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  

 

shares
comments
Lorenzo says Rossi relationship "non-existent"

Previous article

Lorenzo says Rossi relationship "non-existent"

Next article

Crutchlow warns Honda riders could crash at any time

Crutchlow warns Honda riders could crash at any time
Load comments
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Prime

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Prime

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021
Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home Prime

Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home

OPINION: Many of the UK’s MotoGP fans would prefer Donington Park to host the British GP beyond the expiry of Silverstone's current deal. But the track's fast, flowing circuit provides the best racing and should be regarded as its best bet for the foreseeable future

MotoGP
Aug 26, 2021
How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP Prime

How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP

The 2020 MotoGP season was an enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if you thought the world championship was a poorer place without Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape.

MotoGP
Aug 23, 2021