Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has today achieved his twelfth pole position of 2014, equalling the pole record in a single season held by fellow Repsol Honda riders Mick Doohan (1997) and Casey Stoner (2011). Teammate Dani Pedrosa will start from the second row in 5th position, but just 0.033 seconds off second place.

With track temperatures 10ºC lower than yesterday it was another difficult day for the riders, looking to find the optimum setup for this tricky circuit. Dani’s best time over the first three sessions (1’29.976) was not fast enough to promote him to Q2, finishing 0.031 seconds off tenth place. However, his time in Q1 of 1’29.097 was the fastest time set so far this weekend and immediately promoted him into Q1. After setting his fast lap, a brief rain shower arrived to disrupt proceedings but fortunately dried up before Q2 began.

With eleven riders within 0.747 seconds of each other, Marc was able to snatch pole position with his time of 1’28.408. Dani improved again from Q1 and his time of 1’28.675 places him in fifth on the grid.

Tomorrow’s 27 lap race will begin at 16h00 local time.

Marc Marquez

"Today I felt pretty good and that's important, because we found it hard yesterday and I was a bit too far off the pace. We improved a lot today and were riding more comfortably. We expect a hard-fought race tomorrow, but I just have to enjoy it. Above all, it will be difficult to stop both Jorge and Valentino, who seem to have the fastest race pace. My focus on track and ambition are the same as ever and we will try to be at the front, but also over the weekend we have been trying different things out with next season in mind.”

Dani Pedrosa

"It was a difficult day because I did not qualify directly for Q2. I had many problems in the morning session, which also came up in the afternoon practice. However, in qualifying I took a big step forward. Unfortunately, as I had to go through Q1 I lost a tyre and in Q2 I could only use one. Nevertheless, my lap time was pretty good and, although I was bested by a few thousandths of a second, I could have placed very high up on the grid. Tomorrow we will try to fight our hardest in the race and get a good start, then concentrate on making each lap perfect.”

MotoGP 2014
Qualifying Round 16   Australia

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'28.408
2 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Ducati Team Ducati 1'28.642
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'28.650
4 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'28.656
5 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'28.675
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'28.866
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'28.887
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'28.956
9 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'28.968
10 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'29.088
11 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'29.155
12 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN Aspar Team Honda 1'29.955
13 Redding Scott 45 GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'30.280
14 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'30.348
16 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'30.569
17 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'30.635
18 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'30.729
19 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 1'30.812
20 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 1'31.431
21 Laverty Michael 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'31.492
22 Parkes Broc 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'31.730
23 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'32.595
Location Information

Phillip Island, the self-styled home of Australian motorsport, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956. The circuit fell into disrepair… read more.

Length 4.448 kilometres / 2.764 miles
Width 13 metres
Left corners 7
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.900 kilometres / 0.559 miles
Constructed 1956
Modified 1988

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Ventnor, Victoria, Australia - View in Google Maps

www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au

Records

Pole Position 1m 27.899s (182.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)
Race Lap 1m 28.108s (181.7 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race Time 40m 33.849s (177.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2016 Race Winner Cal Crutchlow (Honda)