Half a second at Misano is a very, very long time. At a short track like this, gaps are measured in tenths, not seconds. The gap from 5th to 12th, for example, is 0.505. Yet the gap from Marc Marquez on pole to Jorge Lorenzo, the rider with the second fastest time, was 0.513 seconds. A huge difference.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying at Misano:
Marquez shatters lap record clinching sixth pole of the season with Pedrosa in 4th
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Misano:
Zulfahmi Khairuddin lands his best grid position of the year
The Malaysian Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will start tomorrow in fourth position at Misano, while Luis Salom will start from the fourth row and Arthur Sissis from the sixth.
14/09/2013 - Misano Marco Simoncelli Circuit
Press releases from the World Supersport and World Superbike teams after qualifying at Istanbul:
CAMIER OUT OF HOSPITAL AFTER OPERATION
Team Suzuki Press Office - September 14.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier has returned to the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit following a successful operation on Friday evening to repair the broken bones he sustained in the first day of practice for the Turkish round of the eni FIM Superbike World championship.
Carlos Checa, Leon Camier, Max Neukirchner, Loris Baz and Jonathan Rea will not be racing tomorrow. Istanbul Park and Nurburgring have sidelined five riders, leaving the grid diminished. Those who are racing, all but one of whom took part in Superpole, have missed out on track time due to poor track conditions or bad weather. And yet, the track is such a good track, and the qualifying so tight, that there is still a chance of a decent close race tomorrow, and the track looks to have been cleaned up by a combination of rain, oil, marshals, cat litter and race rubber.
Though the factory seats in MotoGP are all filled, the prime seats on the non-factory entries are still open. Top favorites among the riders are the NGM Forward team, with the leased and FTR-kitted Yamaha M1s, and the Aspar team, which will be running factory-backed Aprilias, though not as an official factory team. These four are the most competitive of the non-factory bikes, and any rider dreaming at a shot of a return to a factory ride, with Suzuki in 2015 perhaps, will want to be on board one of these bikes.
Pol Espargaro pounced on his final lap of qualifying Saturday at the Misano circuit and snatched pole away from both Takaaki Nakagami (third) who has been the fastest rider through much or practice and teammate Esteve Rabat (second) who also had been at the top of the timesheet. Most important for Espargaro, who is second in the championship, was that he qualified half a second better than points leader Scott Redding who set the fifth best time. Also rounding out the second row along with Redding are Thomas Luthi (fourth) and Xaview Simon (sixth).
World Supersport qualifying was split into two sessions, with the last part being a three minute sprint, an incident with Fabien Foret and Fabio Menghi causing the red flag to once again be unfurled.
Kenan Sofuoglu and Sam Lowes kept each other honest as they both pushed for pole position, but, as they wend into the short sprint, Sofuoglu had the advantage, and try as Lowes might, the local man was able to grab pole position. Sofuoglu took pole position off Lowes twice and off himself three times, ending the session over a second ahead of third place.
Marc Marquez, not content to simply grab the pole at the Misano circuit, used it as weapon on Saturday smashing both Casey Stoner's lap record and his rivals' optimism. Marquez's time of 1'32.915 put him clear of second-place qualifying Jorge Lorenzo by half a second. Valentino Rossi delighted his home fans by grabbing the final spot on the front row, a tenth of a second from teammate Lorenzo's fast lap.
Marc Marquez led a trio of Spaniards to the top three spots in the final free practice at the Misano circuit. Second was Jorge Lorenzo and third was a surprisingly quick Alavaro Bautista, half a second off Marquez's pace. FP4, which does not determine which riders get into the two qualifying sessions, has not proven to be an accurate gauge of race pace as riders generally have used to to experiment with final adjustments on their bikes prior to qualifying.
Jonas Folger, who has been getting quicker in each practice session so far, managed to grab the pole position at the Misano circuit with a time of 1'42.707. The time relegated Alex Rins, fastest rider much of the session, to second place, two-tenths back. Maverick Vinales rounded out the front row a mere four thousandths back.
Championship leader Luis Salom has a difficult session, qualifying only 10th on the grid in the dry session.
All fifteen riders who registered a qualifying lap were automatically eligible for Superpole.
The first Superpole session was topped by Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri, beating the Aprilias of Sylvain Guintoli, Eugene Laverty and Davide Giugliano. Both wildcards, along with Vittorio Iannuzzo, were eliminated.
Eugene Laverty was the first rider to get a 1’54 lap, four tenths of a second faster than second-fastest Davide Giugliano. Toni Elias was able to get into the last session, with the ninth fastest time of the session, in spite of two near-misses exiting corners.