MotoGP: Repsol Honda Catalunya Qualifying Report - Round 7

Marquez takes pole position, Pedrosa 3rd at their home GP

Marc Marquez practice qualifying action
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez Scores 61st Pole of his Career for Tomorrow’s Catalan GP.Courtesy of HRC

Honda Racing Corporation Press Release:

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez has scored the 61st pole of his career for tomorrow's Catalan GP, with teammate Dani Pedrosa on the front row for the first time of the season.

Marc and Dani started the day well – despite a small crash for the former at turn 2 on his favorite bike – posting the second and third fastest times in an FP3 session that was extended to 60 minutes to allow the riders to learn the revised circuit layout, introduced after Luis Salom’s tragic incident yesterday.

After working hard on the setup in yesterday’s free practices Marc and his crew decided to introduce some important modifications to the bike settings for today, which allowed him to improve significantly his feeling on the bike. Marc continued his progress into FP4 and qualifying, recording the fastest time in both sessions.

Dani, who has worked with one of his bike on a new chassis over the last two days and decided to use it on tomorrow’s race, snatched the third spot on the front row after devoting FP4 to finalizing the setup of his RC213V.

Repsol Honda MotoGP Team Rider Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez #93

Marc Marquez.Courtesy of HRC

Marc Marquez #93
Pole Position 1'43.589

“We've worked well, and this morning we had a good feeling, but that fact was covered up because my crash was on the bike that I liked more. I felt very comfortable in FP4, with a good pace when using race tires. We did a very good job and everything together meant that things worked out well. I’m very happy with the pole position, but we’re already thinking about the race. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I want to dedicate this pole to my grandmother who passed away two weeks ago and to Luis Salom.”

Dani Pedrosa practice qualifying action

Dani Pedrosa #26

Dani Pedrosa.Courtesy of HRC

Dani Pedrosa #26
3rd 1'44.307

“I’m very happy with a place on the front row; it’s important for me because I had been trying for it all season. Tomorrow we’ll use the new chassis that we’ve been trying here over these two days, and we’ll have to figure out which are the best tires to have a good race. Today I tried to do my best on the bike to improve in all aspects and in every section, but obviously the last sector is new and it tests the ability of each rider to learn a track quickly. In any case, it certainly is a difficult part. In qualifying I made a few mistakes here and there, although fortunately I was able to get a spot on the front row. Anyway I don’t want to forget what happened yesterday, I knew Luis and his family well, as I started racing with him long time ago with the minibikes at Mallorca. He was a strong and positive guy I will never forget him”.

MotoGP 2016 Saturday, June 4th 2016 Qualifying Round 7 - Results Session

1. Marquez Marc - 93 - SPA - Repsol Honda Team - Honda - 1'43.589
2. Lorenzo Jorge - 99 - SPA - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Yamaha - 1'44.056
3. Pedrosa Dani - 26 - SPA - Repsol Honda Team - Honda - 1'44.307
4. Barbera Hector - 8 - SPA - Avintia Racing - Ducati - 1'44.322
5. Rossi Valentino - 46 - ITA - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Yamaha - 1'44.324
6. Vinales Maverick - 25 - SPA - Team Suzuki Ecstar - Suzuki - 1'44.329
7. Crutchlow Cal - 35 - GBR - LCR Honda - Honda - 1'44.366
8. Iannone Andrea - 29 - ITA - Ducati Team - Ducati - 1'44.458
9. Petrucci Danilo - 9 - ITA - Octo Pramac Racing - Ducati - 1'44.911
10. Dovizioso Andrea - 4 - ITA - Ducati Team - Ducati - 1'45.029
11. Redding Scott - 45 - GBR - Octo Pramac Racing - Ducati - 1'45.030
12. Espargaro Pol - 44 - SPA - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - Yamaha - 1'45.218
13. Espargaro Aleix - 41 - SPA - Team Suzuki Ecstar - Suzuki - 1'44.914
14. Smith Bradley - 38 - GBR - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - Yamaha - 1'45.197
15. Pirro Michele - 51 - ITA - Ducati Team - Ducati - 1'45.538
16. Hernandez Yonny - 68 - COL - Aspar MotoGP Team - Ducati - 1'45.690
17. Laverty Eugene - 50 - IRE - Aspar MotoGP Team - Ducati - 1'45.885
18. Bradl Stefan - 6 - GER - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - Aprilia - 1'45.892
19. Miller Jack - 43 - AUS - Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS - Honda - 1'45.942
20. Rabat Tito - 53 - SPA - Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS - Honda - 1'46.205
21. Bautista Alvaro - 19 - SPA - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - Aprilia - 1'46.463

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