Rossi grabs pole on home turf

Valentino Rossi was greeted with the loudest cheer of the afternoon as he grabbed pole position in front of his Italian fans at Mugello.

As the sun baked down on Rossi’s home circuit and temperatures soared, Ducati’s Andrea Iannone set the early pace with a 1:46.727.

He was joined on the provisional front row by Maverick Vinales and Marc Marquez. The Honda rider was just 0.032s down such was the level of competition.

Jorge Lorenzo was fourth with Rossi P8 after the riders had completed their first run in Q2.

Iannone upped his pace on his second run but was still beaten by Rossi. The MotoGP legend posted a 1:46.504 and had to wait as his rivals crossed the line.

Vinales looked to be on a hot lap that could challenge but he fell 0.094s short and qualified P2. Iannone dropped to third.

Marquez qualified in fourth place and will line up alongside reigning MotoGP Champion Lorenzo and Aleix Espargaro.

The Suzuki rider had to come through Q1 to book his place in the second qualifying segment as did Scott Redding, who qualified P10.

Meanwhile Andrea Dovizioso’s Italian woes continued. He finished down in 13th position, one place ahead of Pol Espargaro, who was running P1 in Q1 when he crashed at Turn 10 with two minutes remaining.

He could only watch as others went quicker and he dropped down down the order. Cal Crutchlow, who qualified P16, also went down, crashing at Turn 12.

Times
1 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’46.504
2 Maverick VIÑALES Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’46.598 +0.094
3 Andrea IANNONE Ducati Team 1’46.607 0.103
4 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1’46.759 0.255
5 Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’46.882 0.378
6 Aleix ESPARGARO Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’47.186 0.682
7 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1’47.218 0.714
8 Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’47.247 0.743
9 Danilo PETRUCCI OCTO Pramac Yakhnich 1’47.261 0.757
10 Scott REDDING OCTO Pramac Yakhnich 1’47.359 0.855
11 Michele PIRRO Ducati Team 1’47.361 0.857
12 Yonny HERNANDEZ Aspar Team MotoGP 1’47.436 0.932
13 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 1’47.089
14 Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’47.159
15 Hector BARBERA Avintia Racing 1’47.555
16 Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda 1’47.659
17 Jack MILLER Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’47.830
18 Eugene LAVERTY Aspar Team MotoGP 1’48.111
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’48.372
20 Stefan BRADL Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’48.646
21 Loris BAZ Avintia Racing 1’48.991
Tito RABAT Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

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