Aragon MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after qualifying

Marc Marquez takes impressive home pole position.

Aragon MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after qualifying
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Maverick Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda
Pos.#DriverBikeTimeGap
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'47.117  
“I'm very happy with how the day went, especially with the pace we had in FP4, which was very good. Today we found a good setup for the bike and we were able to improve on yesterday, although it was a shame about the crash this morning. In qualifying I was very comfortable on my first lap, as it is when the tyre has its maximum potential, and I also pushed on my second lap but not as close to the limit. With today's temperatures we were able to work very well with the front end. Hopefully the good weather continues tomorrow. If it gets colder, we would have to reassess the front tyre choice. Regardless, I’m satisfied; like every year, I feel very good at this track and I hope we can finish well on Sunday.”
2 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'47.748 0.631
“Today we did a really good job, we improved since yesterday and also found an effective time attack that resulted in the second position. This morning, my team delivered me an improved machine that allowed me to enter the Q2 and then in the afternoon we really hit the good lap. We also worked on the pace in FP4 and I feel consistent and efficient, although I still feel we can find something to further improve. We will work on this, as tomorrow, the race will be very hard, so it’s important to try all we can to make a good race. Tyres will also be important; they will drop their performance a lot in the race so it will be important to be careful to preserve them.”
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'47.778 0.661
“This morning with the soft front tyre I was competitive, just like yesterday. The only problem is that when we put in a hard-and-hard combination on this bike and with my riding, that I‘m too slow. The other‘s don‘t suffer so much and can be competitive, so we have to decide if tomorrow it‘s possible to use the soft rear tyre, because with that option we are maybe not as fast as our main rival, but we are OK. With the hard one, it‘s difficult, so let‘s see if the soft tyre is the right option, because it looks like after 10 or 15 laps especially the right side is destroyed.”
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'47.819 0.702
“I am happy with the work we did today because we were able to make big improvements in my feeling with the bike, allowing me to go well in FP4, which is the session that is closest to the race conditions. We started off with tyres that had already been used in the morning, and even though they were a bit worn, I lapped in a low 1’49” in my last exit, which is very positive. Qualifying went good as well and so I want to thank my team because we’ve worked well throughout the weekend, in a difficult situation seeing as there is very little grip on the track. Row 2 is a good position for the start and tomorrow I will do everything possible to have a good race at this circuit, in particular because in the past I have never been able to get any good results at Aragón.”
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'47.843 0.726
“Obviously I’m disappointed because I felt I could easily have been on the front row today. I made a mistake under braking at the end of the session, but this is typical with the Honda at the moment. I was pushing so hard in the braking zone to make up time on the others, but that’s MotoGP. For sure I wasn’t going to get in front of Marc Marquez who took pole, but I should have been second. I was pushing to the limit and this is what happens. The hope for tomorrow is that we are up there battling, but starting from the second row it is a bit more difficult. We have Dovizioso next to us and he always gets good starts, but he could hold us up in the race because he has such a fast bike out of the corners. You need to be able to push in the first few laps, but he might get in my way. I hope not!”

 

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