Dovizioso gets sec­ond pole of 2016

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Du­cati’s An­drea Dovizioso claimed his sec­ond pole po­si­tion of the Mo­toGP sea­son, in a damp Malaysian Grand Prix qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion at Sepang.

While third prac­tice yes­ter­day morn­ing was dry, rain fell shortly af­ter­wards and the track sur­face was still wet for qual­i­fy­ing.

Cov­er­ing the un­likely prospect of the resur­faced cir­cuit dry­ing, Du­cati for Dovizioso and Yamaha for Valentino Rossi had sec­ond bikes read­ied with in­ter­me­di­ate tyres when Q2 started.

How­ever they weren’t needed, with Dovizioso lead­ing the way on wets for all of the 15 min­utes.

The Ital­ian’s first fly­ing lap was a 2m11.511s, 1.624 sec­onds faster than his clos­est chal­lenger at the time, Rossi.

Rossi, his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and world cham­pion Marc Mar­quez all re­duced that gap, with Lorenzo within 0.276s of Dovizioso when the che­quered flag was shown.

Dovizioso changed from a soft wet rear tyre to a hard mid­way through the ses­sion and went faster again on his fi­nal lap.

An­other rider to im­prove after the flag, Rossi pipped Lorenzo by 0.056s to grab sec­ond, while third for the Spa­niard still rep­re­sents a re­turn to form in wet con­di­tions.

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