Rossi and Lorenzo complete the front row as Crutchlow salvages impressive P5 in a washed out Q2. Andrea Dovizioso took a stunning pole position at Sepang International Circuit, as the Italian veteran sliced half a second off the time at the top and remained unthreatened. Compatriot Valentino Rossi took P2 on his final lap, just edging out teammate Jorge Lorenzo.

In Q1, Cal Crutchlow took control of the wet session to secure graduation early on, then lowering his time further to top the table by a good margin over Frenchman Loris Baz. Baz, despite a Turn 2 crash, had done enough before the incident to secure his place in the second session and the two moved through.

 

Conditions for Q2 remained wet, but Dovizioso came out fighting near the start of the session and set what was an unthreatened provisional pole position laptime on only his second attempt, before being the only man able to beat that as he later took another few hundredths off. Rossi suffered a small moment around Turn 1 in the session, before gathering it back in to go for another attack and just take second on his final run. Lorenzo, who has struggled in 2016 getting the Michelin wet front tyre to work for him, put in a stunning show in the difficult conditions to not only duel with teammate Rossi, but qualify on the front row in conditions that have proved more difficult for the Mallorcan this season.

 

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez heads the second row as he struggles with illness and isn’t quite 100%, with Cal Crutchlow crashing out as he pushed to move forward and then picking the bike up to go for one more lap, taking an impressive P5. Recovering and returning Andrea Iannone put in a solid run in difficult conditions to qualify in sixth, ahead of the Team Suzuki Ecstar duo of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales who both struggled slightly more in the wet conditions of the Q2 session. Alvaro Bautista will line up ninth after not only graduating to Q2 but also qualifying within the top ten for the Noale factory, with Loris Baz impressing to complete the top ten, after graduating from Q1. Pol Espargaro was P11 after a tyre decision switch, ahead of twelfth-placed Hector Barbera, with race day however sure to see track conditions change once again and Sepang International Circuit ready for another spectacular Sunday clash.

 

Pos.

Rider

Team

Time

1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 2’11.485
2 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2’11.731
3 Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2’11.787
4 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 2’11.874
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda 2’12.558
6 Andrea IANNONE Ducati Team 2’12.598
7 Aleix ESPARGARO Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2’12.869
8 Maverick VIÑALES Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2’12.981
9 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’13.325
10 Loris BAZ Avintia Racing 2’13.452
11 Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2’13.707
12 Hector BARBERA Avintia Racing 2’13.973

 

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