2016 Sepang MotoGP QP Result: Drying Track, Dropping Times

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.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'11.485    
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
Q1            
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.

Round Number: 
17
2016
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