Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Álex Márquez will target victory in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix from position two on the front of the grid.
In a superb comeback Marquez missed pole position by just 71 thousandths of a second and is primed to challenge for his first win of the season in his home race at Jerez.
Earlier in the FP3 session Marquez suffered loss of confidence after a front-end crash at turn six (Dry Sack).
But the spirited Spaniard bounced back with a fearless late charge in qualifying to grab a front row spot.
Moto2 rookie Joan Mir bravely climbed out of his sick bed to qualify sixth fastest despite suffering from a physically draining stomach illness.
Mir missed a front row start by just 0.3s.
Álex Márquez: 2nd – 1’41.996
“I am on the front row and happy enough as I was not at 100%, I lost a little bit of confidence after my crash in FP3 this morning. It was a mistake but I was not sure how it happened. We tried a few different things with the bike in qualifying but in the end I knew I just had to push and go for a lap time. If we can improve the bike in the warm-up I will go for the win in my home race.”
Joan Mir: 5th – 1’42.367
“Physically I am destroyed, I feel weak and it was difficult to do more than two laps because I have been sick all day. But the second row is a good position for the race and to get away with the front group. Now we just have settle on our final set-up in morning warm-up and hopefully my physical condition will improve overnight.”
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