Aragon MotoGP: Marquez slays opposition for sixth 2016 pole

Points leader Marc Marquez dominated qualifying for Motorland Aragon’s round 14 of the MotoGP championship.

Aragon MotoGP: Marquez slays opposition for sixth 2016 pole
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
Maverick Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

Marquez led the times from the very start of the crucial Q2 session, and his 1m47.117s that was set on his first flying lap proved unbeatable.

His Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was the man most likely to do so, but he fell heavily in the closing stages of the only lap that might have threatened Marquez. Pedrosa will start back on the third row in seventh.

Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo will join Marquez on the front row tomorrow, ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Story of the session

Marquez – who crashed this morning in FP3 – set the pace from the get-go, a 1m47.117s that was over 1.5s clear of the field in the opening five minutes.

Cal Crutchlow was the first man to get within a quarter of a second of him on his LCR Honda, before running off at Turn 2.

Lorenzo’s first serious effort was 1m47.934s, enough for third and ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi’s 1m48.110s.

On the final runs, Crutchlow crashed out at Turn 1 and Pedrosa went down at Turn 15, on a lap that was close to Marquez’s pole time.

Vinales jumped to second on 1m47.748s, 0.631s away from Marquez, and Lorenzo jumped to third on 1m48.778s.

Dovizioso will start fourth for Ducati, ahead of Crutchlow, Rossi and Pedrosa.

Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro qualified eighth, ahead of the Pramac Ducatis of Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding.

Pol Espargaro (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Aprilia’s Stefan Bradl, who, like Petrucci, progressed from Q1, will start 11th and 12 respectively.

Avintia Ducati’s Hector Barbera will start 13th, ahead of Alvaro Bautista, Yonny Hernandez and Eugene Laverty – who fell during the FP4 session.

Ducati factory rider Michele Pirro, subbing again for Andrea Iannone, crashed into the barrier at Turn 8 late on in Q1.

Alex Lowes sat out the session after picking up a left-foot injury in an FP3 crash.

Qualifying results

Pos.#DriverBikeTimeGap
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'47.117  
2 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'47.748 0.631
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'47.778 0.661
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'47.819 0.702
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'47.843 0.726
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'47.951 0.834
7 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'48.017 0.900
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'48.230 1.113
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'48.236 1.119
10 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'48.242 1.125
11 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'48.448 1.331
12 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'49.083 1.966
13 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'48.699  
14 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'48.904  
15 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'48.954  
16 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1'49.052  
17 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'49.139  
18 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'49.319  
19 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'49.490  
20 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'49.841  

 

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