MOTOGP: Lorenzo Snaps Qualifying Drought; Grabs First Pole of Season at Misano

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MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy – official release — MotoGP photo — Jorge Lorenzo has earned his first pole of the 2014 MotoGP season, racing to the top of the time sheets Saturday at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Lorenzo sped around the Misano layout with a 1:33.238 lap time to grab his first pole since Motegi 2013 aboard his Yamaha. Just .051 of a second behind Lorenzo, Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) matched his best MotoGP qualifying result despite a fall on Friday which saw him take a heavy ankle knock.

Completing the front row at his home track, nine time World Champion Valentino Rossi qualified in third – his highest start since he was third in Australia last season.

Meanwhile, for the first time this season defending MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez qualified off the front row, lapping .122 of a second behind Lorenzo’s pole time in fourth place. On the other side of the Repsol Honda garage Dani Pedrosa slotted his RC213V into fifth spot on the grid, with a time just .058 of a second slower than that of Marquez.

A further .021 of a second behind Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) completed the second row.

The third row of the grid for Sunday’s round 13 contest will comprise brothers Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) and Englishman Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3).

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