Iannone on pole at Italian MotoGP

2015-05-30 16:34
Andrea Iannone (AP)

Luco di Mugello - Italian rider Andrea Iannone will start from pole position for the first time in his MotoGP career when he lines up for the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Ducati rider - who rode with a dislocated shoulder in the previous race in France a fortnight ago - posted the fastest time in qualifying at Mugello on Saturday to record his ninth career pole spot in all categories.

Spain's two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo - bidding for a third successive win this season - will start second on the grid and Iannone's team-mate and compatriot Andrea Dovizioso third.

Another Italian, legend Valentino Rossi leads the overall standings after five races - he will start in eighth spot.

Lorenzo - who has eaten into team-mate Rossi's lead in the championship with his victories in Spain and then France - had set the track alight in the morning practice session.

The 28-year-old Spaniard broke the track record for one lap with a scorching effort of 1min 46.617sec, bettering the previous mark set in 2013 by Honda's Dani Pedrosa by more than half a second.

Honda had a poor day with two-time defending champion Marc Marquez facing a real challenge to get his season going, after a series of listless performances, as for only the second time in his MotoGP career he failed to make the top 10 riders final session and will start the race only in 13th position.

The other two races will see British riders start from pole with Sam Lowes, riding a Speed Up, at the head of affairs in Moto2 - his second ever pole position - and compatriot and championship leader Danny Kent on a Honda in Moto3.

Grids for Italian Motorcycling Grands Prix after Saturday's qualifying at Mugello:


1. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Ducati) 1min 46.489sec, 2. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) at 0.095sec, 3. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 0.121, 4. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda LCR) 0.168, 5. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Suzuki) 0.365, 6. Michele Pirro (ITA/Ducati) 0.381, 7. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 0.386, 8. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 0.434, 9. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Suzuki) 0.445, 10. Pol Espargaro (ESP/Yamaha Tech3) 0.561

11. Bradley Smith (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) 0.601, 12. Yonny Hernandez (COL/Ducati Pramac) 0.934


13. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda)


1. Sam Lowes (GBR/Speed Up) 1:51.514, 2. Dominique Aegerter (SUI/Kalex) at 0.342sec, 3. Tito Rabat (ESP/ESP/Kalex) 0.360, 4. Thomas Luthi (SUI/Kalex) 0.365, 5. Luis Salom (ESP/Kalex) 0.606, 6. Johann Zarco (FRA/Kalex) 0.626, 7. Simone Corsi (ITA/Kalex) 0.630, 8. Xavier Simeon (BEL/Kalex) 0.641, 9. Alex Rins (ESP/Kalex) 0.726, 10. Axel Pons (ESP/Kalex) 0.813, 11. Sandro Cortese ((GER/Kalex) 0.817, 12. Julian Simon (ESP/Speed Up) 0.958


1. Danny Kent (GBR/Honda) 1min 56.615sec, 2. Hiroki Ono (JPN/Honda) at 0.289sec, 3. Romano Fenati (ITA/KTM) 0.704, 4. Karel Hanika (CZE/KTM) 0.714, 5. Niccolo Antonelli (ITA/Honda) 0.718, 6. Jakub Kornfeil (CZE/KTM) 0.751, 7. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Honda) 0.778, 8. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Mahindra) 0.914, 9. Andrea Locatelli (ITA/Honda) 0.936, 10. Isaac Vinales (ESP/Husqvarna) 1.032, 11. Miguel Oliveira (POR/KTM) 1.042, 12. Brad Binder (RSA/KTM) 1.081

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