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Well the big news of course is Jorge Lorenzo will ride a Ducati for 2017-18 seasons, a lot of people were skeptical and not wanting to believe it, but deep down i knew him not signging right away was a major red flag. Time will tell who exaclty will team up with Vale, the current front runner is likely Maverick Vinales, we also will have to wait to see who will stay at Ducati and team up with Jorge, Iannone or Dovi who will stay who will go... my 99 to Ducati thread here
http://www.600rr.net/vb/65-motogp-ama-wsbk/538218-jorge-lorenzo-ducati.html

Jerez should be a good one, Jorge very strong here, Marc looking very strong himself, Vale will be back after his unfortunate crash at COTA. Really hoping to see Dovi on the podium here!!

About the circuit
Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently good weather and beautiful scenery, its numerous grandstands providing the perfect viewing facilities for up to 250,000 spectators.

With two alternative road circuits (4,423m and 4,428m), which were resurfaced during 2005, Jerez is a popular venue used by many race teams for testing throughout the year, whilst its recently updated corporate and media facilities have proven to be a popular addition to the complex. Other facilities such as the control tower and pit boxes have also been vastly improved.

2015 Podium
JL,MM,VR

Circuit Records
Fastest Lap 2015 Jorge LORENZO 1'37.910
Circuit Record 2015 Jorge LORENZO 1'38.735
Best Pole 2015 Jorge LORENZO 1'37.910
Top Speed 2015 Andrea IANNONE 295.9

Current Points

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 66
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 45
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 33
4 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 28
5 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 27
6 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 25
7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 23
8 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki SPA 23
9 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati IRL 21
10 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki SPA 21
11 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 16
12 Scott REDDING Ducati GBR 16
13 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 16
14 Stefan BRADL Aprilia GER 15
15 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia SPA 14
16 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 12
17 Tito RABAT Honda SPA 11
18 Jack MILLER Honda AUS 2
19 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 2
20 Loris BAZ Ducati FRA 1
21 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR


 

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Schedule all times are Eastern Time
Press Conf Thurs Apr 21 11am
FP1 Fri Apr 22
0300-0340 Moto 3 FP1
0355-0440 Moto GP FP1
0455-0540 Moto 2 FP1
0710-0750 Moto 3 FP2
0805-0850 Moto GP FP2
0905-0950 Moto 2 FP2

Practice/Qual , Sat Apr 23
0300-0340 Moto 3 FP3
0355-0440 Moto GP FP3
0455-0540 Moto 2 FP3
0635-0715 Moto 3 QP
0730-0800 Moto GP FP4
0810-0825 Moto GP Q1
0835-0850 Moto GP Q2
0905-0950 Moto 2 QP

Sun Apr 24 RACE
0240-0300 Moto 3 WUP
0310-0330 Moto 2 WUP
0340-0400 Moto GP WUP
0500 Moto 3 RACE
0620 Moto 2 RACE
0800 Moto GP RACE
 

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From the Press Conf yesterday:
The MotoGP™ World Championship arrives back in Europe for the fourth round of 2016, but much of the conversation centred on 2017.
Having had a week off from the hustle and bustle of racing, the MotoGP™ World Championship is back in action at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España. Racing now settles into a more regular rhythm as the paddock bounces around Europe until the three fly-aways late in the year. For many riders Jerez is their first chance to race at home in 2016, ready to put on a great show for the thousands of fans who flock to Jerez each year.

MotoGP™ Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), is one of the many riders eager to once again hear the roar of his home fans. He was joined in the press conference by Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who spent a week in the headlines after announcing his Ducati move. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was also there as he searches for better luck. Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) answered the press’ questions after each scored their best results of the year in Austin. Lin Jarvis, the Managing Director of Yamaha Racing, was also present at the press conference to discuss Lorenzo’s move and Yamaha’s future.

From the first three races Marquez has managed three podiums, including two victories and as such sits atop the championship with a comfortable 21-point lead. The return to Europe not only offers Marquez a chance to race at home, but also presents a very different style of track to race on: “We’ll try to continue the same way but now we come to Europe so that means European style tracks. They’re a little different compared to American, Argentina and Qatar. Here they are more narrow and we’ll see how we can manage this and how the setup is on these kind of tracks. Anyway, I’m happy because it looks like we’re better each time and the feeling with the bike is better.”

His victory in Austin put him level with Phil Read in terms of outright wins with 52, but taking number 53 might be tough in Jerez: “Here’s a track where Jorge is usually pretty strong so we’ll see. We did a test in November but from then till now you can imagine how many changes there have been on the bike. We’ll see how the tyres work on this track and with this kind of asphalt.”

Rumours had been swirling since the start of the season that Jorge Lorenzo would make the shock move to Ducati in 2017. The whispers of the paddock proved correct as just before his home race it was announced he would depart Yamaha after nine incredible years together. He faces a new challenge in 2017, but right now Lorenzo’s attention remains fixated on the 15 remaining races of 2016: “Yeah for sure it has been one of the most important and difficult decisions of my life and my career. But for this moment it’s still far away, very far away. Still 15 races remaining so at this moment I have all my attention in the present and in this championship I really want to fight in this championship and fight my hardest for my fourth MotoGP world title. At this moment I just think in blue and try to get the best results I can with this team.”

In 2015 the Spanish GP started a four race winning streak for Lorenzo, after his crash in Argentina a repeat would certainly help his championship hopes. Winning races is important, but making the most of difficult situations is crucial: “We started in the best way in the Qatar race but things got complicated by my crash in Argentina. It was really a pity to lose so many points in this race. But luckily in Austin, which is normally a difficult Grand Prix for me, we solved the situation in the best way. We couldn’t win, we couldn’t beat Marc, we finished second in a race that a lot of riders and favourites crashed. So we’re second in the championship and we have a high chance to fight for it. We’re 21 points behind, last year we were 29 and now I feel we have a higher potential than last year to win races.”

Andrea Dovizioso has twice had the podium within his reach in the last two races, horrendous misfortune seeing him twice taken out by other riders. But MotoGP™’s unluckiest man remains positive: “We did a great start in Qatar with a good result. The reality was we had the speed in the first three races and we had the chances to finish all three races in the podium so we have to look at that as that’s the reality. Unfortunately in the championship we are quite far but the speed is there and the bike is feeling good. When you don’t make a mistake it’s not a big problem. The problem is the points in the championship but it’s not our fault. It’s bad for the championship but about me I was lucky in the crash in Austin.”

With one of the two Ducati Team seats already taken in 2017 by Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso is potentially racing for his future in the Bologna factory. In classic Dovizioso style he’s staying calm about the situation: “Now Ducati become strong, I’m really happy about that because it means in the last four years we did a great job and Ducati have a chance to bring a world champion into Ducati next year and this is really positive for Ducati. Like I said already in some interviews I’m quite relaxed, the results were there, the speed was there this season and it’s completely different this year. The bike is good, the relationship with Ducati is good, they know very well what I did for them in these four years. I’m relaxed about that, like I did in the first three races I’m focusing on the results. This is the most important thing.”

Austin saw Maverick Viñales take his best ever premier class finish and helped Suzuki secure their first double top five result since returning to the World Championship. A strong rookie season and excellent results in pre-season testing have Viñales in discussions with several teams already: “I feel really good. When two big factories like Yamaha and Suzuki want you it means you work really hard and you have enough riding style and can be fast enough to ride those bikes. Anyway, right now I’m focused on this Grand Prix as I think it’s very important for us to achieve our best results in these next races as we have a lot of potential and we need to work harder on the Friday. I think in Austin that if I had a better start it was maybe possible to fight for the podium again.”

Viñales’ speed hasn’t just caught the eyes of team managers, it’s also surprised the Spaniard himself: “For sure if last year when I ended in Valencia, when I ended so far from the top, if someone told me that I would make this step I wouldn’t believe them! But they work so hard and every weekend we improve. We’ve shown we can be on the level, maybe not now but in the next races.”

Throughout the season Scott Redding has been getting faster and faster, steady improvement has been the primary goal of the Brit throughout the year: “In Qatar it was a good race but we just didn’t have the package together and then in Argentina we had some difficulties with the tyre on Saturday and then in the race it wasn’t so bad but again a small problem so we didn’t finish. Then in America we got the small things in together. The race wasn’t so bad, just with the soft option front we had to try our best to save the tyre. Just improve step by step and get closer and closer to the front guys over race distance.”

A key to his success has been Redding’s feeling on the bike, no longer constantly fighting and battling, now able to enjoy his machine: “I’m more relaxed and I’m having fun on the bike again. I want to go out and ride and that’s the main thing, I start to enjoy it and I can be myself like I was in the past and that’s what makes a good rider. Now I’m just rebuilding my confidence and enthusiasm.”

Lin Jarvis and Jorge Lorenzo have achieved great things working together, in Austin Lorenzo scored his 99th premier class podium and thus his 99th podium with Yamaha. Jarvis was understandably upset about losing Lorenzo: “It’s like going to discotech and asking a girl to dance and she choses the guy next to you. Of course we would have preferred for Jorge to stay there’s no doubt about that, hopefully we can finish this season off in the style we ran the whole eight years together. This is our ninth season together, we’ve had a really good run. I was very involved when Jorge came to Yamaha so of course when you get to the end of an era, to a period, it’s a sad moment for sure.”

Much like Lorenzo, Lin Jarvis remains focused on 2016 and doing all that he can to help Lorenzo and Yamaha claim their fourth title together. But discussions have already begun to take place to find the rider to fill the 99 shaped hole in Yamaha: “We are looking at some people and Maverick has proven that he’s one of the new future talents of the MotoGP. I think he has a very good chance to be World Champion in the future and he’s an attractive rider. There are other options that we have as well, other riders with different profiles. Things are never as straight forward and simple as they seem.”

Attention will shift back to 2016 when the premier class takes to the track at 09:55 Local Time for Free Practice 1 on Friday the 21st of April.
 

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FP1 99 leads the way
1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 40.270s [Lap 14/16] 288km/h (Top Speed)
2. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.527s +0.257s [16/18] 290km/h
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 40.676s +0.406s [21/21] 290km/h
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.823s +0.553s [16/19] 290km/h
5. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.838s +0.568s [12/20] 289km/h
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.925s +0.655s [21/21] 286km/h
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.995s +0.725s [16/18] 284km/h
8. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.208s +0.938s [16/18] 287km/h
9. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 41.380s +1.110s [12/16] 294km/h
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 41.466s +1.196s [19/19] 286km/h
11. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 41.648s +1.378s [7/18] 294km/h
12. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.815s +1.545s [18/19] 289km/h
13. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.947s +1.677s [16/16] 285km/h
14. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 42.029s +1.759s [16/18] 289km/h
15. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 42.132s +1.862s [12/18] 286km/h
16. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 42.140s +1.870s [16/17] 283km/h
17. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 42.210s +1.940s [10/18] 289km/h
18. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 42.279s +2.009s [19/20] 287km/h
19. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 42.576s +2.306s [16/19] 287km/h
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 43.050s +2.780s [20/22] 281km/h
21. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 43.130s +2.860s [14/16] 282km/h
 

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Jorge takes it again, him and Marc only 2 into the 139's
Suzuki and Aprilia become the final manufacturers to debut winglets on their MotoGP machines, during FP2 for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro is again replacing the injured Danilo Petrucci...

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.555s [Lap 16/18] 287km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.900s +0.345s [6/18] 290km/h
3. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.093s +0.538s [16/16] 283km/h
4. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.229s +0.674s [14/17] 292km/h
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 40.282s +0.727s [7/20] 286km/h
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.448s +0.893s [13/22] 286km/h
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 40.737s +1.182s [13/15] 294km/h
8. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.860s +1.305s [14/17] 289km/h
9. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.925s +1.370s [17/18] 289km/h
10. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.925s +1.370s [18/19] 293km/h
11. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 41.017s +1.462s [19/19] 295km/h
12. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.028s +1.473s [15/17] 289km/h
13. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 41.112s +1.557s [6/18] 288km/h
14. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.167s +1.612s [20/20] 290km/h
15. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.178s +1.623s [16/19] 288km/h
16. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.287s +1.732s [20/20] 287km/h
17. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.320s +1.765s [14/15] 285km/h
18. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.573s +2.018s [11/19] 285km/h
19. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.841s +2.286s [18/18] 290km/h
20. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 41.904s +2.349s [4/15] 281km/h
21. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 42.230s +2.675s [16/21] 282km/h
 

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Lorenzo steals the show on Friday

There were a number of new parts introduced in FP2, but once again all eyes were focused on Lorenzo who led from Marquez and Aleix Espargaro
Free Practice 1 had seen several upgrades and experimental parts from teams such as Movistar Yamaha MotoGP and the Repsol Honda Team. In Free Practice 2 yet more new parts were introduced as the MotoGP™ World Championship embraced winglets, at least one bike from each manufacturer running winglets in the second session. Aleix Espargaro’s (Team Suzuki Ecstar) GSX-RR had a total of six winglets with three small ones down each side of the front fairing, Suzuki had planned to test them on Monday but Espargaro pushed to use them before. Stefan Bradl’s (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) RS-GP also had winglets fitted as well as several other upgrades.

Winglets are used by most teams to help reduce wheelie out of corners. In previous years wheelie was tamed by electronics, but with the new Magneti Marelli system this is no longer as effective. Therefore a more physical solution has been found with winglets. No two winglets are alike and each manufacturer is taking a slightly different approach to size and positioning.
 

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FP3
FP3:
1. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.244s [Lap 20/21] 289km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.290s +0.046s [19/20] 290km/h
3. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.435s +0.191s [16/18] 290km/h
4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.490s +0.246s [17/19] 289km/h
5. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.579s +0.335s [18/20] 290km/h
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 39.742s +0.498s [22/22] 287km/h
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 39.801s +0.557s [15/17] 294km/h
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 39.812s +0.568s [19/19] 287km/h
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 39.819s +0.575s [17/21] 296km/h
10. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 39.828s +0.584s [17/18] 291km/h
11. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 39.935s +0.691s [17/18] 285km/h
12. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 39.983s +0.739s [17/19] 288km/h
13. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 40.261s +1.017s [16/19] 288km/h
14. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.289s +1.045s [21/21] 290km/h
15. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.363s +1.119s [14/17] 288km/h
16. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.424s +1.180s [17/19] 290km/h
17. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.597s +1.353s [15/17] 287km/h
18. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.916s +1.672s [18/19] 291km/h
19. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.055s +1.811s [15/18] 283km/h
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 41.442s +2.198s [20/22] 285km/h
21. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 41.530s +2.286s [15/15] 283km/h

Riders going directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
1. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)
3. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)
4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)
5. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)
6. Maverick Vinales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)
10. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)
 

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FP4
1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.241s [Lap 4/14] 287km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.507s +0.266s [4/15] 290km/h
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.671s +0.430s [4/15] 290km/h
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.064s +0.823s [4/14] 290km/h
5. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.065s +0.824s [5/12] 285km/h
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 40.212s +0.971s [4/13] 293km/h
7. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.261s +1.020s [11/16] 288km/h
8. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.299s +1.058s [11/12] 289km/h
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 40.471s +1.230s [3/14] 293km/h
10. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.512s +1.271s [10/16] 287km/h
11. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.565s +1.324s [3/13] 291km/h
12. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.850s +1.609s [9/13] 285km/h
13. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.043s +1.802s [5/12] 283km/h
14. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.063s +1.822s [11/11] 289km/h
15. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 41.143s +1.902s [4/13] 287km/h
16. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.144s +1.903s [4/12] 283km/h
17. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.205s +1.964s [8/10] 288km/h
18. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 41.394s +2.153s [8/15] 287km/h
19. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 41.530s +2.289s [11/13] 285km/h
20. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 41.558s +2.317s [13/13] 284km/h
21. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.558s +2.317s [4/11] 288km/h
 

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Vale Takes Pole!! Marc with last minute run was close, 46.99.93 front row, those 3 were in a league of there own time wise!!! should be a good one tomorrow!!

Valentino Rossi takes pole position at Jerez for the first time since 2005.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro is again replacing the injured Danilo Petrucci...

Qualifying 2:
1. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 38.736s [Lap 8/8] 287km/h (Top Speed)
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 38.858s +0.122s [6/8] 288km/h
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 38.891s +0.155s [8/8] 286km/h
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 39.580s +0.844s [7/8] 292km/h
5. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 39.581s +0.845s [8/8] 285km/h
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 39.588s +0.852s [7/7] 282km/h
7. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.678s +0.942s [7/8] 287km/h
8. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.720s +0.984s [7/8] 288km/h
9. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 39.742s +1.006s [6/8] 290km/h
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.881s +1.145s [6/8] 287km/h
11. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 40.054s +1.318s [6/6] 294km/h
12. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.184s +1.448s [5/5] 284km/h

Qualifying 1:
13. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.239s 285km/h
14. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.242s 287km/h
15. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.292s 287km/h
16. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.335s 287km/h
17. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.595s 288km/h
18. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.835s 281km/h
19. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 40.968s 284km/h
20. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 40.985s 289km/h
21. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 41.039s 280km/h
 

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Rossi wins three-way fight for 52nd pole position
Valentino Rossi banished his Qualifying demons to secure pole position in Jerez, besting Lorenzo and Marquez.
Tension hung in the air as the 12 fastest MotoGP™ World Championship riders zipped up their leathers and pulled on their helmets before stepping out to fight for pole position. Jerez is the shortest circuit of the opening four rounds, crew chiefs and their riders discussing one or two strop strategies until the final moments. As in almost every session at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was the first out of pit lane. Lorenzo, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), who had advanced through Q1, were the only riders to head out with the hard front tyre. The entire field had soft rears fitted from the start.

Straight away times were in the mid 1’39s, matching what they’d done during practice as Jorge Lorenzo seized the early lead. Both he and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) came into the pits to switch bikes, the pair looking as though they would opt for a three run strategy. Lorenzo immediately returned to the pits and had the new tyres fitted to his first bike.

Meanwhile Marquez had overtaken the lead of the session with a 1’39.064 and went back into the pits for new tyres, remaining on the same bike. Times had remained largely unchanged as the rest of the field had also returned for their second set of Michelin tyres.

With new tyres on his preferred bike, Lorenzo put the hammer down straight away and set a 1’38.858 to jump into provisional pole. Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) was able to benefit from the lap as he expertly stuck in the slipstream.

Marquez tried to respond to Lorenzo’s lap but once again the final sector proved to be his downfall. He had just one lap left to do it, fans edged forward in their seats as Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) began his final lap with roaring pace as well. All three traded fastest sectors as the chequered flag came out. Rossi the first to cross the line, a 1’38.736 to push Lorenzo to second. It was all down to Marquez, could he snatch a third straight pole?

Try as he might the Spaniard has unable to overcome the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo as Rossi claimed his first pole since the Dutch TT in 2015. This is the first time since 2009 that Rossi has started on the front for three consecutive races and his 52 premier class pole position.

He may be in the best qualifying form in over half a decade, but Rossi won’t have it easy on race day as both Lorenzo and Marquez are out for home glory. Lorenzo’s time made it a Yamaha 1-2 as the duo were split by 0.122s, clearly the YZR-M1 is working incredibly well at the Jerez circuit. This is Lorenzo’s fourth front row start of the year, third in Argentina his worst position of 2016.

Completing the front row, Marc Marquez was unable to catch the super smooth Yamahas. Turns 11 and 12 are the source of all of Marquez’s problems as he ended 0.155s back on Rossi. All three of the leading trio have had races decided at the final corner in Jerez, will it be three across into Turn 13 on Sunday?

As the battle for pole raged, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) quietly went about his business as he secured fourth on the grid. But it’s clear the leading trio are a league above, Dovizioso 0.844s back on Lorenzo and 0.689s off a front row start. Fourth on the grid is a great result for Ducati and Dovizioso as the factory team have struggled massively throughout the weekend.

Two Team Suzuki Ecstar bikes completed the second row of the grid, Maverick Viñales out qualifying Aleix Espargaro for the fourth time in 2016. Incredibly Viñales was only 0.001s behind Dovizioso and Espargaro was just 0.007s back on his teammate. The leading three may be set for an exclusive battle for victory, but the battle for fourth place is building to be just as exciting.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) will start from the head of the third row in front of Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing).

The fourth row will feature Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Loris Baz (Avintia Racing). Iannone had appeared to find some speed in Free Practice 3, but was not able to carry it over to Q2 as he qualified outside the front two rows for the first time in 2016.
 

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Wow. I really thought is was over when Lorenzo put in his top time. Kept thinking Marquez was going to do it, but not in the last sector.
 

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Finally broke down and got the video pass. Have access to so much awesome stuff now its great! I'm glad I did it. Now I have a lot of racing to catch up on, I will be spending my whole weekend on *********** lol. Cool to see Vale finally doing good in qualifying this year.
 

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That was an awesome last lap by Vale. Hopefully we will see some great racing tomorrow, it seems the tires have not been such an issue this round.
 

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all ready here too, hoping for an awesome race!!!

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Finally broke down and got the video pass. Have access to so much awesome stuff now its great! I'm glad I did it. Now I have a lot of racing to catch up on, I will be spending my whole weekend on *********** lol. Cool to see Vale finally doing good in qualifying this year.
haha thats great, you will never go back to TV ;) dont forget you can watch any past seasons race you want. Also be sure to utilize the no spoiler link, put it on your desktop this way you can access it whenever you want and not have the race results spoiled, just be sure to stay the hell away from social media :p
 
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