Pedrosa dominates qualifying in Barcelona

Dani Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) took a stunning pole position in the heat haze of the Catalan GP, storming clear of the field by three tenths to return to the top for the second time this year. Compatriot Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) shot into second for his first front row start in red – after also proving second fastest on Friday – as two of the home heroes led the charge. Third was an incredible front row for Mugello podium finisher Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), as the Italian kept his momentum from a stunning home race last time out.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was one of the key headline makers, as the reigning Champion will head the second row but suffered a spate of crashes on Saturday. His final fall in Q2 took him out of contention for pole, with Marquez looking to wipe the slate clean overnight before trying to hunt down the win.

The sun shone more on Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) in fifth as his impressive pace from the morning continued into Q2, with another home hero just behind him in seventh – Reale Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera.

Mugello winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) heads up row three, ahead of Q1 graduates Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in a tough day for the Yamaha machines.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) completed the top ten and was another multiple crasher on Saturday, with Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing) and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in P11 and P12 respectively.

The headlines were also thick and fast in Q1, as nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) missed the cut only marginally to start P13, ahead of rookie sensation Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3). Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) lines up P17 and was another crasher.

The Catalan GP has already shown a fair share of drama, and the lights haven’t even gone out for the race yet. See how the story concludes on Sunday at 14:00 (GMT +2).

QUOTES

Dani Pedrosa 26 POLE POSITION 1'43.870
“I’m very happy because taking pole is always very difficult, and doing it in front of your home fans is just amazing. Last year we struggled a lot in qualifying, while this season we’ve already earned two poles, so I wish to thank my team for the good work. We’ve worked really hard on this aspect, and we’re getting better and better. The conditions were quite difficult today, especially for the tyres as it was very hot and the grip wasn’t the best. We tried to manage the situation as well as possible, working a lot on the setup to improve tyre life. The tyres will be the key to the race tomorrow; it’d be great to have the same feeling from today, but we’ll wait and see. We’ll just remain focused and be prepared to do our best."

Marc Marquez 93 4TH 1'44.320
“Fourth on the grid, four crashes–today was a bit challenging for us, but in reality we’re not so bad. We started the day very well; I felt very comfortable in FP3, but then I crashed in FP4 and everything followed from that. We were able to prepare the bike for the qualifying session, but the feeling wasn’t exactly the same; when the temperature gets so high, the front tyre moves a lot. But I was at my home GP, so I just gave it my all and tried 100%. I crashed, but in the end we’ll start from fourth, which isn’t that bad. I think if I’m able to keep calm and ride more smoothly, we’ll be okay. I look forward to having a great race tomorrow, and to fighting for the podium."

Lineup

Pos No. Rider Nat Team Bike Rnd Time Behind Gap
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA Q2 1'43.870 0.000s
0.000s
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team DUCATI Q2 1'44.201 0.331 0.331
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing DUCATI Q2 1'44.220 0.350 0.019
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA Q2 1'44.320 0.450 0.100
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA Q2 1'44.348 0.478 0.028
6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI Q2 1'44.381 0.511 0.033
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team DUCATI Q2 1'44.451 0.581 0.070
8 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA Q2 1'44.600 0.730 0.149
9 25 Maverick VIÃ'ALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA Q2 1'44.620 0.750 0.020
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI Q2 1'44.740 0.870 0.120
11 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing DUCATI Q2 1'44.852 0.982 0.112
12 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR SUZUKI Q2 1'44.928 1.058 0.076
13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA Q1 1'44.661 (*) 0.422 Q1
14 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA Q1 1'44.681 (*) 0.442 0.020
15 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA Q1 1'44.829 (*) 0.590 0.148
16 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI Q1 1'44.919 (*) 0.680 0.090
17 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda HONDA Q1 1'45.162 (*) 0.923 0.243
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI Q1 1'45.641 (*) 1.402 0.479
19 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA Q1 1'45.741 (*) 1.502 0.100
20 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM Q1 1'45.887 (*) 1.648 0.146
21 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA Q1 1'48.803 (*) 4.564 2.916
22 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR SUZUKI FP3 1'45.912 1.734
23 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM FP3 1'46.853 2.675 0.586

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