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San Marino MotoGP Qualifying | Jorge Martin smashes lap record for pole

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Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing, Ducati GP23, 2023 San Marino MotoGP, Misano, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

Jorge Martin will start the San Marino MotoGP from pole position after setting a stunning lap record pace at Misano some +0.4s quicker than his nearest rival.

The Spaniard, who comes into this race having closed the margin to injured MotoGP Championship leader Pecco Bagnaia to 50 points, was untouchable as he swept around the Rimini circuit to post 1m 30.390secs lap.

A full five tenths quicker than the existing lap record, Martin’s effort puts him at the head of a Ducati 1-2-3 at its home venue ahead of Marco Bezzecchi and Bagnaia.


A strong result for both riders in consideration of the injuries they sustained in separate lap one accidents during last weekend’s Catalunya MotoGP, they will nonetheless have their work cut out to defeat an in-form Martin.

Maverick Vinales broke the Ducati deadlock in fourth place, the Aprilia rider well placed to challenge for his first win with the Italian manufacturer, while once again Dani Pedrosa proved he hasn’t lost any of his speed in retirement after qualifying as the top KTM rider in fifth.

After having to come through Q1, Aleix Espargaro got himself up to sixth place, ahead of a row three comprising Brad Binder, Luca Marini and Marc Marquez.

The other rider to come through Q1, Miguel Oliveira gets underway from tenth, ahead of Alex Marquez and Raul Fernandez, the latter making it two RNF Aprilias inside Q2 for the first time.

Prior to Q2, Fabio Quartararo missed out on a spot in the pole-deciding session by only four hundredths en route to 13th on the grid, ahead of wild-cards Michele Pirro on the Aruba Ducati and Stefan Bradl on the Honda. 

Elsewhere, Pol Espargaro suffered two crashes in the Q1 session as he brought up the rear in 23rd.

2023 San Marino MotoGP | Misano World Circuit, Italy | Qualifying Results | Round 12 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamBikeLap Time
1Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 30.390
2Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 30.787
3Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 30.828
4Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 30.916
5Dani Pedrosa🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 31.023
6Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.082
7Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 31.103
8Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 31.210
9Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 31.223
10Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.277
11Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 31.2768
12Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.341
13Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 31.467
14Michele Pirro🇮🇹Aruba RacingDucati GP231m 31.533
15Stefan Bradl🇩🇪Team HRCHonda RC213V1m 31.560
16Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 31.667
17Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 31.678
18Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 31.713
19Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 31.845
20Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 31.852
21Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 31.914
22Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 31.944
23Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 32.140
DNQTakumi Takahashi🇯🇵LCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213VNo Time

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