Lorenzo snatches pole for San Marino MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo earned pole position with a lap of 1:31.629. (AFP pic)

MILAN: Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo set a new track record to snatch pole position for Sunday’s San Marino motorcycle Grand Prix ahead of Australian Jack Miller and fellow Spaniard Maverick Viñales.

World champion and current championship leader Marc Márquez suffered a shock fall that saw him qualify fifth on a spare bike.

Three-time top-class world champion Lorenzo dominated Saturday’s second qualifying session to claim his third pole position so far this season with a new lap record of one minute, 31.629 seconds on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli track.

The Spanish rider finished 0.028 seconds ahead of Alma Pramac Racing’s Miller, with Yamaha’s Vinales 0.32 seconds behind.

Lorenzo’s Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso and Spaniard Márquez of Honda closed out the top five on Italy’s Adriatic coast.

Italy’s Valentino Rossi was seventh-fastest for Yamaha at a venue where he has won three times, most recently in 2014.