Full Recap and Results Below.
Valentino Rossi has taken his 50th premier class pole position, the 60th of his Grand Prix career following MotoGP qualifying at the final round of the season in Valencia. The Italian admitted himself it was a surprise result as he went on to deny his good friend Andrea Iannone of his maiden pole, pipping the Ducati rider with his final lap of the session and snatching the ultimate grid spot by a tenth of a second. Iannone couldn't be too disappointed however considering he missed the previous race at Sepang due to injuries sustained following crashes at Phillip Island and during practice in Malaysia.
Dani Pedrosa put in a late dash to take third place and rounds out the front row, he also finishes as the highest placed local rider. Fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo will head up the second row ending two tenths behind his team mate Rossi, he will line up along side Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro. Marquez crashed at turn four with two minutes remaining in the session, he lost the front pushing hard after going quickest through the opening sector of the circuit and was unable to take any further part in proceedings.
Bradley Smith finished two hundredths behind his Tech 3 team mate Espargaro and heads up row three, he managed to finish ahead of the factory Ducati pairing of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso. German rider Stefan Bradl completed the top ten after he went comfortably through the anticlimactic Q1 session prior.
|11||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'31.486||0.643||0.043|
|19||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||Forward Yamaha||1'32.453||0.947||0.004|
|20||14||Randy DE PUNIET||Suzuki||1'32.509||1.003||0.056|
|25||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1'34.510||3.004||0.538|