Andrea Dovizioso will start the final round of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship – the Valencia Grand Prix – from the front row of the grid at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Cheste. This morning the Ducati Team rider went second in FP3, thus going straight through into the afternoon’s Q2 run, where he set the third-quickest time in 1’31.392.
It will be a row 5 start for Jorge Lorenzo, who finished the morning session in seventeenth place. The Spanish rider, despite setting an excellent time of 1’31.900 in Q1, was unable to get through into Q2 after being edged out of second place by Viñales by just 42 thousandths of a second.
Michele Pirro on the other hand will start from the fourth row with twelfth-quickest time. The Ducati test-rider managed to go directly through into Q2 after qualifying tenth in the combined free practice times.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) - 3rd (1’31.392)
“The qualifying session went well and I’m very happy, because starting up at the front is always important, especially here at Valencia. This morning we made a big step forward in the rain, and it was important to be ready in case of a wet qualifying session. In fact, Q2 was held on a dry track surface and we were able in any case to find a good set-up and set a good time. For the race we have a good chance, but it will almost certainly rain and in that case anything can happen.”
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) - 13th (1’31.900)
“We went out on track for Q1 without any real data because in all the other sessions the track was wet. I think I did a good time, which was quite a surprise, and for just a few thousandths of a second I couldn’t get into Q2. In the end it was Viñales who knocked me off the top 2 spots in Q1 and then he set pole, so for this reason I think that if I had gone through I would have been a lot further up the grid. In any case it’s highly likely that tomorrow’s race will be held in the rain and we’ll find completely different conditions to today so we’ll try and bring home the best possible result.”
Michele Pirro (Ducati Team #51) - 12th (1’32.310)
“To be honest I hoped to do better than row 4, and so I can’t be pleased with my performance in qualifying. Unfortunately, with the dry track surface, I didn’t have a good feeling and was unable to do any better than twelfth place. In any case this morning I managed to get straight into Q2 and hopefully tomorrow the conditions will be better so we can try and improve and do a good race.”