Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Qatar:
Andrea Dovizioso has proved the worth of the Ducati Desmosedici GP15 by taking pole position at the bike's first outing. Dovizioso waited until the very end of a hectic session to depose Dani Pedrosa from the top spot, putting the Repsol Honda man into 2nd, ahead of reigning world champion Marc Marquez, who rounds out the front row.
The softer rear tire may have helped Dovizioso, but it did not work its magic for Andrea Iannone, the second factory Ducati rider coming up short and ending 4th on the grid. Iannone sits in front of another Ducati, the Pramac bike of Yonny Hernandez. Hernandez used a tow from Marquez and teammate Danilo Petrucci to catapult himself to 5th on the grid. Petrucci was not so lucky, getting too close to Marquez and losing time, ending in 9th.
Jorge Lorenzo is the first of the factory Yamahas, starting the race from 6th, and the last place on the second row. He sits ahead of two more Yamahas, Bradley Smith starting from 7th on the Monster Tech 3 satellite bike, and Valentino Rossi from 8th on the second Movistar Yamahas. Petrucci rounds out the third row, while the Espargaró brothers head up the fourth row, Pol ahead of Aleix, and Cal Crutchlow down in 12th, after the LCR Honda man crashed during his second run on the bike.
Petrucci and Smith made it through to Q2 from Q1, after a thrilling battle which saw Scott Redding fall just shy of Q2. Redding starts from 14th.
Dovizioso's pole is the second for Ducati in five races, the Italian have started from pole at Motegi. Though the soft tire did not appear to offer the advantage which many feared, no doubt Dovizioso's pole will reignite the debate over Ducati having access to the softer rear. Until they win three races in the dry, however, it cannot be taken away from them.
|To Q2||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati||1'55.094|
|To Q2||38||Bradley Smith||Yamaha||1'55.235||0.141||0.141|
|16||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'55.729||0.635||0.125|
|18||6||Stefan Bradl||Yamaha Forward||1'55.791||0.697||0.035|
|23||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||1'56.454||1.360||0.167|
|24||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||1'56.793||1.699||0.339|