Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Barcelona:
Aleix Espargaro has translated the pace he had in practice into a pole position at Barcelona, his second ever in MotoGP, and the first earned purely on merit. The Suzuki rider used the uprated GSX-RR and the soft tire to maximum effect, fending off a fast and smart challenge from Jorge Lorenzo to take top spot in qualifying.
Jorge Lorenzo had been saving tires during practice for a three-run strategy at Barcelona, knowing that he had to try to face down a lot of riders with soft tires. He went out early, came in after a single lap, swapped bikes, went out again, and repeated the entire process a second time after that. The strategy nearly paid off, but not quite: Lorenzo found himself a tenth short of pole position, despite lapping under the pole record. Lorenzo finds himself with two Suzukis ahead of him, Maverick Viñales posting an impressive last lap to grab second on the grid, and putting the two Suzukis in the top two slots.
Marc Marquez will head up the second row of the grid. The Repsol Honda rider was the first man to break the old pole record, but was unable to hold off the Suzuki onslaught. Andrea Dovizioso also tried and came up short, ending qualifying in 5th, ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa looked capable of improving, but on his second run he ran into Yonny Hernandez, and had to pull up short.
Valentino Rossi will once again be forced to start from the third row, the Movistar Yamaha rider qualifying in 7th, ahead of the Tech 3 bike of Bradley Smith. Cal Crutchlow sits in 9th on the LCR Honda, the Englishman coming close to a front row start, but crashing in Turn 10 when he was on his last very fast lap, just a few hundredths off the time of Espargaro.
|Through to Q2|
|15||6||Stefan Bradl||Yamaha Forward||1'42.053||0.865||0.024|
|17||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'42.273||1.085||0.118|
|19||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||1'42.592||1.404||0.107|
|23||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||1'43.601||2.413||0.630|