Marquez unstoppable at MotorLand

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez

The grey of Friday at MotorLand Aragon turned powder blue on Saturday, as qualifying day brought warmer temperatures and shining late September sun for the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon. Q2's pre-session favorite for pole was unquestionably Marc Marquez after the Repsol Honda rider was fastest by some margin in both FP3 and FP4 on ominous form, and the number 93 turned promise into pole position in spectacular style to head the timesheets by an incredible gap of six tenths. Maverick Vinales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) complete the front row as MotoGP gets back on their home turf.

FP4 saw PULL&BEAR Aspar rider Yonny Hernandez into the top ten, but the Colombian sadly wasn't able to replicate the performance in Q1 as Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich), Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini duo Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl joined the South American in the battle for graduation to Q2. Petrucci eventually topped the session and Bradl impressed to get an Aprilia through to Q2 for the second successive race – after Bautista managed the same at Misano World Circuit last time out. Alex Lowes (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), replacing injured Bradley Smith for the third time in a row, had a crash in FP3 and subsequently decided to stay off track on Saturday afternoon – with a decision on whether to race left for Sunday morning.

With Q2 underway Marquez hit first, with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) slotting into P2 early on and reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) suddenly pulling a laptime out the bag to take a provisional front row. Looking to improve in the second run, Repsol Honda rider Marquez' first flying lap proved to be his fastest – just shy of a 1:46 lap of the 5.1km venue.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]As the second run got underway, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) leapt up into P2 before former teammate Cal Crutchlow then lost his Honda into Turn 1. It was then Maverick Vinales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) who moved up into second, as Friday's fastest Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) suffered a crash and saw his session come to an early end.

The last minute drama wasn't over there, as Lorenzo again improved his laptime in the final minutes to knock Dovizioso back off the front row, completing the all-Spanish top three on home turf behind Marquez and Vinales.

'DesmoDovi' heads up row two ahead of late crasher Crutchlow, with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi further down the timesheets in P6 to complete the second row, despite proving fastest Yamaha on Friday.

Pedrosa starts from seventh after his crash – one place higher than his grid position ahead of victory at Misano World Circuit – with second Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro behind the 'Baby Samurai' in P8. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) just beat teammate Scott Redding to the third row, with the Pramac pair pushing Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) down to P11. Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) completed the Q2 graduates in P12.

Racing gets underway at 14:00 local time at MotorLand Aragon, as Marquez prepares to paint the town red – and increase that 43 point lead as the flyways beckon on the road to Valencia.

Marc Marquez

"I'm very happy with how the day went, especially with the pace we had in FP4, which was very good. Today we found a good setup for the bike and we were able to improve on yesterday, although it was a shame about the crash this morning. In qualifying I was very comfortable on my first lap, as it is when the tyre has its maximum potential, and I also pushed on my second lap but not as close to the limit. With today's temperatures we were able to work very well with the front end. Hopefully the good weather continues tomorrow. If it gets colder, we would have to reassess the front tyre choice. Regardless, I’m satisfied; like every year, I feel very good at this track and I hope we can finish well on Sunday."


Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'47.117
2 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'47.748
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'47.778
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'47.819
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'47.843
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'47.951
7 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'48.017
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'48.230
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1'48.236
10 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1'48.242
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'48.448
12 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'49.083
13 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'48.699 (Q1)
14 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'48.904 (Q1)
15 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati 1'48.954 (Q1)
16 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati 1'49.052 (Q1)
17 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'49.139 (Q1)
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'49.319 (Q1)
19 Hayden Nicky 69 USA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'49.490 (Q1)
20 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'49.841 (Q1)
21 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'50.988 (Q1)