2016 Misano MotoGP Qualifying Result: A Historic Lap Record

A hot track promised a red hot qualifying session, after a set of practice sessions that saw Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro at the top, Jorge Lorenzo threateningly fast and consistent and Dani Pedrosa on a fantastic surge of form all throughout the weekend.

With the record for most pole positions (yes, yes, since records are available) on the line, Jorge Lorenzo was unleashed for his first run, the world champion beating his own pole time from last year to hint that a 1:31 was within reach. And so it was, the Spaniard beating the lap record once again, with a marvellous 1:31.868. That puts him ahead of Rossi and Marquez with 64 career pole positions.

Teammate Valentino Rossi didn’t have the best first run and saw a fast time cancelled in the second one, but did well to post another low 1:32 and grab second position on the grid. Over half a second down on Lorenzo, the last man on the first row was Maverick Viñales, the Suzuki the best of the rest behind the Yamahas.

Marc Marquez started strong but did not improve on his second run, narrowly missing out on the front row and starting tomorrow’s race staring straight ahead at his title rivals. Having given up on an automatic Q2 spot to jump on Iannone’s bike instead, Q1 was a walk in the park for Michele Pirro and Q2 was another fine performance, the Italian qualifying in the middle of the second row as the top Ducati, two tenths faster than Andrea Dovizioso in sixth.

Cal Crutchlow will open the third row, with Dani Pedrosa not really showing the same great pace from practice down in eighth. Following a late crash, Aleix Espargaro will close down line three, brother Pol starting the fourth row. Running out of tyres after having to go through Q1, Hector Barbera only did one run that placed him in eleventh spot, Alvaro Bautista last in Q2 but still a good result for Aprilia.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'31.868    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'32.216 0.348 0.348
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'32.381 0.513 0.165
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'32.443 0.575 0.062
5 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'32.467 0.599 0.024
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.677 0.809 0.210
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.743 0.875 0.066
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'32.859 0.991 0.116
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'32.918 1.050 0.059
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'33.002 1.134 0.084
11 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'33.301 1.433 0.299
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'33.929 2.061 0.628
Q2 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'33.059    
Q2 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'33.098 0.039 0.039
13 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'33.399 0.340 0.301
14 22 Alex LOWES Yamaha 1'33.635 0.576 0.236
15 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.716 0.657 0.081
16 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'33.772 0.713 0.056
17 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'33.847 0.788 0.075
18 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'33.989 0.930 0.142
19 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'34.302 1.243 0.313
20 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'34.465 1.406 0.163
21 12 Javier FORES Ducati 1'35.161 2.102 0.696


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Missed some other articles but what happened to Iannone? Why is Pirro and Barbara both listed twice on the qualifying results above?

Iannone has a micro-fracture on a vertebra after a crash yesterday and the doctor declared him unfit to race (despite his own wish). Pirro and Barbera went through Q1 so they appear in both classifications.

To add to that I was told (though don't know for certain so maybe someone else can confirm) that the MotoGP clinic cleared Ianonni to race but the race track venue Doctor (I didn't even know such a thing existed), who has final say, said no.  I'm not judging either call, I just find that interesting. 

Yes, Dr Charte said he could race (or at least take part in practice to see how he feels) because there are no major issues to impede him but, like you said, the local doc has the final say. They also said that it's pretty much the first time when the two disagreed. Oh well, health first!

I read over on crash that the local doc didn't even examine him, they just had a cono. Not sure if it's true or not but he must be gutted

From what I gathered on the Italian grapevine the "circuit doc" (the one who makes the final decision) refused to change his mind from the first diagnostic he did yesterday. Pernat was upset and puzzled.... we can look at it in two ways : Iannone has without any doubt a lesion to one vertebrae and the doctor cannot risk to be dragged in a criminal suit if he lets him ride and he's injured again. OR.....someone at Ducati persuaded him not to let him on the track... and he could easily be persuaded as all medical checks confirm the lesion.

Have seen enough of Rossi-Marquez battles over the past year. Hopefully we can see Vinales dog fighting Marques this time.

They did it! Great work gang! Give your electronics people a bonus for the drive grip.
Perhaps we can call a good old Lorenzo flag to flag victory interesting diversity when it is amongst the 2016 grab bag.

Hanging a small but possible hope on 8 consecutve new victors with PIRRO? Great pace - nicely done! Greater hopes on an exciting, interesting, well fought fight tomorrow. Perhaps a teaser of 2017 between Vinales and Marquez. With Rossi.

The heat felt isn't just track temps. And it isn't just the points battle for this year's championship. FOUR manufacturers can lead a dry race. SEVEN riders have won races. Rossi, Marquez, Lorenzo, Vinales and several others are in the heat of reaching forth through a larger era change of champions that makes posters for kids' walls and dealerships.

Look at the faces of these guys on the grid tomorrow. Make no bones about it - when Marquez made his first pass on Rossi last weekend he DID put a bit "extra" at the end of the braking zone, a driving line hip-checking Valentino out near the edge of the track. It is a fight. And now it is JUST on track, where it belongs. With Lorenzo steaming in the mix. And Vinales has entered the arena, with a miraculously capable bike.


I'm in Austin right now...and no Motogp and a week before le mans :( never thought visiting a new city could be so depressing.