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Catalunya MotoGP: Marquez sets stunning pole in Barcelona

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Catalunya MotoGP: Marquez sets stunning pole in Barcelona
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Jun 4, 2016, 1:03 PM

Honda’s Marc Marquez will start the Catalunya MotoGP round from pole position after dominating qualifying in Barcelona.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

Using the shorter, F1-spec track following the death of Moto2 rider Luis Salom on Friday, Marquez lapped in 1m43.589s – almost half a second clear of reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo’s Yamaha, which clearly struggled through the slow final section of turns.

Dani Pedrosa completes the front row on the second works Honda, with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi fifth behind an impressive Hector Barbera.

Story of the session

Marquez showed his intent immediately with 1m43.905s, following a potentially quicker lap with 1m45.494s as he got badly baulked by Barbera at the new chicane.

Lorenzo’s first effort was 1m44.452s, which he then virtually matched with 1m44.457s.

Pedrosa was third on 1m44.495s at this point, ahead of Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales and Rossi.

On his second run, Marquez made a mistake on his first lap, while Lorenzo improved to 1m44.056s – the Yamaha really struggling in the slow-speed final sector in relation to the Honda.

But Marquez then put the issue beyond any doubt with a storming 1m43.589s, which was good for pole by 0.467s.

Pedrosa jumped to third on 1m44.307s ahead of the impressive Barbera – who will start from the inside of row two on his satellite Avintia Ducati.

Rossi will start fifth, lapping in 1m44.324s on his last lap, with Vinales demoted to sixth.

Cal Crutchlow leads row three on his LCR Honda, ahead of Andrea Iannone’s works Ducati and Danilo Petrucci’s Pramac Ducati.

The top 12 was completed by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Scott Redding (Pramac Ducati) and Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro.

Barbera and Dovizioso progressed from Q1, in which Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro and Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith were among those to fail to make it through.

Qualifying results

Pos.RiderBikeTime
1 SpainMarc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:43.589
2 SpainJorge Lorenzo Yamaha YZR-M1 1:44.056
3 SpainDani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:44.307
4 SpainHector Barbera Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:44.322
5 ItalyValentino Rossi Yamaha YZR-M1 1:44.324
6 SpainMaverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:44.329
7 United KingdomCal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:44.366
8 ItalyAndrea Iannone Ducati Desmosedici GP16 1:44.458
9 ItalyDanilo Petrucci Ducati Desmosedici GP15 1:44.911
10 ItalyAndrea Dovizioso Ducati Desmosedici GP16 1:45.029
11 United KingdomScott Redding Ducati Desmosedici GP15 1:45.030
12 SpainPol Espargaro Yamaha YZR-M1 1:45.218
13 SpainAleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:44.914
14 United KingdomBradley Smith Yamaha YZR-M1 1:45.197
15 ItalyMichele Pirro Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:45.538
16 ColombiaYonny Hernandez Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:45.690
17 IrelandEugene Laverty Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:45.885
18 GermanyStefan Bradl Aprilia RS-GP 1:45.892
19 AustraliaJack Miller Honda RC213V 1:45.942
20 SpainTito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:46.205
21 SpainAlvaro Bautista Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.463

 

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