The Spanish riders get the Poles in all classes

This afternoon was inaugurated Jorge Lorenzo corner.

Jorge Lorenzo got his fourth pole in Jerez

For Esteve Rabat was the first

Alex Rins was fastest rider in Moto3.


Jorge Lorenzo clinched his second pole position of the 2013 MotoGP™ season at the Gran Premio bwin de España today, topping an incident-packed qualifying session in on his 26th birthday ahead of Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi, who will fill positions two to five despite all four riders suffering falls this afternoon.

With the sun shining and thousands pouring into the Circuito de Jerez for the first European qualifying session of the year, the front row was locked out by riders from the home nation, with Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo delivering a best lap time of 1’38.673 to see off Repsol Honda Team’s Pedrosa by just under three tenths of a second.

Although Lorenzo has looked extremely strong since the start of the weekend, he was aided by high-speed crashes, which either disrupted or terminated his closest rivals’ sessions. Pedrosa’s teammate Marquez had tumbled in the final free practice session, whereas Yamaha Factory’s Rossi and Pedrosa’s errors came at almost the same moment as qualifying reached its climax. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Crutchlow visited gravel traps in both sessions and was fortunate to re-join the action and qualify fourth quickest. He visited the medical centre for further checks at the end of the day for precautionary checks.

Behind Rossi, the second row is completed by GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, who out-qualified Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl - who progressed to the pole shootout from Q1 with a trilling last ditch effort - and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso. Hector Barbera led the CRT riders and impressed with a top ten position, but he too would be a crasher by the time the chequered flag flew.

11th place was an achievement for Andrea Iannone, as the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing rider had sustained cuts to his left leg in a Q1 accident, while Tech 3’s Bradley Smith had been the last man to enter Q2. That left Power Electronics Aspar out of the shootout for the first time in 2013 to the disappointment of Aleix Espargaro, who will start 13th from Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro and Aspar teammate Randy de Puniet.

Row six consists of Avintia’s Hiroshi Aoyama, Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci and Gresini’s Bryan Staring on the team’s CRT machine. The NGM Mobile Forward Racing attack will be spearheaded by Claudio Corti from 19th spot, who out-qualified Colin Edwards after the Texan crashed in Q1. The grid is completed by PBM pairing Yonny Hernandez and Michael Laverty, plus Lukas Pesek, whose Ioda bike was yet another to end the day off the circuit.

Cardion AB Motoracing was not in action for qualifying, as Karel Abraham’s broken right collarbone provided too much pain on Friday. Also on the sidelines is Ignite Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies, who since the race in Texas has been advised by doctors to rest in order to rectify an on-going problem with a pectoral muscle.


Spain’s Esteve Rabat earned a career-first pole position for the Moto2™ Gran Premio bwin de España, as the Tuenti HP 40 rider shared the front row with championship leader Scott Redding and Takaaki Nakagami.

The result marks the second time in as many races that a rider has sealed a first-career-pole while competing in the Moto2 class, as Redding did in Texas a fortnight ago. On this occasion, the Marc VDS Racing Team rider is well placed to defend his championship lead from second, ahead of Italtrans Racing Team’s Nakagami who finished on the podium of the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Rabat proved untouchable on Saturday afternoon, lapping the first European track of the season in 1’43.251, which was almost half a second up on Redding. Erstwhile championship leader and pre-season favourite Pol Espargaro starts fourth for Tuenti HP 40, sharing the second row with Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres and Desguaces La Torre Maptaq’s Xavier Simeon.

On the second Aspar bike, Austin winner Nico Terol could manage no more than seventh place, beating Desguaces La Torre SAG’s Marcel Schrotter by just nine thousandths of second as one full second covered the top ten. That particular group was rounded out by Interwetten Paddock Moto2’s Tom Luthi on his return to the championship, and Australian Anthony West for the QMMF Racing Team.


Fresh from his maiden career victory in Texas, Alex Rins stormed to a second consecutive pole position for the Gran Premio bwin de España in Jerez today. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider will share the front row with Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom, his two closest challengers in the championship.

The achievement for Rins marks not only his second pole position in a row, but also his second successive pole at Jerez, and the third of the 17-year-old’s short career. It was earned in confident fashion, as the leading lap time of 1’46.660 was almost half a second quicker than Viñales, who returned to Jerez this weekend for the first time since the pre-season testing crash that injured his right hand. Salom is hoping for a strong start from third as he looks to repeat his Qatar win.

The second row is made up of Ambrogio Racing’s South African Brad Binder, Caretta Technology – RTG’s Jack Miller and GO&FUN Gresini Moto3’s Niccolo Antonelli thanks to strong efforts all round. Antonelli’s teammate Lorenzo Baldassarri was less fortunate and crashed his bike at Turn 7, suffering a dislocated right shoulder. His participation in the race will be decided on Sunday morning.

Also falling during the session were Avant Tecno’s Niklas Ajo, who however still qualified eighth, and both Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders within one minute of each other. Alex Marquez, down in 22nd, was the first to lose control, less than ten minutes into the session, with Rins then high-siding. The latter was already quickest and, never headed atop the timesheet, re-joined to go faster still.

Ahead of Ajo on the third row will be Jonas Folger in seventh place, despite the Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 rider having topped Friday’s second practice session. Jakub Kornfeil qualified ninth, with the Redox RW Racing GP rider having arrived at the circuit only today after completing compulsory exams on Friday.

Completing the top ten was Efren Vazquez on the leading Mahindra Racing machine, heading Row 4 from Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Ambrogio’s Danny Webb, who improved dramatically thanks to his best lap, which came late in the session.


In other hand, after qualifying sessions was officially inaugurated Jorge Lorenzo corner in a ceremony held with the presence of spanish champion, the mayor of Jerez, Maria José Garcia Pelayo, Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sport and other authorities in which was discovered a monolith in honour of the rider.

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