2014 Valencia MotoGP QP Result: Last-Ditch Laps And Unexpected Results

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.

Q2 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'30.843    
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'30.975 0.132 0.132
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'30.999 0.156 0.024
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'31.049 0.206 0.050
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'31.144 0.301 0.095
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'31.307 0.464 0.163
7 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'31.324 0.481 0.017
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 1'31.359 0.516 0.035
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'31.426 0.583 0.067
10 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'31.443 0.600 0.017
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 1'31.486 0.643 0.043
12 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'32.617 1.774 1.131

Q1 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
Q2 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'31.506    
Q2 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'31.984 0.478 0.478
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'32.160 0.654 0.176
14 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'32.315 0.809 0.155
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'32.321 0.815 0.006
16 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'32.395 0.889 0.074
17 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'32.443 0.937 0.048
18 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'32.449 0.943 0.006
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
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 1'32.683 1.177 0.174
22 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'32.808 1.302 0.125
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'33.019 1.513 0.211
24 23 Broc PARKES PBM 1'33.972 2.466 0.953
25 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1'34.510 3.004 0.538


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Unbelievable - VR46 back on pole after a bad start on Friday and of the tracks he hates the most !

He always complains about Valencia track and now, 4.5 years after the last time, he is back in pole.

Definitely an achievement, regardless of what happens tomorrow.

Just checked his record out at this track and he's 'only' won twice at this event, in 2003 and 2004. So if he does it tomorrow, it'll almost be ten years exactly since his last win there. That would be another great stat for him to finish the year off with, if can pull it off.

I think I'd stick my money on #93, though. Remember him winning after starting from pitlane in Moto2 that year? Starting from 5th tomorrow won't hold him back for more than a few laps.

So happy to see Rossi on pole, picked the right wheel to follow around, now just has to keep 99 in sight or preferably stay in front him for the race. Though it will be hard, you can never count him out for the win...

How does he (they, his garage) do it?! Wonderful. Don't get distracted by Marquez, this battle for 2nd is legendary. Great to follow! Go Vale!!

I went to bed before seeing any saturday sessions... After Fridays results I was expecting maybe 5th/6th... Sure it was only 0.5seconds between a lot of the riders but pole...

Hopefully makes for an interesting Sunday for second place in the championships.

Wonder if the flurry of activity on Lorenzo's bike with 5 minutes to go in Q2 upset his cool?

Also wonder if the wound on Galbusera's scalp will ever heal?