Andrea Dovizioso set a fast lap early and then outdid it late to grab pole position at a damp Sepang Circuit in Malaysia Saturday. Dovizioso’s 2'11.485 gave him his second pole position of the year.
Valentino Rossi saved his quickest lap for his last to jump from third into second, two-tenths of a second off the leader’s pace. Rossi's fast final lap in the wet session bumped teammate Jorge Lorenzo into third place, the final spot on the front row. World Champion Marc Marquez, who is battling a stomach flu, was was dropped into fourth late in the session as he was unable to improve on his early fast time.
But perhaps ride of the session belonged to Cal Crutchlow. The Phillip Island winner, who dominated Q1, struggled early in the second qualifying session, lapping at the bottom on the pack. Then late in Q2, he crashed with his chance to improve seemingly over. But in fast order, Crutchlow got his bike upright, out of the gravel and restarted with three minutes left. His final charging lap on a clearly battered bike jumped him into fifth.
Andrea Iannone, back on the bike after a four-race hiatus due to a back injury, took sixth after leading the timesheet early on. Aleix Espargaro, who crashed in the session, took seventh as the top Suzuki, just in front of his teammate Maverick Vinales (8th). Alvaro Bautista continued Aprilia's strong run to take ninth with Loris Baz, who advanced from Q1, completing the top 10.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||46||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||2'11.731||0.246 / 0.246|
|3||99||Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha||2'11.787||0.302 / 0.056|
|4||93||Marc MARQUEZ||Honda||2'11.874||0.389 / 0.087|
|5||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Honda||2'12.558||1.073 / 0.684|
|6||29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||2'12.598||1.113 / 0.040|
|7||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Suzuki||2'12.869||1.384 / 0.271|
|8||25||Maverick VIÑALES||Suzuki||2'12.981||1.496 / 0.112|
|9||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||2'13.325||1.840 / 0.344|
|10||76||Loris BAZ||Ducati||2'13.452||1.967 / 0.127|
|11||44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||2'13.707||2.222 / 0.255|
|12||8||Hector BARBERA||Ducati||2'13.973||2.488 / 0.266|
|13||38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||2'12.898||1.307 / 0.014|
|14||43||Jack MILLER||Honda||2'12.907||1.316 / 0.009|
|15||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||Ducati||2'13.776||2.185 / 0.869|
|16||6||Stefan BRADL||Aprilia||2'13.850||2.259 / 0.074|
|17||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||Honda||2'14.179||2.588 / 0.329|
|18||45||Scott REDDING||Ducati||2'14.433||2.842 / 0.254|
|19||50||Eugene LAVERTY||Ducati||2'14.769||3.178 / 0.336|
|20||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||2'14.786||3.195 / 0.017|
|21||53||Tito RABAT||Honda||2'15.894||4.303 / 1.108|
Riders in bold advanced from Q1.