Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix – Qualifying Results 29 October 2016

By October 29, 2016 Uncategorized


In a wet Q2 pole went to Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), his second of the season. Completing the front row of the starting grid will be Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team-mates Valentino Rossi in second and Jorge Lorenzo third. This is a vast improvement on their qualifying in their last outing in Phillip Island in similar weather conditions where they qualified 15th. and 12th. respectively

Fourth place went to Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) who has been suffering an illness over the last few days with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) in fifth after crashing and re-mounting during Q2 to claim the spot ahead of Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) in sixth.

Front row:

1    Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA)           Ducati Team                              Ducati                     2’11.485
2    Valentino ROSSI (ITA)                Movistar Yamaha MotoGP      Yamaha                  +0.246
3    Jorge LORENZO (SPA)               Movistar Yamaha MotoGP      Yamaha                  +0.302


Reigning World Champion and current championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) took pole in a dominant fashion lapping over two seconds quicker than any other rider. Second place went to Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) with Axel Pons (AGR Team) completing the front row in third spot.

Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) will start from fourth place ahead of championship contender Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) in fifth and Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) in sixth.

Championship contender Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) had a poor qualifying starting from a lowly twenty-third spot in a race he probably has to win if he has any chance of taking the title.

Front row:

1    Johann ZARCO (FRA)                        Ajo Motorsport                                       Kalex                    2’18.621
2    Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA)            Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS             Kalex                    +2.134
3    Axel PONS (SPA)                               AGR Team                                                Kalex                    +2.762


With qualifying being red flagged because of torrential rain riders were let out on the track with only nineteen minutes of qualifying left. With Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0 ) on provisional pole ahead of Francesco Bagnaia (Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team ) both with times set during the damp period prior to the red flag it seemed unlikely that their times would be beaten on the very wet track. However, when the flag came out to end the session Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was on a flying lap which proved to be fast enough for Binder to take pole from Navarro by just under one-tenth of a second with Bagnaia third.

Heading the second row of the grid in fourth will be Lorenzo Della Porta (SKY Racing Team VR46) with Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA Racing Team) fifth and Niccolo Antonalli (Ongetta-Rivacold) sixth.

Front row:

1    Brad BINDER (RSA)                       Red Bull KTM Ajo                                                        KTM                        2’26.268
2   Jorge NAVARRO (SPA)                  Estrella Galicia 0,0                                                       Honda                    +0.093
3   Francesco BAGNAIA (ITA)            Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team                           Mahindra               +0.127

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