- September 23, 2017
Jorge Lorenzo powered his way to a front row start for the Aragón Grand Prix with the second-quickest time this afternoon in the Q2 qualifying session. This morning the Ducati Team’s rider from Mallorca had to settle for the eleventh-quickest time in the FP3 session, which meant he took part in Q1, but there he went on to top the timesheets. In the second qualifying session Jorge then set a time of 1’47.735 which put him into second place on the grid and a front row start, just a tenth away from the pole time of Viñales.
It will be a row 3 start for Andrea Dovizioso, who this morning gained direct access into Q2 with sixth-quickest time in FP3. In qualifying the Italian rider finished seventh with a time of 1’48.137, and he will start tomorrow’s 23-lap Aragón GP from row 3.
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – 1’47.735 (2nd)
“Today we did a really good job and I’m pleased with my progress from this morning until this afternoon. I had some great sensations both in FP4 and in qualifying and it was quite a surprise to be on the front row if you look at my times this morning. This time it was useful to take part in Q1 because I was able to do a lot more laps with the soft tyres and prepare better for Q2. I think I have a good pace, but it will be very important to choose the rear tyre and manage it well during the race. In any case I’m ready to do a good race tomorrow.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1’48.137 (7th)
“Unfortunately, because of the conditions we found yesterday, today we didn’t have much time to work on the bike and try the various types of tyres available. Before qualifying I didn’t have a great feeling, but I managed anyway to set a good time and we are all pretty close together. Even though I’m starting a bit behind in seventh place, I think I have a good chance for the race and tomorrow it will be the choice of rear tyre that will make all the difference. For us all three options are interesting and we haven’t decided which one to choose yet so this evening me and my team will have to study the data well.”