Dani Pedrosa put in an amazing performance today at the newly resurfaced Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto to take second behind fellow HRC rider Cal Crutchlow, who also set the track’s new pole record.

Marc Marquez will start from the fifth spot on the grid. The reigning World Champion missed a front-row spot by just 0.021”, but his race pace was quite good in every practice session over the two days.

With temperatures expected to rise further tomorrow, both riders placed emphasis on tyre choice as one of the key factors for tomorrow’s 25-lap race, which will begin at 2 p.m. local time.

Dani Pedrosa

2nd 1'37.912

“I’m surprised and happy to be on the front row, which is always important here. I wish to thank my team for all the hard work this weekend. When you’re not 100% physically fit, it’s not easy to find the best feeling on the bike, but the team is helping a lot and I appreciate it. Now we have to focus on choosing the right tyre for the race, as we haven’t decided that yet. It looks like several riders have a good pace, so tomorrow we’ll have to focus a lot on ourselves and try to get a good start. The race this year will be two laps shorter and that’s important, but we must see what conditions we’ll have and what we’re able to do.”

Marc Marquez

5th 1'37.977

“Honestly, I’m not satisfied with my qualifying. I’m actually referring to myself, as today I wasn’t able to find the ‘perfect lap.’ I set my fastest time in my first run, when I rode more smoothly and calmly; then I made many mistakes and couldn’t improve on it. On the other hand, the second row isn’t that bad, and we have a good pace. Of course the race won’t be easy as there are other riders—starting with my teammate—who are capable of keeping a good pace on a medium or hard rear tyre. It will be a long, tough race. Today was already quite hot, and it looks like the temperature will rise even more tomorrow. We saw many crashes in all the classes, as the track is becoming quite slippery, so we’ll have to adjust the setup to these conditions, choose the right rear tyre, and try to do our best."

MotoGP 2018
Qualifying   Spain

Qualifying Results

Sunny
Humidity
45%
Track Temp
34°C
Air Temp
25°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'37.653
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.259
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.303
4 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.316
5 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.324
6 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.331
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.334
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.376
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.433
10 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.614
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.628
12 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.869
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'38.389 Q1
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'38.481
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'38.544
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'38.598
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'38.610
18 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'38.752
19 Kallio Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'38.759
20 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'38.838
21 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'38.961
22 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'39.135
23 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'39.146
24 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'39.708
25 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'39.918
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
Resurfacing Complete resurfacing before 2018 round

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www.circuitodejerez.com

Records

Pole Position 1m37.653s (163.0km/h) Cal Crutchlow (Honda, 2018)
Race Lap 1m 38.735s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 41m39.678s (159.300km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)