. Marquez was the only rider to get within half a second of Lorenzo, as he was another to utilise a two-stop strategy, recording his 16th front row start of the season in the process.

Dani Pedrosa©Motorcyclist

Dani Pedrosa made it two Repsol Honda's on the front row as he qualified in third, but he was +0.505s off the pace of Lorenzo. Pedrosa holds a two-point advantage over Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) in the battle for fourth in the standings, after winning two of the last three races. The Spaniard also has an excellent record at Valencia having won six races across all classes and should be a threat during Sunday's race.

Team Suzuki Ecstar's Aleix Espargaro (+0.906s) will start from the head of the front row in fourth in his best qualifying performance since Assen. The Spaniard's feat was made even more impressive by the fact he was forced to progress through Q1 after ending practice in 11th on the combined timesheets.

Aleix Espargaro©Motorcyclist

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow (+0.937s) qualified in fifth for the third race in a row as he was one of only five riders the break the 1'31 barrier in Q2. The Brit had been struggling with grip on Friday but improved to put in his best lap time on his final flying run to start as the leading Satellite rider.

Just 0.064s behind Crutchlow was his compatriot Bradley Smith (+1.001s) on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 in sixth. The British rider secured his first second row start since Misano as he aims to secure sixth in the standings from Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Bradley Smith©Motorcyclist

Iannone (+1.045) heads up the third row after he failed to improve on his best time from Practice that had seen him top the combined timesheets after FP3. Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) will start from eighth, with Dovizioso in ninth and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) completing the top ten.

Andrea Dovisioso©Motorcyclist

Maverick Viñales will start from 11th after he also made it through from Q1 alongside his teamate despite a nasty looking highside during that session, with Rossi completing the fourth row in 12th and Ducati Team wildcard Michele Pirro in 13th.

Nicky Hayden©Motorcyclist

Avintia Racing's Hector Barbera will start as the leading Satellite rider in 15th, ahead of the man he leads in the standings by five points, Forward Racing's Loris Baz, in 16th. American Nicky Hayden qualified in 17th as the leading Open class Honda in his last MotoGP race before he moves to WorldSBK in 2016, after he was inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame on Friday at Valencia (see Nicky Hayden Hall of Fame story HERE).

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Scott Redding continued his struggles from practice and could only qualify in 20th, ahead of Australian Jack Miller (LCR Honda) in 21st and Eugene Laverty (Aspar MotoGP Team) in 24th.

Anthony West (AB Motoracing) filling in for the injured Karel Abraham was in 23rd, while Alex De Angelis’ replacement Broc Parkes (E-Motion IodaRacing Team) finished the session in 26th.

Valencia GP #TheGrandFinale Qualifying Results

  1. Jorge LORENZO (99) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
  2. Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA
  3. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA
  4. Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
  6. Bradley SMITH (38) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
  7. Andrea IANNONE (29) Ducati Team DUCATI
  8. Pol ESPARGARO (44) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
  9. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI
  10. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) Pramac Racing DUCATI
  11. Maverick VIÑALES (25) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
  12. Michele PIRRO (51) Ducati Team DUCATI
  13. Stefan BRADL (6) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
  14. Hector BARBERA (8) Avintia Racing DUCATI
  15. Loris BAZ (76) Athinà Forward Racing YAMAHA
  16. Nicky HAYDEN (69) Aspar MotoGP Team HONDA
  17. Yonny HERNANDEZ (68) Pramac Racing DUCATI
  18. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
  19. Scott REDDING (45) EG 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
  20. Jack MILLER (43) CWM LCR Honda HONDA
  21. Mike DI MEGLIO (63) Avintia Racing DUCATI
  22. Anthony WEST (13) AB Motoracing HONDA
  23. Eugene LAVERTY (50) Aspar MotoGP Team HONDA
  24. Toni ELIAS (24) Athinà Forward Racing YAMAHA
  25. Broc PARKES (23) E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART
  26. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA*

(*Qualified in P12 but starting the race from the back of the grid.)

Jorge Lorenzo trimming the Valencia infield lawn en route to the number one position on the grid for #TheGrandFinale.©Motorcyclist
Valentino Rossi©Motorcyclist
Marc Marquez©Motorcyclist
Dani Pedrosa©Motorcyclist
Aleix Espargaro©Motorcyclist
Cal Crutchlow©Motorcyclist
Bradley Smith©Motorcyclist
Andrea Iannone©Motorcyclist
Pol Espargaro©Motorcyclist
Andrea Dovisioso©Motorcyclist
Danilo Petrucci©Motorcyclist
Aleix Espargaro©Motorcyclist
Nicky Hayden©Motorcyclist
Jorge Lorenzo©Motorcyclist
Marc Marquez©Motorcyclist