2015 Misano MotoGP QP Result: A Good Result For A Good Sunday

The first qualifying session would determine the last two riders to start from the first four grid rows. With both Suzukis in this session able to use the softer tyres unavailable to the other fast riders, would they be able to progress to the faster session?

Once Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding had set the top two times as the flag was unpacked, it was up to Aleix Espagaro on the soft tyre to depose the slower of the two by claiming the top spot ahead of Crutchlow.

Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa set the two early top times with Pedrosa improving on his best time followed by Lorenzo setting a new quailfying record to put four tenths between him and Pedrosa and Marc Marquez. As the session wound on, Marquez put in a blistering attempt to take pole position, but Lorenzo's time was unbeatable. Valentino Rossi also made a late charge and took the last front row place, deposing Dani Pedrosa to the second row with Ducati test rider Michele Pirro and Bradley Smith. 

Results:

Final Qualifying.

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'32.146    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'32.252 0.106 0.106
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'32.358 0.212 0.106
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'32.434 0.288 0.076
5 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'32.736 0.590 0.302
6 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'32.801 0.655 0.065
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'32.821 0.675 0.020
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.934 0.788 0.113
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.169 1.023 0.235
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'33.187 1.041 0.018
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'33.220 1.074 0.033
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'33.222 1.076 0.002
13 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'33.340 0.379 0.194
14 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'33.439 0.478 0.099
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'33.710 0.749 0.271
16 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward 1'34.093 1.132 0.383
17 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'34.137 1.176 0.044
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'34.296 1.335 0.159
19 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'34.333 1.372 0.037
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'34.368 1.407 0.035
21 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 1'34.468 1.507 0.100
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 1'34.722 1.761 0.254
23 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'34.732 1.771 0.010
24 71 Claudio CORTI Yamaha Forward 1'35.385 2.424 0.653
25 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'35.406 2.445 0.021
26 15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART 1'35.684 2.723 0.278

Qualifying One.

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'32.961    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'33.146 0.185 0.185
3 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'33.340 0.379 0.194
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'33.439 0.478 0.099
5 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'33.710 0.749 0.271
6 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward 1'34.093 1.132 0.383
7 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'34.137 1.176 0.044
8 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'34.296 1.335 0.159
9 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'34.333 1.372 0.037
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'34.368 1.407 0.035
11 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 1'34.468 1.507 0.100
12 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 1'34.722 1.761 0.254
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'34.732 1.771 0.010
14 71 Claudio CORTI Yamaha Forward 1'35.385 2.424 0.653
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'35.406 2.445 0.021
16 15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART 1'35.684 2.723 0.278

Qualifying Two.

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'32.146    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'32.252 0.106 0.106
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'32.358 0.212 0.106
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'32.434 0.288 0.076
5 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'32.736 0.590 0.302
6 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'32.801 0.655 0.065
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'32.821 0.675 0.020
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.934 0.788 0.113
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.169 1.023 0.235
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'33.187 1.041 0.018
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'33.220 1.074 0.033
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'33.222 1.076 0.002

 

Round Number: 
13
2015
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It looks like the top 4 will run similar pace tomorrow and it would eventually become a matter of who has the best pace on old tires. 

If we look at the times set in the last lap of Lorenzo he was already down 0,124 seconds on his best lap eariler before T4 ( where he caught VR ).

If he was to belive that this was indeed a 1,31,9 second lap then his T4 had to be 0,3 seconds faster than is best ever T4. Highly unlikely that this was on his way to be his lap let alone a 1,31.

His T4 was only 0,069 seconds slower than his best T4 and more or less the same pace as his T1 and T3 on that lap.

Lorenzo in the after qualifying press conference accepted that he thought he was fast but he wasn't. But ultimately the order didn't changed

He thought he could improve his T4 because in his previous lap he made a mistake and he had to close the throttle in the last corner.

I don't know if Rossi held up Lorenzo or not...it didn't affect the order for sure if he did...but I understand that Lorenzo is a little heated and I am laughing because once you get mad at Rossi...oh has that EVER worked? If Jorge DOES get the red mist, then you know Rossi will be laughing himself to the championship - shades of Laguna Seca on '08. If Jorge keeps his head together, then we could have the fight we've been awaiting. I can see Lorenzo getting really cranky if Rossi leads him into Sector 3, though - that's where Lorenzo really seems to be in the zone and probably where he's happiest riding in his style. Or Lorenzo could motor off if into the sunset, because he's got tremendous pace, especially early in this race.

Really, I suspect on worn tires the pace of these guys is pretty close, and as we know, Rossi tends to find more on Sunday than the others. It looks like Lorenzo has a big advantage - at least on newer tires - in Sector 3, while Rossi is faster in Sector 4. Marquez it's hard to get a read on because his times have been less consistent.

The weather is projected to be somewhat warmer tomorrow, but not hot - so I don't know how wide the range for the medium rear - we shall see.

I wonder what Marc is going to do tomorrow? I'm guessing he's not Valentino's biggest fan these days...would he give a place to Lorenzo or back off a little? Exciting!

There is no way Marquez would let Jorge through under any circumstances, unless ordered to by his team. And even then …

I don't understand why you (and Nick Harris) say we are *awaiting* a straight fight between Rossi and Lorenzo. We have had quite a few of them already this year, most recently at Silverstone where Jorge got the lead, but Valentino caught up and passed for the win. And other races too, some with VR46 passing, others where he couldn't keep up. Are we lusting after some fairing-banging, with one rider or the other being pushed off the tarmac? (OK, we had that too, at Assen, but that was Marquez on Rossi, not Lorenzo.)

I'm perfectly OK with a prolonged "back-and-forth" at the front, with neither rider being able to hold an advantage, if that comes to pass. But why discount a battle with a clear victor, where one makes the pass and moves on up the road? We have had plenty of that, IMO.

Give us the scrap we all want and know can happen but keep everyone safe and rubber side down!
I hope MM can get to the front ONLY to prevent JL from running off with it.
I am in the mood to watch a knife fight!!!

I suspect that Lorenzo will get his usual start followed by Marc. What could be interesting is this fight. Lorenzo know he needs to win to try and get back those points. Marc wants to win and has nothing to lose. Vale just needs to stay with them at the start and sit until the end of the race. Because this race could very well decide the championship if Marc and Lorenzo end up in the kitty liter.

Tire life over race distance is still a question mark for me. Did riders do race simulations in FP? The track is no longer green, but it may eat those mediums up. And the hards have no edge treatment, which could make things interesting for Jorge. With grip level from "skating rink" to normal, our assumptions about "who's track" this is are not so applicable.

Pirro sure is performing! Baz looks in good form. Petrucci continues his good form as well. Another good weekend on our hands. Anyone know about tire life on race sims? Thanks!
:)

The illusion of friends as I like to say. They have simply been more cordial since Rossi came back to Yamaha. The championship is getting to the pointy end and its time for the gloves to come off.

I think Rossi may have possibly balked JLo a bit on purpose, but then again, just because he looked at himself on screen doesn't mean he saw JLo on screen. What he did know was that the session was done at that point.

If he did see JLo, he would've also known it would irk him to be balked.

Who knows.......but Rossi.

On another note, is it me or has MM looked very ragged this weekend? LOTS of mistakes. I think he needs to keep it in check and not the decide the title for Rossi or Lorenzo.

TZ I am with you, we are one incident away from the tenuous friendly atmosphere unraveling. The two riders have changed a great deal with n relation to themselves and each other. Gold helmet lollipop Lorenzo AND lone overdog Rossi are both a thing of the past. But Rossi as ruthless strategic manipulator is still available to him. Is distractible hubris still lurking beneath for Lorenzo? It is in his nature, but I think he has transformed and gained mastery of it at least in the form that we know. Methinks there is still a fragility inherent to how Jorge is put together for which another face may manifest when just the right circumstances arise. And Rossi has it in him to bring just that if it serves him well.

is MM wont fight JL anytime soon. i havent seen him do that anyway. mm wil try to follow JL and hope to get away from VR because both of them wont be happy fighting VR. If they have to fight the know their change to win is slim in a dogfight.
Still i want to see MM try to give JL a fight from the beginning and not again sitting behind for the whole race. Lets have a proper fight till the end.

There would be no point in blocking Lorenzo since he already had pole. The only reason to do it would be to have us discuss it as if it had any bearing on the championship.

Well, this little tension is looking good to me. Lorenzo a bit miffed about losing time on the track even though he still got pole position shows me he was looking to make a point and may be mad that Rossi knew and took that away from him. Rossi riding around looking oblivious, the man is never oblivious or angelic. "What happened with you and Lorenzo" Rossi, "Nothing." LOL!

Rossi seems to be slower but I think he will be using every trick in the book tomorrow. Cannot wait.

Pirro being fastest Ducati shocked me. Pedrosa looking back up to some Pedrosa speed warms my heart. The look of Redding's team when he did not qualify at a level they expected was priceless.

As surprising as it looks Rossi and Lorenzo are humans, they don't always follow the fan-made script, they can also make mistakes. To me it's a boring story, Rossi didn't know Lorenzo was that close, like he sincerely said in the presser, and Lorenzo was wrong to believe he was faster in the first 3 sectors. Yep, it's a complete non-story

Just saw that Rossi got docked a penalty point for that, seems fair enough.

About the race, I have no idea. Could be an epic fight or a runaway. I'm not going to bet on either!

as written on Soup: (copy pasted for your convenience)
FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
- Decision of the Race Direction

On 12 September 2015 during final minutes of the MotoGP Q2 session of the Gran Premio TIM di San Marini e della Riviera di Rimini, rider #46 Valentino Rossi was riding slowly close to the racing line, thereby disturbing another rider on a fast lap.

It is considered to be irresponsible riding causing danger to other competitors and is therefore an infringement of Article 1.21.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations.

Valentino Rossi was requested to attend a hearing with the Race Direction where he acknowledged the facts presented.
The decision of Race Direction is to impose the addition of 1 Penalty Point to the record of rider #46 Valentino Rossi, according to Article 3.2.1 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Disciplinary and Arbitration Code.
No appeal has been lodged, the decision of Race Direction is final.

Riders getting upto four points or more over the course of a season, can get grid penalties and can be banned for accumulating more than 10 points. So he has still 3 points to play with.:).
But I think its fair, does'nt matter if Rossi did know (or not) that Lorenzo was behind him, he was not supposed to be riding slowly on the racing line. Honest Mistake? Or is it? Like someone said only Rossi knows.

Tomorrows race will be fun, Rossi will try everything in his power to be ahead of Lorenzo. If he can keep Lorenzo in touching distance for the first 5 laps, I think he has the pace to fight till the end. Also I heard in the press conference, that Honda has problem with degrading tires and does not have the pace to keep up with the Yamahas till the end. If thats the case it will be between 46 and 99. And if it goes to the last lap... We are in for a Hell of a Race.

was a bit silly, I mean really? Jorge caught Rossi mid corner and Rossi was off the line on exit, I would say he had nowhere to go. Probably just the huff that Lorenzo displayed afterwards that promoted the silly reaction-I've seen others do worse and not get penalized.

Otherwise rather unnecessarily marring a great session, one in which Jorge was no doubt more upset about losing half a second to his teammate, and 6 tenths from the previous day. I would say the race will be far better than Brno, the first corners at Misano make it more difficult to 'get away'.

I agree.

They had already passed Marquez (off pace) a few corners before that, so he was not in the picture for pole. Definitely a mistake on Rossi's part in the sense he shouldn't have been on line in the corner near the apex. However, then everyone in Moto 3 should be at least missing half of their warm up, because what they are doing is downright dangerous.

Lorenzo wanted to prove a point that lap, but in the end he had nothing more to give. He was more upset that Rossi is getting bigger and bigger in the mirror.

And Rossi is the master of mind games and knife fights.

This race is about proving a point. It's all psychological. If Lorenzo wins on Rossi's home track, that would be huge for the title. If Rossi now bests him after he's been quickest all weekend, well maybe Lorenzo will start making mistakes in the upcoming races.

Pivotal 28 laps ahead......