Tissot Pole Position Awards, San Marino 2015: Lorenzo begins the fight back in Misano
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After losing out at the previous round in the Silverstone rain Jorge Lorenzo began his fightback against Valentino Rossi by grabbing pole position for the Grand Prix of San Marino and the Riviera of Rimini this afternoon. Just five kilometres from Rossi's home, Lorenzo set a new lap record around the 4.22 kms Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli situated on the Adriatic coast of Italy to secure his third pole position of the season.
He received his pole setting Tissot T-Touch Solar watch from Miss Lucia Del Pasqua, The Fashion Politan. Lorenzo is joined on the front row of the grid for the 28 lap race by world champion Marc Marquez, who has never won a MotoGP race at Misano, and his Yamaha team-mate Rossi who leads him in the Championship by 12 points after his victory at the previous round.
Tissot Ambassador Bradley Smith secured his fifth second row start of the season when he qualified in sixth place on the Yamaha.
Despite a crash at the end of the session Stefan Bradl qualified 19th on the Aprilia, with Honda – mounted Nicky Hayden 23rd.
Moto2 Championship leader Johann Zarco secured his sixth Tissot pole setting Tissot T-Race Pole of the season and is joined on the front row of the grid for the 26 lap race by Alex Rins and Tissot Ambassador world champion Tito Rabat, who won the race last year. It was a tough 45 minute session for fellow Ambassador Tom Luthi who finally qualified in 13th place and will start from the fifth row.
Seventeen year old Italian Enea Bastianini lives in the nearby coastal town of Riccione and so it was a special Moto3 pole position for the Honda rider. He is second in the world championship and chasing his first grand prix win. Bastianini received his third Tissot pole setting Quickster watch of the season and is joined on the front row of the grid for the 23 lap race by South African Brad Binder and championship leader Danny Kent.
Jorge Lorenzo starts from pole for the third time in 2015. He has won on each of the previous two occasions he has started from pole this year – at Jerez and Brno. Lorenzo has finished on the podium on the last twenty-seven occasions he has started from pole.
Marc Marquez is on the front row for the eleventh time in 2015. Misano is one of just three current circuits where Marquez has not had a win in the MotoGP class, along with Motegi and Phillip Island.
Valentino Rossi is on the front row for just the third time this year. Rossi won at Misano last year from third place on the grid. Following his win at Silverstone two weeks ago, Rossi will be aiming for back-to-back race wins for the first time since he won in Catalunya and at the Dutch TT in 2009.
Bradley Smith has qualified on the second row of the grid for the fourth successive race. Smith has scored points at the last eighteen races, a sequence that started with a seventh place finish last year at Misano.
(foto by Piero Biagini)
Johann Zarco starts from pole for the sixth time in 2015. He has had four wins and a second place finish from his previous five poles this year.
In second place on the grid is the Moto3 winner at Misano last year, Alex Rins. Rins has finished on the podium at the last four successive races.
Taking the final place on the front row is Tito Rabat, the winner of the Moto2 race at Misano last year.
Heading the second row of the grid is Simone Corsi, who will be aiming to get back on the podium for the first time since he finished third in Germany last year.
Enea Bastianini is on pole for the third time in 2015. Bastianini has finished on the podium eight times from his 30 GP starts, but is still looking for his first win.
In second place on the grid is Brad Binder – the best ever qualifying result for a South African rider in the lightweight-class of grand prix racing.
Danny Kent is on the front row for the tenth time in 2015. Kent will be aiming to become the first ever British rider to win a grand prix at Misano.