Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has secured the first pole of the season at the Losail circuit in Qatar with a time of 1’54.507, marking his 10th MotoGP career pole, from 19 starts in the class. Teammate Dani Pedrosa, despite being just 0.196s from Marc with 1’54.703, will start from the second row in 6th position.

It was an exciting session with fastest times being traded between several riders. Marc, who is still suffering from the injury that sidelined him from the last two Winter tests, took provisional pole on his first exit in Q2 before securing it with a faster time on his final lap of his second exit. He’s now found a setup he is happy with and will work on fine tuning it in tomorrow’s warmup session.

Dani was also happy with his pace after making positive setup changes in FP4 and will be looking for one of his trademark starts in tomorrow’s 22 lap race, that will begin at 22h00 local time.

Marc Marquez

“I’m really happy and this pole position is a special one for me, because after coming back from injury it gives me a boost in confidence. In any case, we know that tomorrow is the day that counts and it’s in the race that points are decided, so we have to be very focused. It is going to be a very tough for me physically, because I don't have much strength in my leg and I have to compensate with my right arm. We are happy with how today went and seem to have found a good setup, with just a few details still to refine in tomorrow's warmup. It will be difficult, because many riders have pace within a tenth of each other, but we shall try to have a good race”

Dani Pedrosa

"The qualifying session was really closely contested today - especially in the final laps. Looking at things objectively, we have a good pace and were able to set a fast lap in the session, even though in the end we qualified sixth by a really narrow margin. We're going to continue to be positive about things, believe in the work that we have been doing here so far this weekend, and tomorrow we'll give everything that we have to do well at the first race of the season"

MotoGP 2014
Qualifying Round 1   Qatar

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'54.507
2 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'54.564
3 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'54.601
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'54.644
5 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'54.661
6 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'54.703
7 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'54.871
8 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Ducati Team Ducati 1'54.888
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'54.986
10 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'55.096
11 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'55.127
12 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'55.152
14 Edwards Colin 5 USA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'56.042
15 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN Aspar Team Honda 1'56.479
16 Redding Scott 45 GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'56.555
17 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'56.648
18 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'56.715
19 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'57.006
20 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 1'57.513
21 Parkes Broc 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'57.574
22 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 1'57.667
23 Laverty Michael 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'58.254
Location Information

The fabulous Losail International Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Built in little over a year, the track cost $58 million USD and required round-the-clock dedication from almost 1,000 workers in order to get it ready for the inaugural event – the Marlboro Grand… read more.

Length 5.380 kilometres / 3.343 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles
Constructed 2004

Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps

www.circuitlosail.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 53.927s (170.003km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)
Race Lap 1m 54.927s (168.5 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Time 42m28.452 42s (167.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2016 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)