Today Marc Marquez qualified on the MotoGP front row for the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain, in a hard-fought and very close session.

Marquez and his team worked hard to find the best setup for the Andalusian track, trying some modifications even after FP4. The changes proved positive and allowed the Repsol Honda man to fight for pole and eventually set the third-fastest time, just over one and a half tenths from the top.

In FP3 Dani Pedrosa improved his pace from yesterday setting the fifth-fastest time, and although he placed seventh in qualifying, his lap time was just 98 thousandths of a second off the fourth-best lap time.

Exactly 55 years ago Tom Phillips gave Honda its first-ever Grand Prix victory at the opening race of the 1961 125cc World Championship, at Barcelona’s Montjuïc Park.

Tomorrow’s race will start at 2:00 p.m. local time.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'38.891

“I’m satisfied because before the qualifying session, we knew it would be difficult to get pole position, and the goal was to achieve a place on the front row. I think we did a great job; I rode well and I felt comfortable on the bike. Thanks to the work of the whole team, we tested three different setups that ultimately allowed me to be consistent in qualifying, which isn't usually something I’m able to do. All I can say is that today Jorge [Lorenzo] and Valentino [Rossi] were faster than me. We’ll see if we can stay with them during the race tomorrow, because it seems that they have a very good pace.”

Dani Pedrosa

7th 1'39.678

“Seventh isn’t the result I was expecting. I thought I could do better but it’s currently difficult for me to make a flying lap in qualifying. I did try my best so I can’t say more now; it went as it went. In the end, I’m just one tenth off a much better position in the grid, and tomorrow we have to focus on starting well and getting a good first lap. It’s true that today we were able to keep a better pace generally speaking, which is positive, but we have to keep our feet on the ground and stay focused. We still have a lot of work to do on the bike. We’ll see what happens in the race. I think that the rear-tyre choice will be very important.”

MotoGP 2016
Qualifying Round 4   Spain

Results Session

Dry
Humidity
41%
Track Temp
25°C
Air Temp
23°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'38.736
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'38.858
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'38.891
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'39.580
5 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'39.581
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'39.588
7 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'39.678
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'39.720
9 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'39.742
10 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'39.881
11 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'40.054
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'40.184
13 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aspar Team Ducati 1'40.239
14 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'40.242
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Ducati 1'40.292
16 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 1'40.335
17 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'40.595
18 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'40.835
19 Miller Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'40.968
20 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'40.985
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'41.039
Location Information

Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently… read more.

Length 4.423 kilometres / 2.748 miles
Width 11 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles
Constructed 1986
Modified 2002

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Records

Pole Position 1m 37.910s (162.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 38.735s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 44m 57.246s (159.300km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
2017 Race Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)