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Old 11-07-2015, 06:30 PM   #1
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Jorge Lorenzo Unstoppable In Qualifying

Jorge Lorenzo schooled the competition with an absolutely brilliant fast lap to break the track record and start on pole for tomorrow's battle for the championship in Valencia, Spain. Photo Courtesy of Movistar Yamaha

Jorge Lorenzo rose to the occasion in the final MotoGP qualifying session of 2015 in Valencia, Spain. It was self-admittedly the Movistar Yamaha rider’s best qualifying performance of his career. With just under five minutes left of the session, Lorenzo threw down a 1:30.011, breaking the track record.

"The most important [pole position] and I think my best lap in all my life,” Lorenzo said. “When I saw 30.0 I couldn’t believe. Unbelievable. I just made perfect braking, perfect accelerations. I just picked up the bike so well and there was so much traction. So I think if I tried repeating 50 times or 100 times I couldn’t do this lap time. Very happy with pole position.”

On the flip side, Valentino Rossi's qualifying session didn't go so well. Photo Courtesy of Movistar Yamaha

In contrast, his teammate/rival Valentino Rossi crashed out in the final moments of the session, qualifying 12th. In the end, Rossi’s grid position was already set at the back – a result of his penalty from his actions in Sepang – so he spent his time preparing his bike set-up for tomorrow’s attempt to charge from the back of pack to salvage his championship.

“I suffered more than I expect because with more temperature I suffered more with the tires. In the morning everything is more easy, in the afternoon I struggle more,” Rossi said. "We decided for the qualifying to try another modify, but unfortunately it did not work, I did not like. So we decide for the second tire to go back to normal setting. Was a good lap after the session two, but anyway I crashed.

“This doesn’t change anything for tomorrow because I have to start from last. For sure we hope Jorge don’t do the pole position and that the Honda’s are stronger, but Jorge was faster. Anyway, for us is impossible to understand what will happen in the race in the front. We have just to concentrate on us and try to improve the setting.”

It's clearly not going to be easy, so Rossi will have to go all in and hope for the best.

“The situation is quite desperate,” Rossi said. “Is very, very difficult. I have just to try the maximum and try to do a great race from beginning to end and see what happens. It don’t depend on just us unfortunately.”

Will Marc Marquez help Rossi by taking the win in tomorrow's race?

Joining Lorenzo on the front row are Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. One thing’s for sure Rossi needs their help. But will he get it? Add to the fact that things haven't been exactly friendly between Marquez and Rossi of late, the Hondas are suffering from front tire issues.

Will Rossi ask for their help? “Yes, for sure,” he said with a laugh. What a difference two weeks makes...

The atmosphere at the track for the qualifying session was electric, with the stands nearly full and lots of chants in favor of Rossi. The anticipation is high. We will soon find out who holds up to the pressure and who ends up with the crown.

2015 MotoGP Valencia Day Qualifying Results:
  1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Movistar Yamaha 1:30.011
  2. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda 1:30.499
  3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 1:30.516
  4. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 1:30.917
  5. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) LCR Honda 1:30.948
  6. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:31.012
  7. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati 1:31.056
  8. Pol Espargaro (SPA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:31.080
  9. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati 1:31.245
  10. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1:31.292
  11. Maverick Vinales (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 1:31.340
  12. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha 1:31.471
  13. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ducati 1:31.780
  14. Stefan Bradl (GER) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:31.824
  15. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Racing Ducati 1:31.851
  16. Loris Baz (FRA) Forward Racing Yamaha 1:31.856
  17. Nicky Hayden (USA) Aspar Honda 1:32.083
  18. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1:32.142
  19. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:32.282
  20. Scott Redding (GBR) EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:32.448
  21. Jack Miller (AUS) LCR Honda 1:32.564
  22. Mike di Meglio (ITA) Avintia Racing Ducati 1:32.716
  23. Anthony West (AUS) AB Motoracing Honda 1:33.049
  24. Eugene Laverty (IRL) Aspar Honda 1:33.066
  25. Toni Elias (SPA) Forward Racing Yamaha 1:33.092
  26. Broc Parkes (AUS) E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1:33.577

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