MotoGP – Lorenzo claims pole in season opener in Qatar

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The front of the MotoGP grid had a familiar feel to it as reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo claimed the first pole position of the season under the floodlights in Qatar.

The Movistar Yamaha rider clocked a sensational time of 1m 55.543s on his very first flying lap, despite predictions that the new Michelin tyres would take a few laps to be warm enough to generate enough grip to post a fast time.

With Lorenzo on pole, and able to exploit the grip from the tyres on his first lap, it looks like tomorrow’s race may follow last season’s pattern – Lorenzo puts the hammer down and heads into the distance.

However, fellow Spaniard Marc Marquez will be doing his all to ensure his compatriot doesn’t have things all his own way after claiming second position with a time just 0.091s behind Lorenzo.

They’re joined on the front row by Maverick Viñales, who stuck his Suzuki GSX-RR in third, posting his fastest time on his final lap in 1m 54.638s to finish 0.95s off the top.

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