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Marquez snatches 7th pole position of season
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez has taken his seventh pole position of the season for tomorrow's Aragon GP, recording a time of 1'47.804, and comfortably broken Casey Stoner's record from 2011 (1'48.451). Marc waited until the last minute to set his fastest lap, recording the time on lap seven of eight, and beating Lorenzo to the front spot on the grid by just 0.010s.

Teammate, Dani Pedrosa, will  start on the front row from 3rd position after also recording provisional pole and breaking Casey's record himself with a time of 1'47.957, taken on lap three of seven. Tire degradation will be a key factor for tomorrow's 23 lap race that will start at 14h00 local time.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo has taken second on the grid for tomorrow’s Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon after an intense 15 minute battle at the Motorland circuit this afternoon. The defending world champion was the first rider to set a time this afternoon, putting down a 1’48.241 to set the early pace at the front. He went on to improve with a 1’48.201 before relinquishing the top spot to Stefan Bradl with nine minutes remaining and returning to the pits for a fresh rear qualifying tire. He was back out on track with just over five minutes remaining and became one of the key protagonists in an incredible fight for pole that saw multiple riders firing into the red as the lap times dropped into the 1’47s. Provisional pole was taken again then lost in the last seconds by just 0.010 seconds to rival Marc Marquez.

Teammate Valentino Rossi enjoyed his best qualifying experience of the year this afternoon, taking fourth on the grid for tomorrow’s race, just 0.158 seconds from pole position. The nine-time world champion waited in the pits for a minute at the start of the session, allowing the traffic of riders to leave before entering a relatively empty track space to focus on a lap time. He immediately fired off a 1’48.415 before improving again with a 1’48.366. Rossi then returned to the pits for fresh rubber and was back out again with five minutes remaining. The improvements continued as he began to threaten for provisional pole with red splits, dropping to a final time of 1’47.962 to take fourth on the grid, just 0.005 seconds behind Dani Pedrosa in third.

Marc Marquez 1st 1'47.804
“It was a very closely fought qualifying session. We were able to get maximum performance from the tires, which was the key to this pole position. Small details decided things this afternoon. I am happy, because we were able to achieve our aim of a front row start and to have the pole is a bonus. Tomorrow it will be important to get a good start and keep calm in the early laps, with the intention of taking the race to Jorge and Dani"

Jorge Lorenzo 2nd 1'47.814  8 Laps
“I knew I made a really good lap and I hoped to be in first position but I knew the other riders would be very close or in front of me. Finally for ten tenths of a second I lost it. I tried my best but I made a mistake in the first corner and lost one or two tenths so lost pole position. One thing is to make one fast lap, another is to make fast laps for the whole race. In the last practice before qualifying we found something extra for pace so we are stronger in one lap and also for the pace for the race. If the race remains in dry conditions it will be a good race.”

Dani Pedrosa 3rd 1'47.957
"Even though the position on the grid maybe doesn't reflect it, today we had a good qualifying session. We did a good job today and a lap time that I'm pleased with, for tomorrow the key will be to have a good start as the first corner is very close to the start, so I want to have a strong first few laps and maintain a good pace for the whole race. The tire wear will be crucial so it's also important to manage them for the race distance"

Valentino Rossi 4th 1'47.962  8 Laps
“I have a good feeling and I’ve improved my pace a lot and braking ability also. We have also improved the rear grip over long distance. I’m so happy because it was a great qualifying for me and I enjoyed it a lot. The level was very high and we were just one tenth from pole position, so we are all together. We have to see what the conditions are tomorrow; for sure today they helped us. With a few less degrees we are more competitive with the Yamaha. My pace is very similar to Jorge and Marquez and Pedrosa but we know that they are very fast so to try and stay with them I have to improve again tomorrow.”

Qualifying Results

Pos Rider Time Nat Bike Team
  1   Marc Marquez 1'47.804 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
  2   Jorge Lorenzo 1'47.814 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
  3   Dani Pedrosa 1'47.957 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
  4   Valentino Rossi 1'47.962 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
  5   Stefan Bradl 1'48.128 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
  6   Alvaro Bautista 1'48.302 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
  7   Cal Crutchlow 1'48.653 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
  8   Bradley Smith 1'48.854 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
  9   Andrea Dovizioso 1'49.219 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
  10   Aleix Espargaro 1'49.348 SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
  11   Nicky Hayden 1'49.428 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
  12   Andrea Iannone 1'50.094 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
  13   Yonny Hernandez 1'50.685 COL DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
  14   Hiroshi Aoyama 1'50.995 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
  15   Danilo Petrucci 1'51.030 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
  16   Randy De Puniet 1'51.297 FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Test Team
  17   Colin Edwards 1'51.327 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
  18   Claudio Corti 1'51.519 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
  19   Hector Barbera 1'51.552 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
  20   Michael Laverty 1'51.639 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
  21   Bryan Staring 1'52.102 AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
  22   Luca Scassa 1'52.305 ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing
  23   Lukas Pesek 1'52.989 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
  24   Damian Cudlin 1'53.521 AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport

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