Marc Marquez, marking his 100th GP start here in Jerez, now celebrates a 59% ratio of poles in all MotoGP starts (13 in 22 races) after clinching the top spot for the Spanish GP, breaking the lap record en route with teammate Dani Pedrosa in third under scorching weather conditions.

Before qualifying, Marc and his team calculated that a three-stop run would be possible during the 15 minute session, which was important as the life of the soft rear tyre is optimum for only one flying lap – especially with track temperatures in the fifties. Dani opted for the more normal two stop strategy, completing two flying laps with each tyre, and clocked a time of 1’38.630 placing him on the front row in third for tomorrow’s 27 lap race. Marc recorded just one flying lap on each exit but on his third and final run, he stole Lorenzo’s lap record from 2008 (1’38.189) – the last season in which there were still qualifying tyres in MotoGP – and recorded the fastest ever lap on two wheels at Jerez with a time of 1’38.120 on lap 8 of 8.

Marc Marquez

“I am very happy with this pole position, as it was hard fought and I wasn't expecting it. We are suffering a little more here than at other tracks, but despite this we are still at the same level as Lorenzo and Dani. We changed our strategy at the last minute; I asked Santi if it would be possible to use three soft tyres, and he said that it was. It was all last minute and I am satisfied with how it worked out, but we know that tomorrow is the important day. Jorge and, above all, Dani have a great pace”

Dani Pedrosa

"We took a step forward with the bike setup today and also went better with the race tyres. In the qualifying session we tried to do as well as possible, but it is always difficult to put in a really fast lap. Tomorrow we will try to get a good start, then have a good race"

MotoGP 2014
Qualifying Round 4   Spain

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'38.120
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'38.541
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'38.630
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'38.857
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'39.007
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'39.222
7 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'39.243
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'39.293
9 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'39.390
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'39.751
11 Edwards Colin 5 USA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'39.814
13 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'39.768
14 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'39.849
15 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'40.118
16 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'40.126
17 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1'40.239
18 Redding Scott 45 GBR Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'40.453
19 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'40.566
20 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'41.009
21 Laverty Michael T3 GBR Aprilia Test Team Aprilia 1'41.124
22 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'41.517
23 Parkes Broc 23 AUS E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1'41.702
24 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'42.052
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)