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Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Alex Márquez will launch his quest for home glory at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto from second... Alex Márquez ready to fight for home race victory from front row, Xavi Vierge lines up 12th

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Alex Márquez will launch his quest for home glory at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto from second position on the grid, with Xavi Vierge confident of mounting a strong challenge from row four.

Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix took place in cooler and cloudier conditions in Andalusia after the scorching weather experienced in FP1 and FP2 yesterday.

Márquez was one of the top performers this morning to advance into Q2 after setting the second fastest time in a close FP3 that saw the top 23 riders split by less than one second.

Vierge came through from Q1 in fourth place and then posted his best lap of the weekend in Q2 to finish just over 0.3s away from the front row.

Alex Marquez
“I am really happy to be on the front row for the second race in a row. Being strong in every qualifying was one of our main targets before the start of the season because that is where I struggled a little before. I am happy with the improvement and we did a different strategy this afternoon by using two soft rear tyres and the team did a great job to put the plan into action. I had strong race pace in FP3 and a great feeling on the bike and I think we have a good opportunity to fight at the front tomorrow. The lap times are close but in every session I have always been in the top five and that is very positive. I need to keep my head and be smart. There is a good chance to take the victory, but the key target is to finish and gain some important points for the Championship.”

Xavi Vierge
“After yesterday’s tough start I am really happy now because the team did an amazing job to improve my situation. We never gave up and worked hard and we made a big step forward today. I’m 12th but the lap times are very tight and my rhythm is close to the fastest riders and that will be important for tomorrow. With so little race time in Argentina and Austin after the bad luck it has been good here in Jerez to do many laps to get my pace back up to its normal level. Here in Jerez anybody can make one fast lap but the rhythm for the race is the most important thing and I’m confident in that area that we are competitive. It will be a long race with many riders fast but I feel well prepared and ready to fight until the last lap.”