Lorenzo takes pole for MotoGP’s season-ending Valencia GP

VALENCIA, Spain: Title contender Jorge Lorenzo will start from pole position at MotoGP’s season-ending Valencia Grand Prix at being fastest in qualifying Saturday.


Lorenzo had a record-breaking lap of 1 minute, 30.011 seconds at the Ricardo Tormo circuit outside of Valencia, 0.488 seconds ahead of Marc Marquez and 0.505 seconds in front of Dani Pedrosa.

Seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi, who has a seven-point lead over Lorenzo, fell on Turn 8 and was only 12th fastest in qualifying, 1.460 seconds behind Lorenzo.

Rossi will start from the back of the grid because of a penalty received in the previous race for kicking Marquez and forcing him to crash. The veteran Italian needs at least a second-place finish to guarantee his first title since 2009.