Yamaha took a vitally important step toward recovering lost face in San Marino as Jorge Lorenzo took their first pole position of the 2014 MotoGP season. The Spaniard and double former World Champion bested Andrea Iannone – who had headed up final practice – and team-mate Valentino Rossi, meaning reigning World Champion Marc Marquez had to settle for 4th; the first time he has failed to make the front row in 2014.
With the top six covered by just 0.2 seconds, the event provided some of the closest competition of the season. The result was made all the more surprising by both Friday practice sessions a complete washout courtesy of some nasty unseasonal weather hitting Italy’s Adriatic coast and the Misano circuit where the event is staged.
While there was a mix up at the front of the pack, there was another slice of disappointment for Britain’s Cal Crutchlow who failed to progress out of Q1 and starts 13th; the Englishman was fastest but elected not to make a final run and left the door open for Stefan Bradl and Yonny Hernandez to claim the top two positions and make the cut, though for Bradl a crash in Q2 left him as downcast as Crutchlow.
CLASSIFICATION – Qualifying – San Marino Grand Prix – 13th September 2014
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