Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso took pole position, his second of the season, on a damp Sepang International Circuit for tomorrow afternoon’s Malaysian Moto Grand Prix. Heavy rain during free practice four saw plenty of action for the riders but the Ducati man prevailed when others succumbed to the conditions, including Australian Grand Prix winner, Cal Crutchlow.
The Honda rider had a fall in earlier practice then another during qualifying itself, however he bounced back and rode through the pain barrier to qualify fifth.
Valentino Rossi and teammate Jorge Lorenzo qualified second and third to round out the front row while 2016 World Champion, Marc Marquez, was unable to knock the two Yamaha men off the front row, no matter how hard he tried.
Well I have been competitive in the rain here, this track is good in the wet,” said Lorenzo, who normally suffers in this conditions.
Marquez will start from P4, his first time off the front row since the Italian Grand Prix at Misano and he will be joined by Cal Crutchlow in fifth and Andrea Iannone, who is competing for the first time since his injury at Misano, putting his Ducati in sixth.
If Dovizioso wins here tomorrow he will be the ninth winner of the season and take Ducati’s second win of the season.
“I hope so, but these conditions make it very difficult,” he laughed when asked if he could win.
Tune in tomorrow afternoon for all the news from this penultimate round of the 2016 season.