Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi was the fastest in the qualifying session of the 2016 Italian Grand Prix on 21 May. The seven-time champion stormed to take his first pole position at the Mugello circuit since 2008.
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Rossi enthralled fans at his home circuit to take pole despite being in the ninth position at the closing stages. The Italian clocked a lap of 1:46.504s with less than 60 seconds left. This was the 63rd pole position of his career, equalling teammate and arch-rival Jorge Lorenzo who was on top.
Having set the pace during the first half of the day, Ducati's Andrea Iannone eventually finished in the third place with a timing of 1:46.607s while Maverick Vinales of Suzuki finished second with 1:46.598s.
Top 10 qualifying results from the Mugello Circuit:
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha 1:46.04s
2. Maverick Vinales (SPA) Suzuki 1:46.598s
3. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati 1:46.607s
4. Marc Marquez (SPA) Honda 1:46.759s
5. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha 1:46.882s
6. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Suzuki 1:47.186s
7. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Honda 1:47.218s
8. Bradley Smith (GBR) Yamaha 1:47.247s
9. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Honda 1:47.261s
10. Scott Redding (GBR) Octo 1:47.359s