Lorenzo nips Marquez to end MotoGP pole drought
Lorenzo ended a dry spell with victory at the preceding event in Italy, his first with Ducati.
Valentino Rossi registered seventh spot, with Johann Zarco eighth, the Frenchman taking to Turn 1’s gravel trap after a close moment with Marquez in the braking zone.
Tito Rabat was ninth for Avintia, while Cal Crutchlow crashed heavily through the penultimate corner as he rounded out the top 10.
Pramac’s Jack Miller was the quickest of the Q1 competitors who failed to reach Q2 and will start from 13th, in front of Hafizh Syahrin, while Alex Rins took a lowly 15th for Suzuki.
Aleix Espargaro and Bradley Smith led the charge for Aprilia and KTM respectively, ahead of Franco Morbidelli (Marc VDS), Pol Espargaro (KTM) and outgoing Aprilia rider Scott Redding.
Angel Nieto pair Karel Abraham and Alvaro Bautista took 21st and 22nd, the latter crashing late on at Turn 4, while KTM tester Mika Kallio was 23rd.
Tom Luthi (Marc VDS), Suzuki wildcard Sylvain Guintoli and Avintia’s Xavier Simeon will round out the expanded 26-bike grid for Sunday’s race.
Catalunya - Qualifying
Pos Rider Team Time Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Team 1:38.680
2 Marc Marquez Honda Team 1:38.746 0.066
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 1:38.923 0.243
4 Maverick Vinales Yamaha MotoGP 1:38.145 0.535
5 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Ecstar 1:39.148 0.468
6 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing 1:39.178 0.498
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha MotoGP 1:39.266 0.586
8 Johann Zarco Yamaha Tech 3 1:39.331 0.651
9 Tito Rabat Avintia Racing 1:39.504 0.824
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1:39.556 0.876
11 Dani Pedrosa Honda Team 1:39.695 1.015
12 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1:39.888 1.208
13 Jack Miller Pramac Racing 1:39.732
14 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha Tech 3 1:39.879
15 Alex Rins Suzuki Ecstar 1:39.918
16 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing 1:40.010
17 Bradley Smith KTM Racing 1:40.019
18 Franco Morbidelli Marc VDS 1:40.058
19 Pol Espargaro KTM Racing 1:40.178
20 Scott Redding Aprilia Racing 1:40.300
21 Karel Abraham Angel Nieto Team 1:40.449
22 Alvaro Bautista Angel Nieto Team 1:40.524
23 Mika Kallio KTM Racing 1:40.572
24 Thomas Luthi Marc VDS 1:40.590
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