Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez will start tomorrow’s Championship deciding race from pole position for the ninth time this season, his fifteenth (twelfth successive) front row start of 2013
It’s been another strong day for the Spanish ace, with Marc recording the fastest ever lap here on two wheels in this morning’s FP3 session with a 1’30.803 (beating Dani Pedrosa's pole lap from 2012 of 1’30.844). However, both riders bettered this time again in Q2 with Marc coming out on top with a blisteringly fast lap of 1'30.237 recorded on lap seven of nine. Dani, six time winner in Valencia, sealed his front row start on his final lap of nine with a time of 1’30.663.
Marc, who has a thirteen point lead, can win the Championship tomorrow by finishing in the top four (regardless of Lorenzo’s position).
Marc Marquez 1st 1'30.237 “We are happy, because we have achieved the goal that we had set for today: to be on the front row. In addition, taking pole position in the process, is something that will be very important for us. Tomorrow's race is the most important one of the year and we will be trying to approach it like any other Grand Prix, although it will be difficult because Jorge has a great pace. We will try to pick the best tires for the race, from two options which are both good, and give 100% tomorrow."
Lineup 1 Marc Marquez 1'30.237 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team 2 Jorge Lorenzo 1'30.577 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing 3 Dani Pedrosa 1'30.663 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team 4 Valentino Rossi 1'30.920 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing 5 Cal Crutchlow 1'31.113 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 6 Bradley Smith 1'31.201 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 7 Alvaro Bautista 1'31.594 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini 8 Stefan Bradl 1'31.638 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP 9 Andrea Dovizioso 1'31.718 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team 10 Nicky Hayden 1'31.870 USA DUCATI Ducati Team 11 Andrea Iannone 1'31.963 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team 12 Danilo Petrucci 1'33.116 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project 13 Hector Barbera 1'32.773 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens 14 Aleix Espargaro 1'32.807 SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar 15 Claudio Corti 1'32.961 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing 16 Yonny Hernandez 1'32.966 COL DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team 17 Michele Pirro 1'32.966 ITA DUCATI Ducati Test Team 18 Colin Edwards 1'33.203 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing 19 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'33.328 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens 20 Randy De Puniet 1'33.869 FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar 21 Michael Laverty 1'34.018 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport 22 Luca Scassa 1'34.113 ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing 23 Bryan Staring 1'34.805 AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini 24 Damian Cudlin 1'34.903 AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport 25 Lukas Pesek 1'34.993 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project 26 Martin Bauer 1'35.277 AUT S&B SUTER Remus Racing Team
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