Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken his 6th consecutive pole of the 2014 season, in as many rounds, with teammate Dani Pedrosa in fourth.

After the strange weather yesterday, when light rain prevented many of the riders going out on track in the afternoon, the sun was shining today in Mugello. Dani, who struggled with the setup in yesterday’s FP1 improved significantly this morning, posting the fastest time on track in FP3 (1’47.754), with Marc just 0.261s behind him in second (1’48.015).

The Repsol Honda duo remained 1st and 2nd in FP4, but only Marc was able to continue this through to qualifying and snatched his sixth pole in six races with a time of 1’47.270 on lap three of eight. Dani improved on his time from this morning, but made a small mistake and touched the mapping button reducing his power slightly. His time of 1’47.584 – on his final lap of eight – placed him on the second row of the grid in fourth, missing the front row by just 0.063s.

Marc Marquez

“I'm very happy to have taken this pole position at a track that I found very difficult last year. I've felt good on the bike right from the opening practice session this time around, and this shows that we are working well this season - because in 2013 it was much harder to be up at the front. As for the race, it will be difficult to break away and do what I've been doing up to now, because at this track you tend to ride in a group and things are more tightly packed. However, I will try to give 100% in order to fight for the victory.”

Dani Pedrosa

"Today qualifying went better than in Le Mans, and we had good sessions - especially in FP4. I think that the bike was working fairly well, although when we put on the second tyre option in qualifying I made a small mistake - which I didn’t realise until afterwards - and I touched the engine mapping button which lowered my power and I wasn’t able to improve my time. Tomorrow we will try to start well and have a good race, it seems that the pace of the other riders is very evenly matched, but we will do all that we can."

MotoGP 2014
Qualifying Round 6   Italy

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'47.270
2 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'47.450
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'47.521
4 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'47.584
5 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'47.612
6 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Ducati Team Ducati 1'47.659
7 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'47.681
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'47.754
9 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'47.765
10 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'47.791
11 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'48.132
12 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'48.218
13 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'48.722
14 Redding Scott 45 GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'48.754
15 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Ducati 1'48.794
16 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'48.894
17 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN Aspar Team Honda 1'49.505
18 Edwards Colin 5 USA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'49.780
19 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'49.932
20 Laverty Michael 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'50.505
21 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 1'50.515
22 Parkes Broc 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'50.875
23 Fabrizio Michel 84 ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 1'53.116
24 Hayden Nicky 69 USA Aspar Team Honda 1'55.369
Location Information

Located 30km north-east of Florence in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, Mugello is a modern circuit with excellent facilities. Bought by Ferrari back in 1988, the 5.245km track has been renovated to a high standard and has a growing reputation as one of the world’s most up-to-date, scenic and safest… read more.

Length 5.245 kilometres / 3.259 miles
Width 14 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.141 kilometres / 0.709 miles
Constructed 1974

Mugello Circuit, Scarperia, Florence, Italy - View in Google Maps

www.mugellocircuit.it

Records

Pole Position 1m 46.489s (177.3 km/h) Andrea Iannone (Ducati, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 47.639s (175.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race Time 41m 37.477s (173.889km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
2015 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)