2016 Mugello MotoGP Qualifying Result: A Scintillating Battle for Pole to the Line

Valentino Rossi has taken pole position in a scintillating qualifying session at Mugello, and will start from the front of the grid in front of a jubilant home crowd. The Italian found himself paired with Maverick Viñales throughout qualifying, leading the Spaniard on the first exit, then trailing him on the second run. 

On his first exit, Rossi towed Viñales up to the first row, while not being able to make much of an impression himself, but on his second run, he tucked in behind Viñales, the Suzuki rider returning the favor and helping Rossi to his sixth pole at Mugello. The Spaniard was not willing to settle for towing Rossi to pole, however, launching a searing final lap where he came close to the Movistar Yamaha rider's time, but just lost out in the final sector.

Andrea Iannone fills the final spot on the front row, the Ducati rider using Jorge Lorenzo as a target on both his runs, until Lorenzo ducked back into the pits for a second stop. Marc Marquez looked like snatching pole from Rossi, but in a sign of just how hard he was pushing, he nearly washed both the front and rear tires at Correntaio, and almost colliding with Aleix Espargaro as he got back on line.

Marquez wound up in fourth, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who could not find the speed he had on the first day. Lorenzo gambled on a three-run strategy, but lost a lot of time when he swapped a hard front tire for a soft, and got out with just enough time for a single lap. Aleix Espargaro ended up in sixth, a very strong result given that he had been forced to come through Q1 first.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'46.504    
2 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'46.598 0.094 0.094
3 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'46.607 0.103 0.009
4 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'46.759 0.255 0.152
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'46.882 0.378 0.123
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'47.186 0.682 0.304
7 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'47.218 0.714 0.032
8 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'47.247 0.743 0.029
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'47.261 0.757 0.014
10 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'47.359 0.855 0.098
11 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'47.361 0.857 0.002
12 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'47.436 0.932 0.075
Result of Q1:
Q2 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'46.886    
Q2 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'47.040 0.154 0.154
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'47.089 0.203 0.049
14 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'47.159 0.273 0.070
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'47.555 0.669 0.396
16 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'47.659 0.773 0.104
17 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'47.830 0.944 0.171
18 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1'48.111 1.225 0.281
19 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'48.372 1.486 0.261
20 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'48.646 1.760 0.274
21 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'48.991 2.105 0.345
  53 Tito Rabat Honda      

 

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Interesting names in some of those places. Looking forward to the race!

Total votes: 83

These qualifying sessions are great. Not too short but definitely not too long either.

Vinales helping Rossi out was nice of him, but Rossi has not been able to be consistently fast. Marquez, Lorenzo Iannone and Vinales are going to fight for the win.

Total votes: 116

... has never been a friday/saturday rider.

He's a sunday rider.  He will have the pace on Sunday, you can count on it.

When he's on pole or even the front row these days, you know he's on the pace.

Total votes: 100

None of this is really backed up by anything. Last time Rossi won he was very fast all weekend.

Rossi's position on the grid really is no indication of his race pace. Goes for most of the grid by the way.

Total votes: 103

Interesting theory.  Here are the numbers of 1:47 or lower laps from FP3 and FP4.

       FP3     FP4

VR    4     4

MV    2     3

AI    2       5

JL     6      0

MM    4     0

Lorenzo and Rossi's 1:47 laps were in groups of 2 or 3. (Rossi had 4 in final run of FP4)  Everyone else were mostly just 1 or 2 in the same outing.  

Not sure what your definition of pace is.

Total votes: 84

You think?  Go and look at the lap times from FP4.  Lorenzo couldn't muster anything but a set of 1:48s, and neither could Marquez.  Rossi did four 1:47s, and a bunch of low 1:48s

Total votes: 92

Let's have a look at him dealing with his future "dad" in this race. Might be interesting.

Total votes: 96

It will be interesting to see who can convert that into the best race pace... 

If he couldn't get on the front row, the middle of the second row, right behind Maverick, for Jorge, isn't all that bad of a place to be. Seeing as the Suzuki struggles to get off the line and get up to speed quickly. Look for another holeshot start by Jorge and his promptly blowing past Vinales on his charge to the first corner. 

From there, it's anyone's guess on how it will all shake out... I'm suspecting that we'll finally see the Lorenzo/Rossi fight we've been waiting for... with Iannone possibly in there too, if he doesn't bin it... I just don't know if Marc can turn fast laps in succession and keep up... same for the Suzukis... 

Just my 2 cents worth... should be a cracker of a race!

 

Total votes: 81

In my opinion, He has demonstrated to be the fastest rider (unbelievable performance!), towing Rossi around to pole, but his engine will let him down in the race. He will be lucky if he is in the top 5 entering T1 after the start, and even if he is still in one of the top spots at the end of the first lap, the other bikes will strip the paint off his Suzuki when they fly by on the straight.  Marquez gapped Aleix by 8 bike lengths coming onto the straight on their last Q lap!

 

Iannone and Lorenzo have otherwise appeared to be the fastest. The wildcard is Rossi...just can't tell how fast he really is or will be on race day. Doesn't appear that he has the pace of Lorenzo or Iannone but we know what he is capable of doing on race day, and to say he will be extra-motivated would be an understatement. Marquez has been right up there flattering the Honda, but seems impossible that he could stay with those guys over the race distance. 

 

Any one of the top 5 could win this race. Please, please, please, everybody stay upright and let's see a straight fight with no incidents! Drool....

Total votes: 91

I don't understand why every comment so far indicates that Rossi hasn't got the race-pace of Iannone, Lorenzo, Marquez and Vinales. It is very easy to check the practice-times of FP4 and they will give a good inidication of how strong one rider's race pace is. What you see there is that Rossi's pace was easily faster than Lorenzo's and Marquez'. Here are the number of Laps inside the 1:47s:

Iannone: 5

Rossi: 4

Vinales: 3

Dovizioso: 1

Lorenzo: 0

Marquez: 0
 

Total votes: 95

Well said - I've just posted a similar comment.  Normally when you look at the FP4 times, even if Lorenzo doesn't set the absolute fastest lap, he has a metronomic race pace that looks ominous for everyone else.  But not this time.  If the race is run in the low 1:48s, Lorenzo will be in the mix.  But if it's in the 1:47s, I don't see Lorenzo or Marquez running that pace.

Total votes: 100

Forgot to mention that Pol must be gutted. He had pace to put in a top 5 lap. 

Total votes: 88

So Dovi gets the nod over Andrea and where does he end up? Next year his alleged developmental skills will be his only role. 

Total votes: 99

Its funny how quickly one race weekend, and just qualifying in this case, reshapes peoples opinion of peoples talent. I like Iannone and Dovi, but Dovi has comes closest to the top step this year consistantly and he has a problem with his neck this weekend from an old injury. One bad qualifying and you shit all over him. Its quite sad to be honest. You should really put the whole season so far into perspective and let go of one bad qualifying session. Ill say it now,. Dovi will put the Duc on the top step before he leaves the factory, Im sure Iannone will as well.

How bout that Rossi though. Never a dull moment in MotoGP, every other sport can piss right off lol

Total votes: 106

Dovi is in his 9th season in the top flight. He's 30. He's had good kit for all of that time. He has won one race. He is fast, solid. But he's not likely to get faster and suddenly develop consistent race winning pace. Iannone isn't much younger but is arguably the one with the most natural raw speed. He just makes too many mistakes. If I was the Ducati team boss I'd want. Dovi as someone less likely to rock the boat. I can't imagine Iannone accepting second place in the team or thinking of himself as supporting rider to Lorenzo. Although Lorenzo professes he had no preference, I can't but help imagine that he's happier with Dovi than Iannone. 

Total votes: 81

He's 30. Pedrosa is 30. Doohan was 34 when he won his fifth and last WC and retired due to injuries not because he was slow. Capirossi won on the Ducati when he was 34. Troy Bayliss was 38 (when he won with Ducati at Valencia). Rossi will be 38 soon and is still winning. List goes on and I think we can conclude that when one is 30 he is not nearly done yet. Casey Stoner is only 30 now.... just imagine.

Total votes: 74

Which i really enjoyed left me gutted by the statements jl gave.

After towing ai around track for 2 times he complains about vr and "no coincidence" and "copying at school"

Vr responded with a joke : Well then they'll send a note home to my parents. Makes me think a little about Super Sic responding " I wil be arrested"

Total votes: 87

Big Lorenzo fan, and nothing he says surprises me anymore. He missed the setup today, if he hits it tomorrow, he has a chance.

Total votes: 79