Lorenzo beats own record for Valencia pole
12 November 2016 – Jorge Lorenzo will start his final race for Yamaha from pole position after he broke his own lap record three times during qualifying at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo Circuit.
Lorenzo broke his lap record from 2015 on his first attempt and improved on two subsequent runs to finish with a 1:29.401, taking his fourth pole of the campaign in the process.
Repsol Honda's Marc Márquez, who crashed out of the fourth practice session, was the only rider to offer a challenge to Lorenzo but still wound up 0.340s behind his compatriot.
Valentino Rossi will round out the front row of the grid, but was 0.727s slower than his outgoing team-mate.
Maverick Viñales was fourth fastest for Suzuki, in front of Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and Tech 3's Pol Espargaró.
Andrea Iannone took seventh, ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Aleix Espargaró, who crashed at Turn 10.
Bradley Smith rounded out the top 10 while Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci both made it through Q1 but finished slowest in the second session, the Briton hindered by a crash.
Héctor Barberá will start from 13th position after missing out on a space in Q2, followed by Scott Redding and Jack Miller.
Loris Baz was 16th quickest, in front of outgoing Aprilia pair Stefan Bradl and Álvaro Bautista, the latter crashing out of the session.
Eugene Laverty fell en-route to 19th spot while MotoGP returnee Mika Kallio claimed 20th position as KTM continued to improve on its first weekend in the premier class.
Tito Rabat will line up in 21st, with Yonny Hernández at the back for his last race before returning to Moto2 for next season.
Sunday's Valencian Grand Prix begins at 14:00 local time