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Jorge Lorenzo is the current MotoGP champion Getty

Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest during the qualifying session of the 2016 Qatar Grand Prix. The Spaniard took pole for the first race of this season on Sunday, 20 March.

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Qualifying Review

Defending champion Jorge Lorenzo continued his form from last season, as he ensured he will start the opening race of season in pole position. This was the Spaniard's fourth Qatar Grand Prix pole position and the 62nd pole of his career, which is highest ever in MotoGP history.

Honda's Marc Marquez qualified in second place with a lap time of 1:54.634s, while Maverick Vinales of team Suzuki finished in third, putting three different makers on the front row.

Seven-time champion Valentino Rossi qualified in the fifth place. The Italian, though, created controversy, when he was seen gesturing at team-mate Lorenzo after going past him. The two continued to argue as they pulled up to do their practice starts.

Top 10 Practice Results from Losail Circuit:

1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha 1:54.543s

2. Marc Marquez (SPA) Honda 1:54.634s

3. Maverick Vinales (SPA) Suzuki 1:54.638s

4. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati 1:54.693s

5. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha 1:54.815s

6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati 1:54.963s

7. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Honda 1:55.078s

8. Hector Barbera (SPA) Ducati 1:55.165s

9. Pol Espargaro (SPA) Yamaha 1:55.302s

10. Cal Crutchlow (SPA) Honda 1:55.352s