Valencia MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after qualifying

Jorge Lorenzo was in a league of his own today, bettering the previous pole position record at Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo - set by himself last year - by 0.610s.

1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'29.401  
"My motivation was full on, because I wanted to get the best challenge for pole position, but tomorrow is going to be the most important because that decides the victory, which for sure will be very hard to get it. At least I can say that in the last race with Yamaha I got pole position and I think that today I was inspired. This 1‘29.8s I already expected and I did it, but not only that, I improved the lap time without a new tyre. I did everything I could and risked in braking. It was a great day and an inspiring moment and I‘m very proud and very happy."
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'29.741 0.340
“We’re happy because getting a place on the front row was our main objective, since we knew that it would be very difficult to get pole position today. We pushed our hardest and I had been preparing since the last Free Practice session, in which I had a little crash while I was looking for the limit. Then in qualifying, our original plan was to use just two tyres and to make two or three laps at the end, but in my first exit I found Iannone going quite slow in the middle of the track. I think he just didn’t see me, so though I got a bit angry in that moment as I was approaching quite fast, now everything is okay and there are no problems. Anyway, today Lorenzo was a step ahead of us, especially with the new tyres, and I congratulate him for the time he set. Regarding the tyre choice for the race, we’ll see tomorrow: I feel good enough with the soft rear but we think it may not last the race. This morning we were quite good with the harder option as well, so let’s wait and see. Tomorrow in the warm-up we’ll also try to make another little step with the setup to improve in T4, but anyway, generally speaking I’m happy because we’ve worked well and I think we have a good pace for tomorrow.”
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'30.128 0.727
"At this track Jorge and Marc are very strong and I‘m very happy about this front row because usually I struggle always at Valencia and during the practices, from yesterday to today, we had a lot of problems. We weren‘t fast enough but we improved and I think I did a quite good lap, but they are still a bit faster. Depending very much on the pace, I hope to be strong enough to be able to fight for the podium."
4 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'30.276 0.875
“The qualifying didn’t go as I was expecting, we had the potential for the first row but unfortunately we didn't take out all our best. We decided to try a new strategy, with three runs instead of the usual two, but it takes me some time to warm-up the tyre in the proper way so in the last attempt, with only one lap to go, I couldn’t improve as I wanted. Anyway, the day has been positive, this morning I could be fast and then in FP4 we tested a very good pace. I’ll have the chance of being in the front in the beginning if I’ll make a good start tomorrow, and then I’ll probably be able to exploit the positive pace I have.”
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'30.338 0.937
“I’m satisfied with the work we did today because we focussed on race pace. Above all, in FP4 we used the same tyres as we had in the morning, and we picked up some important information about the tyre wear which will be useful tomorrow. In qualifying I did a good lap, for sure it wasn’t a perfect run, but I’m satisfied because it was vital to get onto the front two rows and we managed to do that. Now we’ll use the warm-up for fine-tuning and then in the race it’ll be essential to get a good start. Even though it’s not going to be easy, I feel sure we can fight for a podium place.”


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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia GP
Sub-event Saturday qualifying
Track Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez , Maverick Viñales
Teams Ducati Team , Yamaha Factory Racing , Repsol Honda Team , Team Suzuki MotoGP
Article type Qualifying report