MotoGP Round 6 – Gran Premio d’Italia Qualyfing

The verdict is in: Ducati is back as a world championship contender and Marc Marquez’ lack of speed this season is no fluke.  Andrea Iannone set a new pole position lap record for a motorcycle at the Mugello circuit, and will start first for tomorrow’s race.  Yamaha’s resurgent Jorge Lorenzo is second, while  Iannone’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso is third.  Meanwhile defending champion Marc Marquez could only manage 13th, behind privateers, rookies and all of teh current championship front runners.

Ducati clearly has developed the GP15 into a machine that is not only fast but flexible, with nearly all riders on the Italian bikes performing well.  Michele Pirro, a wild card entry, managed to place 6th fastest, and will start on the second row ahead of seasoned veterans from Yamaha Tech 3 and of course, Marquez.

The defending world champion struggled all through free practice and complained that his Repsol Honda was difficult to keep under control accelerating out of corners.  A new, longer swingarm and other set up changes seemed to have harmed him more than helped, although his teammate  Dani Pedrosa, still recovering from arm pump surgery, did manage to qualify 7th.  Valentino Rossi, who has not been a strong qualifier in many years, was just behind and will join him on the third row.

Andrea Iannone leans in
Andrea Iannone leans in

Another surprise performance came from both Suzuki ECSTAR team riders, with Aleix Espargaro in 5th just behind Cal Crutchlow, and Maverick Viñales 9th fastest.  Considering this is Suzuki’s debut season after many years out of the competition, the all new GSX-RR is proving to be reliable and very quick.

The race begins at 2pm local time.

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Pos. Rider Team Bike KM/H Time Diff.
1 Andrea IANNONE Ducati Team Ducati 349.5 1’46.489
2 Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 338.8 1’46.584 0.095
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team Ducati 346.3 1’46.610 0.121
4 Cal CRUTCHLOW CWM LCR Honda Honda 345.8 1’46.657 0.168
5 Aleix ESPARGARO Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 332.6 1’46.854 0.365
6 Michele PIRRO Ducati Team Ducati 349.1 1’46.870 0.381
7 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 343.6 1’46.875 0.386
8 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 343.7 1’46.923 0.434
9 Maverick VIÑALES Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 335.9 1’46.934 0.445
10 Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 341.4 1’47.050 0.561
11 Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 344.2 1’47.090 0.601
12 Yonny HERNANDEZ Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 346.8 1’47.423 0.934



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