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Marc Marquez on pole in Barcelona

Spaniards to start 1-2-3
Saturday, June 4, 2016

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Marc Marquez dominates
Marc Marquez dominates

The sun continued to beat down as MotoGP World Championship bikes roared out of pit lane for Q2. With an air temperature of 25.5°C and a ground temperature of 42.5°C, conditions were ideal for the forthcoming battle for pole position at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) quickly set the best time of the weekend, becoming the first rider to ever set a 1'43 lap around the new layout on a Grand Prix motorcycle.

His lap wouldn't be challenged until the final 30 seconds when the timing screens became a sea of red. Just as the flag came out Marquez recorded a 1'43.589, netting pole position as he ended 0.467s faster than his closest rival. The Repsol Honda man was the only rider under the 1'44 barrier to take his first pole position since Austin earlier in the year. Both of Marquez's previous 2016 poles have converted into victories. This is also Marquez's first MotoGP pole position at the Barcelona circuit, having never previously started higher than third in the premier class.

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) did well to produce a 1'44.056, unable to challenge Marquez's time but a quarter of a second faster than third placed Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). The Catalan GP sees Lorenzo out for his third straight victory of the 2016 season, arriving with a comfortable ten-point lead. Lorenzo has won the premier class edition of the Catalan GP on four previous occasions, most recently in 2015. Lorenzo did admit that he and Yamaha are struggling in the final sector, the heavy braking causing issues which need to be solved to stay with Marquez.

The Catalan GP is home to all three riders, making for a very special front row. Dani Pedrosa returns to the front row for the first time since the Valencia GP in 2015, having not started higher than fourth so far in 2016. This ends what had been Pedrosa's longest run without a front row start since his rookie season in 2006. A 1'44.307 saw Pedrosa just able to hold onto the front row 0.015s ahead of fourth place.

Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) was a surprise in fourth after advancing from the Q1 session. Not since the Italian GP in 2012 has Barbera started a MotoGP race inside the top six.

0.002s back on Barbera was Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who had been unable to crack the top three since the new layout was introduced. Like Lorenzo he is having some difficulties with the new layout, the Yamaha preferring longer, faster corners as opposed to the more stop-start nature of the new course. Even in fifth, Rossi was only 0.017s off a front row start.

Completing the second row will be Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), unable to deliver on the pole challenging speed he'd shown in Free Practice 3 and Free Practice 4.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) formed the remainder of the top ten.

Action commences on Sunday with Warm Up at 09:40 Local Time before the Catalan GP begins at 14:00 Local Time.

QUOTES

Marc Marquez
"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."

Results

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 Racing

Ducati

1'44.911

10

Dovizioso Andrea

4

ITA

Ducati Team

Ducati

1'45.029

11

Redding Scott

45

GBR

Octo Pramac Racing

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 Team

Ducati

1'45.538

16

Hernandez Yonny

68

COL

Aspar MotoGP Team

Ducati

1'45.690

17

Laverty Eugene

50

IRE

Aspar MotoGP Team

Ducati

1'45.885

18

Bradl Stefan

6

GER

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

1'45.892

19

Miller Jack

43

AUS

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

1'45.942

20

Rabat Tito

53

SPA

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

1'46.205

21

Bautista Alvaro

19

SPA

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

1'46.463

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