In varying weather conditions, Marc Marquez displayed a great pace on the second day of the Australian Grand Prix, topping the wet FP3 and the dry FP4 before taking a superb pole position to extend his record of poles to 72 in career, 44 in MotoGP, with seven this season and four in a row at Phillip Island.

His amazing qualifying achievement also earned him the fifth BMW M Award in succession, as the best qualifier of 2017.

Dani Pedrosa was fast enough in the wet this morning, when he set the sixth quickest lap time, but he was unable to match that speed in the dry-but-cold afternoon sessions and had to settle for the 12th best qualifying lap time.

Weather forecasts indicate continuing changeable conditions for tomorrow’s MotoGP race, which will get underway at 4 p.m. local time.

Marc Marquez

Pole Position 1'28.386

“I’m happy because I felt good in every session and in every condition. We found good speed for the single lap, but we were also able to keep a good rhythm in the practices, which is what really counts for the race. I think that the work we did in the FP4 session was important. I was also very comfortable in qualifying, but I encountered some traffic at some points. I understand that the slipstream is important here, and it’s okay if some other guys follow during the practices, but in qualifying I obviously preferred to ride alone. I just waited a bit before exiting for my second flying lap and then I had the chance to do a really good lap. I’m happy with this pole but the race is tomorrow. It’s true that Dovi is a bit behind on the grid here, but also at Motegi he was only ninth! We just have to wait and see how the weather is tomorrow, as it seems it will be unstable like today. Then I’ll try and give my 100% and push from beginning to end.”

Dani Pedrosa

12th 1'29.546

“Today qualifying was quite difficult. FP3 in the wet wasn’t so bad, but I wasn’t as fast as I expected in dry FP4 and qualifying. I couldn’t ride as fast as I wanted on my first flying lap, and I didn’t improve on my second try either. I didn't have enough confidence in mid-corner to push hard. Obviously our grid position isn’t good but we now have to focus on tomorrow’s race. We must try to get away well and see if we can keep the pace of the group. We’ll see how the weather is and we’ll do our best.”

MotoGP 2017
Qualifying Round 16   Australia

Qualifying Results

Dry
Humidity
69%
Track Temp
27°C
Air Temp
13°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'28.386
2 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.333
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.358
4 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.551
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.578
6 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.644
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.817
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.885
9 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.935
10 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.043
11 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.110
12 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.160
13 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'29.824 Q1
14 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.501
15 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.615
16 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.739
17 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.878
18 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.125
19 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.197
20 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.460
21 Parkes Broc 23 AUS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.543
22 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.554
23 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.812
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)
2017 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)