Jorge Lorenzo smashed the lap record on his way to pole position for the season-ending Valencia MotoGP on Saturday.
In what will be his final race for Yamaha before moving to Ducati next season, Lorenzo clocked a red hot lap of one minute and 29.401 seconds to head the front row on Sunday.
Lorenzo, who won at Valencia last year en route to his third MotoGP world title, will be joined on the front of the grid by new world champion Marc Marquez.
The Spanish Repsol Honda rider suffered a scare earlier in the day when he slid off into the gravel but he was quickly back on the bike to grab second place, over three tenths of a second behind Lorenzo.
Valentino Rossi bounced back from a disappointing practice session to take third place and complete the front row.
Yamaha’s multiple world champion finished a massive seven tenths back, but will have no real pressure on him during the race after having sealed his third consecutive runners-up finish in the season-long standings last month at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Maverick Vinales, Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro make up the second row.
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