MotoGP: Marc Marquez Takes Record Breaking Aragon Pole

Marc Marquez Race Action Shot

Honda Racing Corporation Press Release:

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken a magnificent pole position – his seventh of the season – for tomorrow’s Aragon GP breaking his 2014 pole record (1’47.187) by over half a second. Teammate Dani Pedrosa had a provisional front row for the majority of the session but was demoted in the final moments and will start from 5th place.

The Repsol Honda’s have had a strong second day in Aragon, with Marc leading this morning’s FP3 session and Dani topping FP4. On his first flying lap of qualifying, Marc obliterated his own pole record by 0.552 seconds with his time of 1’46.635 (lap 2/7), sending him straight to the top, with Dani also taking a provisional front row place on his first exit.

On their second exits, Marc was unable to improve but remained in the top spot, Dani improved with a time of 1’47.357 (lap 6/8) and remained in third place. Marc then came in for another new tire but on his flying lap he lost the front in turn two and the bike ended up in the gravel. His time remained unbeaten and Marc celebrated his fifth pole in six appearances at Aragon. Unfortunately Dani was not able to improve and was knocked off the front row in the final moments of the session. He will start from the second row of the grid in 5th.

Marc Marquez Shot

Marc Marquez #99:

1st 1'46.635

"I did not expect that time on my first lap, and it was a nice surprise! With the second tire I made a small mistake and could not improve it, and with the third I went too hard on the wrong corner and I had a small crash. This morning we made a big step forward with the setup and now we are more competitive. We will try to fight for victory from the first lap of the race tomorrow. I think we've done a great job and we are happy with this pole position."

Dani Pedrosa Race Action Shot

Dani Pedrosa #26:

5th 1'47.357

"Today we were able to improve the setup of the bike and our plan of which tires to use in tomorrow’s race has become a little clearer. However in the qualifying session we had some problems; the front was stepping out a bit and I was close to crashing several times, which in the end prevented us from going as fast as we wanted. We will try to have a good start tomorrow to be in the battle from the beginning."

Qualifying Round 14   Gran Premio de Aragon Results Session:

1     MARQUEZ Marc     93     SPA     Repsol Honda Team     Honda     1'46.635

2     LORENZO Jorge     99     SPA     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha     1'46.743

3     IANNONE Andrea     29     ITA     Ducati Team     Ducati     1'47.178

4     ESPARGARO Pol     44     SPA     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha     1'47.334

5     PEDROSA Dani     26     SPA     Repsol Honda Team     Honda     1'47.357

6     ROSSI Valentino 46     ITA     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha     1'47.492

7     ESPARGARO Aleix 41     SPA     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki     1'47.573

8     CRUTCHLOW Cal     35     GBR     LCR Honda     Honda     1'47.574

9     PETRUCCI Danilo 9     ITA     Pramac Racing     Ducati     1'47.775

10     SMITH Bradley     38     GBR     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha     1'47.830

11     HERNANDEZ Yonny 68     COL     Pramac Racing     Ducati     1'48.556

12     VINALES Maverick 25     SPA     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki     1'48.648

13     DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4     ITA     Ducati Team     Ducati     1'48.294

14     REDDING Scott     45     GBR     Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS     Honda     1'48.674

15     LAVERTY Eugene     50     IRE     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda     1'49.035

16     HAYDEN Nicky     69     USA     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda     1'49.102

17     BRADL Stefan     6     GER     Aprilia Racing Team Gresini     Aprilia     1'49.109

18     DI MEGLIO Mike     63     FRA     Avintia Racing     Ducati     1'49.253

19     BARBERA Hector     8     SPA     Avintia Racing     Ducati     1'49.426

20     MILLER Jack     43     AUS     LCR Honda     Honda     1'49.436

21     BAUTISTA Alvaro 19     SPA     Aprilia Racing Team Gresini     Aprilia     1'49.437

22     BAZ Loris     76     FRA     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha     1'49.496

23     ABRAHAM Karel     17     CZE     AB Motoracing     Honda     1'49.761

24     DE ANGELIS Alex 15     RSM     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha     1'50.134

25     ELIAS Toni     24     SPA     AB Motoracing     Honda     1'50.755

Tomorrow’s twenty three lap race will start at 14h00 local time.

For more information: www.hondaracingcorporation.com

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