Although Casey Stoner’s 2011 qualifying record may have been achieved during the 800cc era as opposed to the current 1000cc MotoGP™ configuration, Marquez’s pole time of 2’00.691 came in crushing fashion. He saw off a challenge from reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo, but was seven tenths of a second quicker than third place.
Then, with the second tyre, I thought I could maybe be one or two tenths faster, but it was immediately half a second faster on the first lap. On the second lap, I said, ‘I will not push more because I have already done a good lap time!’ For tomorrow, we will see.
It will be interesting to see the race because at this circuit both types of rear tyre are working quite well, so it will be interesting to see which is the best one.”
Repsol Honda Team partner Dani Pedrosa will line up fifth on the grid; heading into Sunday’s race, he is placed second in the standings and 26 points behind Marquez.
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