Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has scored the 61st pole of his career for tomorrow’s Catalan GP, with teammate Dani Pedrosa on the front row for the first time of the season.

Marc and Dani started the day well – despite a small crash for the former at turn 2 on his favourite bike – posting the second and third fastest times in an FP3 session that was extended to 60 minutes to allow the riders to learn the revised circuit layout, introduced after Luis Salom’s tragic incident yesterday.

After working hard on the setup in yesterday’s free practices Marc and his crew decided to introduce some important modifications to the bike settings for today, which allowed him to improve significantly his feeling on the bike. Marc continued his progress into FP4 and qualifying, recording the fastest time in both sessions.

Dani, who has worked with one of his bike on a new chassis over the last two days and decided to use it on tomorrow’s race, snatched the third spot on the front row after devoting FP4 to finalizing the setup of his RC213V.

Marc Marquez

Pole Position 1'43.589

“We've worked well, and this morning we had a good feeling, but that fact was covered up because my crash was on the bike that I liked more. I felt very comfortable in FP4, with a good pace when using race tyres. We did a very good job and everything together meant that things worked out well. I’m very happy with the pole position, but we’re already thinking about the race. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I want to dedicate this pole to my grandmother who passed away two weeks ago and to Luis Salom.”

Dani Pedrosa

3rd 1'44.307

“I’m very happy with a place on the front row; it’s important for me because I had been trying for it all season. Tomorrow we’ll use the new chassis that we’ve been trying here over these two days, and we’ll have to figure out which are the best tyres to have a good race. Today I tried to do my best on the bike to improve in all aspects and in every section, but obviously the last sector is new and it tests the ability of each rider to learn a track quickly. In any case, it certainly is a difficult part. In qualifying I made a few mistakes here and there, although fortunately I was able to get a spot on the front row. Anyway I don’t want to forget what happened yesterday, I knew Luis and his family well, as I started racing with him long time ago with the minibikes at Mallorca. He was a strong and positive guy I will never forget him”.

MotoGP 2016
Qualifying Round 7   Catalunya

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
47%
Track Temp
36°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'43.589
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'44.056
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'44.307
4 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'44.322
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'44.324
6 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'44.329
7 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'44.366
8 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'44.458
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'44.911
10 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'45.029
11 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'45.030
12 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.218
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'44.914
14 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.197
15 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1'45.538
16 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 1'45.690
17 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Ducati 1'45.885
18 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'45.892
19 Miller Jack 43 AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'45.942
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'46.205
21 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aspar Team Ducati 1'46.463
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 4.655 kilometres / 2.890 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles
Constructed 1991
Modified 1995

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

www.circuitcat.com

Records

Pole Position 1m43.589s (Marc Marquez - Honda 2016)
Race Lap 1m45.969s (Jonas Folger - Yamaha 2017)
Race Time 44m37.589s (Valentino Rossi - Yamaha 2016)
2017 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)