Dovizioso dominates at soggy Sepang

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Andrea Dovizioso produced a dominant display at a sodden Sepang International Circuit to claim pole for Sunday's Malaysian MotoGP.

Ducati rider Dovizioso posted a time of two minutes and 11.485 seconds on Saturday, his fastest lap almost a quarter of a second quicker than Valentino Rossi.

After hitting the top of the timesheets early in Q2, Dovizioso remained unthreatened, as Rossi (+0.246seconds) and Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (+0.302s) completed the front row.

World champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) was the only other man within a second of the Italian pole-sitter, with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and the returning Andrea Iannone (Ducati) fifth and sixth respectively.

Crutchlow - the winner of last week's Australian GP at Phillip Island - had earlier come through Q1 together with Loris Baz, who did enough to make the second session despite a fall.

There was a crash for Crutchlow in Q2, but he recovered impressively to claim fifth.

 

Provisional standings:

1. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 2:11.485secs

2. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) +0.246s

3. Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) +0.302s

4. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) +0.389s

5. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) +1.073s

6. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) +1.113s

7. Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki Ecstar) +1.384s

8. Maverick Vinales (Suzuki Ecstar) +1.496s

9. Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) +1.840s

10. Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) +1.967s

11. Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) +2.222s

12. Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) +2.488s