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Mugello erupts as Valentino Rossi takes pole position with a new lap record

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Valentino Rossi has taken an outstanding lap record-breaking pole position in Mugello for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix, It’s the 39 year old’s 65th pole position in front of a lively home crowd.

Qualifying kicked off with Q1 which saw Maverick Vinales, Dani Pedrosa, Jack Miller, Aleix Espargaro and Tito Rabat all with a chance of getting into the all important Q2, Dani Pedrosa however after a fall in FP4 seemed a bit off of the pace we saw several shoots of the Spaniards head buffeting violently down the home straight at 215+ MPH he ended the session in a less than impressive 10th, which means he lines the Repsol Honda up 20th on the grid, with silly season in full swing Dani Pedrosa’s performance may not be very convincing for HRC at the moment being the lowest placed Honda in qualifying.

Q1 surprise performance was Tito Rabat just over a week ago had a horrendous crash at Catalunya which saw him injured with a 3cm tear in his fore arm, and with the changes of direction at Mugello to miss out on a place in Q2 by a tenth to Maverick Vinales shows what hard stuff Tito is made of, he spent the majority of Q1 in Mavericks tow however on his final PB lap Maverick received a message from the pits which saw Maverick peel off through the final turn.

It was Jack Miller and Maverick Vinales that took the first spoils in Q1 with Jack Miller posting a 1’46.771 at the time the second best lap time all weekend.

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Qualifying 2 in Mugello did not disappoint with FP4 and earlier in the day FP3 showing how close the top riders are on both race pace and one lap pace we knew it was going to be an excellent session.

Andrea Iannone was the quickest on the first run just few hundredths off of his lap record held from 2015 after the Italian who at the moment has topped FP1 and 2 and stayed in the mix during Saturdays proceedings, but there was some serious competition yet to come as all the riders headed back in put brand new Michelin soft slicks on for 1 last all or nothing lap.

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The final runs had started originally it was Marc Marquez who looked to be the biggest threat who was an amazing 4 tenths under Iannone’s time but a small mistake saw him roll out of the lap, next up Maverick Vinales last years pole setter fired in a fast lap of a 1’46.306 to put him on provisional pole but his team-mate immediately swoop the top spot with a 1’46.208 a new lap record with just a couple of minutes to go.

Jorge Lorenzo came across the line with a 1’46,243 as there was a tense wait to see if Rossi had done enough to secure his 65th career pole as Cal Cruchlow and in particular Danilo Petrucci looked threatening but to no success the doctor had done it and the circuit immediately erupted as the home fans get to see their home town hero’s in both Moto2 and MotoGP line up on pole.

Find out what happens tomorrow here.

Full QP1 results here.

Full QP2 results here.

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