Marc Marquez took the 64th pole of his Grand Prix career today at Motorland Aragón (his sixth this year and his 36th in MotoGP), setting an impressive pace that allowed him to lead the timesheets by an amazing 0.631 seconds at day’s end. The Repsol Honda rider has taken six poles here across all classes, four in MotoGP. Today he also equalled Jorge Lorenzo for most career poles in history.

Marc felt comfortable with his bike setup this morning and set the fastest lap times in both FP3 (despite a crash) and FP4, making the best of the sunny and warm conditions. In qualifying he recorded his quickest lap time during his first exit, and although he didn’t improve upon it later in the session, nobody was able to set a time that was close to it.

Dani Pedrosa, the fastest rider yesterday, continued the productive work on his RC213V setup and tyres in today’s free practice sessions but was unlucky in qualifying, crashing on his second flying lap when he was a mere 78 thousandths of a second off his teammate’s pole time into the track’s third sector. Nonetheless, he showed that he has both the pace and the speed to ride at the front, and tomorrow he will start from seventh on the grid, one place higher than his grid position prior to winning the last GP.

Marc Marquez

Pole Position 1'47.117

“I'm very happy with how the day went, especially with the pace we had in FP4, which was very good. Today we found a good setup for the bike and we were able to improve on yesterday, although it was a shame about the crash this morning. In qualifying I was very comfortable on my first lap, as it is when the tyre has its maximum potential, and I also pushed on my second lap but not as close to the limit. With today's temperatures we were able to work very well with the front end. Hopefully the good weather continues tomorrow. If it gets colder, we would have to reassess the front tyre choice. Regardless, I’m satisfied; like every year, I feel very good at this track and I hope we can finish well on Sunday.”

Dani Pedrosa

7th 1'48.017

“I had a very strong pace in the last free practice, and in the qualifying session I was going very well. It’s a shame that I crashed when I was riding at practically the pole position time on my best lap, as I think we could have taken a spot on the front row, something we have found hard lately. Now we must forget this and concentrate on the race, in which setting a good pace, the tyre choice and gaining as many places as possible on the first lap will be key.”

MotoGP 2016
Qualifying Round 14   Aragon

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
46%
Track Temp
39°C
Air Temp
25°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'47.117
2 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'47.748
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'47.778
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'47.819
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'47.843
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'47.951
7 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'48.017
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'48.230
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'48.236
10 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'48.242
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'48.448
12 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'49.083
13 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'48.699 (Q1)
14 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'48.904 (Q1)
15 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 1'48.954 (Q1)
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Ducati 1'49.052 (Q1)
17 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'49.139 (Q1)
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'49.319 (Q1)
20 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'49.841 (Q1)
21 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'50.988 (Q1)
Location Information

An ultra-modern facility, MotorLand Aragón had its roots firmly established thanks to a solid history of street racing in Alcañiz, which hosted events between 1963 and 2003. Safety advice warning against the continuation of this led to the proposal and construction of a sporting complex dedicated to motorsport. With support… read more.

Length 5.078 kilometres / 3.155 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 10
Right corners 7
Longest straight 0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles
Constructed 2009

Motorland Aragón, Teruel, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.motorlandaragon.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 46.635s (171.4Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 48.120s (169.0Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 41m 44.933s (167.8 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)