2018 Barcelona MotoGP Qualifying Result: Battle Of The Titans

The headline act for Saturday arrived with the prospect of a fierce fight under the burning Catalan sun. The lead characters were the ones of old, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez the undisputed stars of the show.

Lorenzo bided his time out the pits and the clear air served him well, heading straight to the top of the timesheets on his first hot lap. But this time he did not have a chance to get comfortable before Marquez fired in the fastest lap of the weekend while Lorenzo came back to the garage with metaphorical steam coming out his ears. Once again the last man to leave the pits for the second run, Lorenzo turned the heat up a notch and snuck ahead of the world champion to finally grab his first pole position for Ducati.

As one of only two riders to have won from pole in Catalunya, Lorenzo will have fierce competition from the other two front row starters. After cruising through Q1, Marquez missed out on a final hot lap when he came across Danilo Petrucci in his favourite fourth sector and the Spaniard will start second on the grid, with Andrea Dovizioso joining the front row for the first time this season.

Maverick Viñales saved the day for Yamaha after a solid set of practice sessions and will start fourth, half a second slower than the poleman. Andrea Iannone was only three thousandths of a second behind the Spaniard while Petrucci rounded out the second row of the grid.

Valentino Rossi was a bit of a case of “what could have been” as the Italian rolled out of a hot lap when he found Marquez on his tail and his second try was only good enough for seventh grid position. The Yamaha man will be in the familiar – if not entirely pleasant – company of Johann Zarco, with a persistently impressive Tito Rabat closing down row three.

Fourth row is an all-Honda affair, Cal Crutchlow taking a late tumble but still leading the way for Dani Pedrosa and Takaaki Nakagami, who made an appearance in Q2 for the very first time. Jack Miller was best of the rest in 13th position.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'38.680    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'38.746 0.066 0.066
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'38.923 0.243 0.177
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.145 0.465 0.222
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'39.148 0.468 0.003
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.178 0.498 0.030
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.266 0.586 0.088
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'39.331 0.651 0.065
9 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'39.504 0.824 0.173
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'39.556 0.876 0.052
11 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'39.695 1.015 0.139
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'39.888 1.208 0.193
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.217    
Q2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'39.663 0.446 0.446
13 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'39.732 0.515 0.069
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'39.879 0.662 0.147
15 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'39.918 0.701 0.039
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.010 0.793 0.092
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'40.019 0.802 0.009
18 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'40.058 0.841 0.039
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.178 0.961 0.120
20 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'40.300 1.083 0.122
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'40.449 1.232 0.149
22 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'40.524 1.307 0.075
23 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'40.572 1.355 0.048
24 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'40.590 1.373 0.018
25 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'40.834 1.617 0.244
26 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'41.369 2.152 0.535
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Well done Jorge Lorenzo. Is this really JLo99's first pole on the Ducati 

Good job by Tito Rabat to qualify ahead of Cal and Dani.

The MotoGp race should be interesting. All the races will probably be fun to watch.

Imagine how much fun we could be in for here. Jorge has not even showed up at the Honda pits yet, but say he and M&M take each other out, and have a fist-fight in the gravel trap.... That'd be like winning the lottery!

I was interested in lorenzo's behaviour during qualifying. When he came into the pit garage, mid way through qualifying, Lorenzo was going off his nut at gabarinni. The cameras were on and it looked like dall'inga stepped in and had a word to Lorenzo.

just wondering whether there has been some really bad culture either generated by Lorenzo or within Ducati....any clues if Lorenzo is the problem.