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Saturday, September 22, 2018


Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will start Sunday’s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon from P1 after sealing his third consecutive pole position of the season in style, snatching Saturday’s honors from teammate Andrea Dovizioso by 0.014 seconds as the Ducati duo overhaul Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) in Q2.

It was third place Marquez who came out the blocks quickest though, immediately clocking a 1:46.974 – the quickest lap of the weekend – on his first flying run, with Lorenzo 0.110 behind and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) on the provisional front row.

The mind games then appeared as the riders came out to try and better their times. Dovizioso had Marquez lurking in his shadows as the top two in the Championship played cat and mouse, which led to both backing out of flying laps as everyone apart from Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) scrapped their opening second-run circulations.

This meant it all came down to a one-lap dash, with Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) leading a freight train of eight riders, as Marquez clung onto the tailpipes of Dovi.

The two were setting the timing screens alight but heading into Turn 12, the Honda rider slightly out-braked himself – losing a potential pole lap. Meanwhile, despite having to maneuver past Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team) at the same corner, ‘DesmoDovi’ went fastest by 0.065 to grab provisional pole, but teammate Lorenzo was on the prowl.

Heading out slightly later than the rest of the field, the ‘Spartan’ put the hammer down and snatched pole by 0.014 – his fourth of the season and his fourth successive front row in Aragon.

Dovizioso 2nd quick for Ducati
Dovizioso 2nd quick for Ducati
This bumped Dovi to P2 and Marquez to P3 as the trio spearhead the grid together for the first time since the Austrian GP – and we know what happened there. Crutchlow threatened the front row but a crash at Turn 12 on his final flying lap ended his chances of a third front row start of the season – P4 for the Brit and just 0.265 off Lorenzo.

Fifth on the grid went to Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), his best starting spot since the Catalan GP, with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) securing his best qualifying position since Jerez in sixth.

Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) will launch from P7, under half a second back from pole, with Bautista eighth, Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) P9 and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) P10.

Q1 graduate and leading Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had to settle for 11th, with Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) starting 12th after also coming through the first part of qualifying.

It was a disappointing day for third in the Championship Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). ‘The Doctor’ will start from P18 on Sunday, his worst qualifying result since Assen 2006 as the YZR-M1s continue to struggle.


1 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m46.881s 0.000s
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m46.895s 0.014s
3 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m46.960s 0.079s
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m47.146s 0.265s
5 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m47.169s 0.288s
6 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m47.224s 0.343s
7 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m47.351s 0.470s
8 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m47.678s 0.797s
9 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m47.737s 0.856s
10 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m47.792s 0.911s
11 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m47.810s 0.929s
12 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m48.284s 1.403s
13 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m48.009s 1.128s
14 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.052s 1.171s
15 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m48.181s 1.300s
16 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m48.216s 1.335s
17 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m48.398s 1.517s
18 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.627s 1.746s
19 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.975s 2.094s
20 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m48.988s 2.107s
21 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m49.303s 2.422s
22 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m49.699s 2.818s
23 Jordi Torres Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m50.336s 3.455s

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