2016 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Result: Early Lap, Fast Lap

Alvaro Bautista and Yonny Hernandez went into the first qualifying sessions as the favourites to get promoted to the top twelve.

Before the mid-session tyre change, Loris Baz led Cal Crutchlow by a hundredth of a second and while everyone was looking for a tow with two minutes left, Bradley Smith quietly sliced a twentieth of a second off Baz's time but both Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista both pushed him out of contention. As Aprilia were celebrating, Loris Baz ruined their jubilation by knocking Bautista to third. 

Crutchlow and Baz joined the ten quickest men for the final qualifying session but their times were slower than the times the top ten posted to qualify for the second session. 

Jorge Lorenzo bolted from the green flag, eager to get a fast lap on an empty track with a new hard front and a soft rear tyre and he instantly put a 1'39.405 benchmark lap in. Marc Marquez took a lap to beat it, setting the fastest lap of the weekend so far with a 1'39.064, a third of a second quicker than Lorenzo. Valentino Rossi held off Pedrosa with a handful of respectable third place laps but even after staying out a lap more than Lorenzo, he couldn't match his teammate's second place lap.

As Rossi returned, Lorenzo set back out to start his second run and on his first flying lap he scythed two tenths of a second from Marquez's quickest time, his 1'38.858 putting Lorenzo on top. Marquez hit back, on track for the top spot, but his last sector wasn't quick enough, but with the flag out, Valentino Rossi turned his last lap into a fast lap, from a personal best halfway round, Rossi increased the pace in the third sector and took his first Jerez pole position since 2005. 

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo made it two Yamahas at the front and Marc Marquez took third place on the Honda. The second row was Andrea Dovizioso's double-winged Ducati ahead of the Suzukis of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espagaro. The top eight riders were all within a second of Rossi's pole time.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'38.736    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'38.858 0.122 0.122
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'38.891 0.155 0.033
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.580 0.844 0.689
5 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'39.581 0.845 0.001
6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'39.588 0.852 0.007
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'39.678 0.942 0.090
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'39.720 0.984 0.042
9 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'39.742 1.006 0.022
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'39.881 1.145 0.139
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'40.054 1.318 0.173
12 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'40.184 1.448 0.130
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'40.239 0.332 0.246
14 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'40.242 0.335 0.003
15 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'40.292 0.385 0.050
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'40.335 0.428 0.043
17 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'40.595 0.688 0.260
18 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'40.835 0.928 0.240
19 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'40.968 1.061 0.133
20 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'40.985 1.078 0.017
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'41.039 1.132 0.054

 

Round Number: 
4
2016
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Great session. The times seem relatively slow, wonder if that has to do with the newest Michelins. Rossi's lap came out of nowhere, well done to him.

Total votes: 43

That's incredible that a rider can be at the top of the heap for such a long time. Truly impressive. 

Total votes: 85

7 tenths between third and fourth. I think any and all questions about electronics holding some riders 'as good as' the top 3(4) back has been answered. 

Total votes: 32

Here we are...
Qualifying in Europe. With Rossi on pole.
Impressed with the relentless controlled aggression of Lorenzo literally training himself to leap out at the limit and reaching 10 10ths pace by the second sector. Remarkable, and a sign of the times that the level has been nudged up in this current era.
Contrast "defective tire" aborting a run for Lorenzo with Marquez's "using too much 2015 riding style" on sweeping corners during qualifying. Both say something about not just the riders but also the nature of their bikes. The tuning fork arriving at chatter felt from the rear, frustrating Goldilocks. The pitch fork chucking wheels out of line and spinning up excessively, challenging Godzilla.
Did you hear Valentino repeatedly refer to approval of the firm tire carcass and "safety?" Think now he has anything else in his awareness too? And Pedrosa, think he doesn't care about safety? No, that isn't the case...he very much does, but he can be contrasted with Rossi and need/preference from a tire.
Drive grip is lacking for the Gigi Ducatis. Redding is back in 17th - so what do you think of "your" tire carcass construction now Scott? Wishing your garage had put another pound or two of pressure in that tire you blew up? Sincerely, I am wondering if the Ducati is suffering in no small part from the stiff rear right now. And all the lightest riders on the grid too of course. Here we are all talking about REAR tires this season rather than fronts. Yep, here we are, a new time.

Old hats were red,
New hats are blue,
I can't smash my front
But drive out got glue.
(Unless we are at a very low grip track - here comes a re pave)

Iannone at Ducati. Smart folks in management to leave pressure on him before re signing him. Are you really buying the public statements that Dovi "appears the favorite at the moment"? They know how to motivate a rider, how to maximize silly season when they have a VERY desirable seat, and even how to save a few Euros on their rider contract. Iannone must perform. Now.
Suzuki fully seamless, I missed an announcement of it after the debut saw it as snatchy and needing more development. Is it or is it not on Mavericks bike? Come on with it Suzuki - it is good for 2 tenths AND saves both tires and rider effort over distance. Can someone please confirm for me?

A.Espargaro and his garage have found their form. The low grip level may be exaggerating their gains, but they have made more of them than anyone else in the paddock. Beautiful! Vinales and Iannone share a silly season stressor via team mate performance. They look more human and the bike more imoressive when their team mate is on lace w them. I look forward to battles between the hungry Suzuki riders. Hoping Vinales isn't held up, nor knocked off his bike tomorrow.

So much made of Iannone's punting of Dovi two rounds ago since it was a glaring transgression on his part. Less consideration of Qatar in which Iannone had pace to run at the front but Dovi and a blazingly powerful engine took some of his rhythm and forced an error. Let's be clear: is there ANYONE that does not see Dovisioso as on his career decline being surpassed by Iannone that has potantial to exit orbit and Alien? They are ships passing in the night, and Dovi 's next port is not red (and may be Suzuki).

P.Espargaro does better on a bike that moves around a bit. Could Ducati be a better fit? And when have we ever said that relative to a Yamaha? Again, new times.

Aprilia and smiling Bautista are with Smith and a couple 10ths from Iannone and Crutchlow. This is success. Congrats!

Rabat hasn't exactly made a splash on the scene, unless it is of the sort in the loo. The only rider not getting into 1:40's. Satellite Honda as turd is as odd as those blue hats in park firme as well.

Sito Pons will have the last grid spot. With a satellite Suzuki. And his rider. And beat the snot out of those last two Hondas. And Smith and co in Orange.

Here we are. The future is now. Red caps soon forgotten.

****

Total votes: 61

I feel like you tried way too hard to be clever here.

What a lap from Val. MotoGP never stops surprising. Just as Lorenzo is the talk of the weekend with all eyes focused on his departure, Val snatches pole in epic fashion to silence the critics yet again. With so much talk of 2017 I hope dont people dont forget what a year 2016 is going to be. 

 

Seriously the best damn sport/story on the planet. 

Total votes: 62

Certainly agree with you on your perspective here. This is the foreground story. What else are you noticing? You could try harder to be clever as well mate.
Cheers!
(And yes, Spies was a GEM)

Total votes: 44

Grip levels are less than ideal, and I think that plays to Rossi's strength of being more adaptable. I'd like to see him win, but...

I still think Jorge--if he gets the holeshot and can keep Marquez from getting a nibble in the first two laps--will eke out an advantage out front and win. I'm not sure Marquez can stay consistent enough. 

Total votes: 39