Jorge Lorenzo grabbed his first pole position of the season in a hectic qualifying for the 13th round of the MotoGP™ World Championship at the Grand Prix Di San Marino E Della Riviera Di Rimini at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on the Adriatic coast of Italy this afternoon.
In bright sunshine, a complete contrast to the torrential rain on Friday, Lorenzo gave the factory Yamaha team their first pole position of the season as he chases his fourth successive win at the 4.226 kms circuit. He received his first Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar watch of the season from Stefano Carrara, the Tissot Italy Brand Manager and in a great day for Yamaha, Valentino Rossi also qualified on the front row of the grid for the 28 lap race in third place. Sandwiched between the two Yamahas was the Ducati of Italian Andrea Iannone for his third front row start of the season. World Champion and championship leader Marc Marquez qualified off the front row for the first time this season in fourth place. Tissot Ambassador Bradley Smith crashed twice in the rain yesterday but was much happier in the sunshine today qualifying on the third row in ninth place. Stefan Bradl qualified through the first session but in qualifying two the Honda rider crashed and eventually qualifi ed on the fourth row in tenth place.
Tissot Ambassador Tom Luthi had a superb Moto2™ qualifying and led the way but finally had to settle for a front row start in third place. Finnish veteran Mika Kallio received his third Tissot T-Race pole setting watch of the season. He has won from his previous two poles and it should be another frantic battle with his team-mate and championship leader Tito Rabat who qualified in second place.
Moto3™ championship leader Australian Jack Miller received his seventh Tissot T-Race Touch Aluminium pole setting watch after fighting off the challenge of Niklas Ajo and last year’s winner Alex Rins. Miller, riding the KTM, holds a 13 point advantage over Alex Marquez in the championship with the Spanish Honda rider qualifying fourth despite a crash.
KTM have won the two Moto3 races held at Misano