The two factory Ducati Team riders scored a splendid front row start for the Catalan GP, round 7 of the MotoGP World Championship which gets underway at 1400 CET tomorrow at the Montmeló circuit. Jorge Lorenzo powered to his first pole position on a Ducati, chalking up an incredible record of 14 front-row starts in 14 successive races held at the Catalan circuit. The Mallorca-born rider this morning was 12th quickest in FP3 but, thanks to second place overall in the combined standings with the time he set yesterday, he went through directly into the afternoon’s Q2 session.
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99): 1st (1’38.680)
“I’m very satisfied because today was a fantastic day! We have been competitive in every session and I feel entirely at ease on the bike. My first pole position with Ducati is a really special one and it gives me a special satisfaction because I’ve done it at the Catalan GP. After the good sensations at Mugello, coming here and progressing in the same way means that we are working very well. In my first exit I tried to set a time but for some reason I didn’t have the same grip with the rear tyre. I kept calm and on my second run I pushed to the max. It wasn’t easy because Marquez was also lapping really strongly, but in the end we did it. The race will be difficult, but we are amongst the favourites and it’ll be vitally important to keep concentration for the 24 laps.”
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