Martin sets lap record for pole at San Marino GP


Pramac Racing's Jorge Martin twice set a lap record to capture pole position for the San Marino Grand Prix in Misano Adriatico, as championship leader Francesco Bagnaia recovered from last week's crash to seal a spot on the front row.

Spaniard Martin began with a scorching lap of one minute 30.832 seconds, bettering Marco Bezzecchi's previous record set during practice on Friday, before securing his spot atop the timesheets by improving on his own mark with a time of 1:30.390.

"It was a great lap, a great weekend overall. I was a bit worried about today," Martin said.

"But then I went all-in on the lap, I was braking super-heavy in some corners. I took a lot of risks to take the pole position, I'm so proud of my team and also myself."

Bezzecchi, nursing a wrist injury, kept up his pace from Friday to take second spot, while Ducati's MotoGP world champion Bagnaia, who had his leg run over in a crash at the Catalan Grand Prix, ended third.

The three riders occupy the top three spots in the overall standings, setting up an exciting weekend at the Misano circuit on Italy's Adriatic coast.

Bagnaia is top with 260 points, with Martin (210) in second and Bezzecchi (189) in third.

Aprilia's Maverick Vinales and KTM's Dani Pedrosa were fourth and fifth, while Catalunya GP winner Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) finished sixth after coming through the first qualifying session.

Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo, the 2021 world champion, did not advance to the second qualifying session after finishing third-fastest in Q1.