2017 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Result: A Red And Orange Battle Flag

It is always hard to look past Marc Marquez every time the words ‘pole position’ are spoken but the world champion’s trademark two-stop strategy was not enough to dethrone a dominating Dani Pedrosa in Jerez.

The Honda veteran only just missed his chance of beating Marquez by three hundredths of a second on his first run, the duo running together in the last minutes and Pedrosa taking the opportunity to snatch pole by half a tenth. He will start the 3000th grand prix of the world championship with a great opportunity to get his first win of the year, considering the pole position man has won the race in Jerez for the past three years.

Marc Marquez won’t be two disappointed with second position, while Cal Crutchlow managed to get stung by a bee and, more notably, complete an all-Honda first row.

Maverick Viñales put the troubles of FP4 behind him and qualified fourth, as Q1 leader Andrea Iannone had a great afternoon to place the Suzuki in the middle of the second row. Johann Zarco continued to impress when it mattered and grabbed the last available slot on the second row, pushing Valentino Rossi to seventh position on grid.

Jorge Lorenzo showed good speed throughout practice but ultimately lost his record of starting every race in Jerez on the front row. He will have to settle for eighth spot, next to his old pal Rossi and in the middle of a Yamaha sandwich, with Jonas Folger ninth.

Jack Miller crashed late in the session and will share a fourth row with Scott Redding and fellow late faller Aleix Espargaro. Andrea Dovizioso’s feeling towards the track won’t have improved much after qualifying fourteenth, behind Danilo Petrucci.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'38.249    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'38.298 0.049 0.049
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'38.453 0.204 0.155
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'38.677 0.428 0.224
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'38.744 0.495 0.067
6 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'38.861 0.612 0.117
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'38.908 0.659 0.047
8 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'38.910 0.661 0.002
9 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'39.108 0.859 0.198
10 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'39.125 0.876 0.017
11 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'39.152 0.903 0.027
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'39.400 1.151 0.248
Q2 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'38.919    
Q2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'38.942 0.023 0.023
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.090 0.171 0.148
14 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.255 0.336 0.165
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'39.282 0.363 0.027
16 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'39.321 0.402 0.039
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'39.462 0.543 0.141
18 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'39.564 0.645 0.102
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'39.678 0.759 0.114
20 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'39.824 0.905 0.146
21 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'39.906 0.987 0.082
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'40.213 1.294 0.307
23 12 Takuya TSUDA Suzuki 1'40.386 1.467 0.173


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Its time to reject the silly "Honda is so bad" talk.
It never was bad. And certainly not as bad as the Ducati as cc wants us to believe.

Irregardless of Marquez's mistake Pedrosa upped his game and gave everyone something to think about. Will Pedrosa revive his good and old disappearing act tomorrow?

Odd session for the Yamahas, but it would not be wise to count them out.


Quite pleased to see the shake-ups in the "conventional"wisdom. MotoGP being and remaining so competitive makes many  other "world" motor racing series, 2 and 4 wheel, seem predictable and slightly boring in comparison. A resurgent DP26, the progress of KTM, and the consistency of JZ05 are all great story lines. Every race Sunday seems to bring surprises, both positive and otherwise  which makes for exciting racing and keeps my interest level high. Of course, David's writing is 'glaçage sur le gateau' for every event! 

I actually enjoy the  unpredictability of NOT having a dominant manufacturer or rider. I'm a bit of a data geek so I spend lots of time analyzing performances which brings another level of enjoyment to each race, practice and lap. Tires, aero, big  bang vs screamers have all become critical factors to ponder and analyze. As a former amateur no-talent racer, I find it amazing to see the consistency in lap times the great majority of MotoGP riders produce. Anyone who has raced or ridden on a track in anger knows how devilishly difficult that is.  Not to mention the physics-defying saves that have been made lately. 

There are now so many riders who can win at each event. MM93,DP26,MV25, VR46, CC35 certainly, but they soon may be joined by JL99, AD04, JZ05 and AI29. The season keeps getting more and more interesting as the racing and competition gets closer. Good fun!