Today, Marc Marquez provided his fans with great excitement (and possibly a few scares) during qualifying day for his home GP.

In the morning, the young Spaniard lost the front while on a flying lap in the FP3 session, finishing in 11th place and missing out on a direct passage to Q2. Later in FP4, he performed one of his incredible saves in turn 14 before ending the session in third place.

After easily sorting out the Q1 session by setting the fastest lap, he succumbed only to pole-setter Jorge Lorenzo in Q2 by a mere 0.066”, finishing in second place and earning an important front row start for tomorrow’s 2 p.m. Catalan Grand Prix.

Dani Pedrosa set the ninth fastest time in FP3, less than three tenths from the top, but was unable to be as quick as he was hoping in qualifying and had to settle for the 11th place.

Marc Marquez

2nd 1'38.746

“It was a great qualifying session. It’s important to be on the front row because both Jorge and Dovi are very fast here. Still, we were able to get quite close to them, and I’m very happy about that because our day had been a bit complicated before that: I crashed while I was pushing for a fast lap this morning and had to go through Q1. Anyway, I was still confident in myself as I knew we were capable of being very fast. Then, in FP4, I had that big save in the last downhill corner! I hit a bump and started to lose the front. I tried to save it with my knee, with my elbow—with my whole body!—while thinking of my mechanics, who had told me, ‘Please don’t crash, as we need two bikes for QP1 and QP2!’ I think it was one of the best of my career, definitely good for the fans. Still, I think I’ll try and not repeat it tomorrow!”

Dani Pedrosa

11th 1'39.695

“Lap times were very tight today, and unfortunately I couldn’t do a really fast one. I wasn’t totally confident, especially mid-corner, and I wasn’t able to push like I wanted. It’s really a shame to have to start so far back on the grid, as that clearly changes the strategy for the race. Anyway, we have to keep our concentration, make the right tyre choice, and try to get a good start.”

MotoGP 2018
Qualifying Round 7   Catalunya

Qualifying

Sunny
Humidity
46%
Track Temp
48°C
Air Temp
28°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'38.680
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.066
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.243
4 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.465
5 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.468
6 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.498
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.586
8 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.651
9 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.824
10 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.876
11 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.015
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.208
13 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'39.732 (Q1)
14 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.662
15 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.701
16 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.793
17 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.802
18 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.841
19 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.961
20 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.083
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.232
22 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.307
23 Kallio Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.355
24 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.373
25 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.617
26 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.152
Location Information

In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on giving one of Europe’s most beautiful cities a state of the art race track to match. The Circuit de Catalunya opened on the doorstep… read more.

Length 4.627 kilometres / 2.875 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles
Constructed 1991
Modified 2018

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitcat.com

Records

Pole Position 1m38.680s (168.8km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Lap 1m40.021s (165.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Time 40'13.566 (165.6km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
2018 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati)