Iannone takes Mugello pole, Marquez knocked out in Q1

Andrea Iannone secured a maiden MotoGP pole position on home soil at Mugello, while Marc Marquez will start from 13th after getting knocked out of the first part of qualifying.

Marquez left himself with work to do after setting only the 11th quickest practice time in FP3, ensuring he would have to battle his way into Q2, and further demonstrated his factory Honda's demons with a lowside crash at the first corner in FP4 immediately before qualfying.

The reigning champion waited until the middle of the 15-minute Q1 session to hit the track, immediately going second to Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro, 0.018s slower, and then failing to improve on his following lap.

That left Marquez vulnerable as the rest of the field hit the track in the closing minutes, and it fell to Pramac Ducati's Yonny Hernandez to seal the Spaniard's fate.

Helped by a tow from Loris Baz, Hernandez set the fastest time of all, beating Espargaro by a tenth, to secure his Q2 spot at the expense of Marquez, who will have to battle his way up the order from 13th in Sunday's race.

Lorenzo misses out

Lorenzo was quickest initially in Q2, setting a benchmark of 1m46.808s before lowering it to a 1m46.648s in the closing minutes - but he was immediately beaten by Iannone's Ducati, benefitting from the softer rear tyre and the Yamaha rider's tow.

The Italian's 1m46.489s proved enough for pole, with Lorenzo missing out by 0.095s in his final attempt. Andrea Dovizioso, also on the soft rear, secured the final front row spot in third, 0.121s back from teammate Iannone.

Cal Crutchlow, who held the spot early on, was demoted to fourth, with Espargaro and Ducati wild-card Michele Pirro, who enjoyed Dovizioso's tow on his best lap, making up the rest of the second row.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa took seventh, ahead of a slightly subdued Valentino Rossi aboard the second factory Yamaha and Suzuki's Maverick Vinales, who equalled his best ever MotoGP grid position with ninth.

Tech 3 Yamaha men Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith and Hernandez complete the top dozen ahead of Marquez.

Qualifying results:

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
Andrea Iannone Ducati 1m46.489
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0.095
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.121
Cal Crutchlow Honda 0.168
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.365
Michele Pirro Ducati 0.381
Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.386
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.434
Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.445
10  Pol Espargaro Yamaha 0.561
11  Bradley Smith Yamaha 0.601
12  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 0.934
  Q1 times:    
13  Marc Marquez Honda 0.751
14  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1.008
15  Hector Barbera Ducati 1.489
16  Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1.558
17  Scott Redding Honda 1.631
18  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1.644
19  Nicky Hayden Honda 1.809
20  Karel Abraham Honda 1.877
21  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1.988
22  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2.014
23  Jack Miller Honda 2.083
24  Eugene Laverty Honda 2.149
25  Alex de Angelis ART 2.709
26  Marco Melandri Aprilia 4.902

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Series MotoGP
Event Italian GP
Track Mugello Circuit
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez , Andrea Iannone
Article type Qualifying report