Andrea Iannone took his first-ever pole position Saturday at the Mugello circuit Saturday with blistering record lap in the second qualifying session. Jorge Lorenzo, consistently quick all weekend, took the second spot on the grid, closely followed by Iannone's Ducati teammate, Andrea Dovizioso.
And missing from the front row for the first time this season? And missing from Q2 for the first time this season? Marc Marquez. More on that later.
Cal Crutchlow also ran a fast late lap to lead the second row and qualify as the top Honda for Sunday's race. Aleix Espargaro, who briefly held the second spot late in qualifying, put his factory Suzuki into fifth on the grid, just a hair faster than Michele Pirro (6th). Dani Pedrosa leads the third row, slightly more than three-tenths from the top position. Valentino Rossi continued his run of tepid qualifying with eighth. Maverick Vinales (9th) completed with the third row with Pol Espargaro rounding out the top 10. The field is fairly bunched with the top 10 riders within half a second of each other.
The first qualifying practice began with one major surprise attendee: Marc Marquez. The current world champion didn't set a fast-enough lap in FP3 to default into Q2. But the early indication in Q1 was that Marquez likely would be one of the two riders to advance into Q2. Indeed, this appeared to be Marquez's impression as well when he pulled into the pits with time remaining after setting the second-fastest Q1 time, just behind Aleix Espargaro.
But as Marquez sat in the pits looking on, Yonny Hernandez took the top Q1 spot as time expired. Aleix Espargaro was bumped to the second spot and Marquez, who has struggled all weekend on the Honda, was left stranded in 13th place on the grid with no chance to improve his position. It has been a weekend of unlucky numbers for Marquez.
Iannone's top time gave Ducati a pole position at its home track for the first time since Casey Stoner did it in 2007.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||99||Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha||1'46.584||0.095 / 0.095|
|3||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||1'46.610||0.121 / 0.026|
|4||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Honda||1'46.657||0.168 / 0.047|
|5||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Suzuki||1'46.854||0.365 / 0.197|
|6||51||Michele PIRRO||Ducati||1'46.870||0.381 / 0.016|
|7||26||Dani PEDROSA||Honda||1'46.875||0.386 / 0.005|
|8||46||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||1'46.923||0.434 / 0.048|
|9||25||Maverick VIÑALES||Suzuki||1'46.934||0.445 / 0.011|
|10||44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||1'47.050||0.561 / 0.116|
|11||38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||1'47.090||0.601 / 0.040|
|12||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||1'47.423||0.934 / 0.333|
|13||93||Marc MARQUEZ||Honda||1'47.240||0.123 / 0.018|
|14||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||Ducati||1'47.497||0.380 / 0.257|
|15||8||Hector BARBERA||Ducati||1'47.978||0.861 / 0.481|
|16||6||Stefan BRADL||Yamaha Forward||1'48.047||0.930 / 0.069|
|17||45||Scott REDDING||Honda||1'48.120||1.003 / 0.073|
|18||76||Loris BAZ||Yamaha Forward||1'48.133||1.016 / 0.013|
|19||69||Nicky HAYDEN||Honda||1'48.298||1.181 / 0.165|
|20||17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||1'48.366||1.249 / 0.068|
|21||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||1'48.477||1.360 / 0.111|
|22||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Ducati||1'48.503||1.386 / 0.026|
|23||43||Jack MILLER||Honda||1'48.572||1.455 / 0.069|
|24||50||Eugene LAVERTY||Honda||1'48.638||1.521 / 0.066|
|25||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||ART||1'49.198||2.081 / 0.560|
|26||33||Marco MELANDRI||Aprilia||1'51.391||4.274 / 2.193|