Double Repsol Honda front row as Marquez snatches 7th pole position of season
Marc Marquez has taken his seventh pole position of the season for tomorrow’s Aragón GP, recording a time of 1’47.804, and comfortably broken Casey Stoner’s record from 2011 (1’48.451).
Marc waited until the last minute to set his fastest lap, recording the time on lap seven of eight, and beating Lorenzo to the front spot on the grid by just 0.010s.
Teammate, Dani Pedrosa, will start on the front row from 3rd position after also recording provisional pole and breaking Casey’s record himself with a time of 1’47.957, taken on lap three of seven. Tyre degradation will be a key factor for tomorrow’s 23 lap race that will start at 14h00 local time.
Marc Marquez – 1st – 1’47.804
“It was a very closely fought qualifying session. We were able to get maximum performance from the tyres, which was the key to this pole position. Small details decided things this afternoon. I am happy, because we were able to achieve our aim of a front row start and to have the pole is a bonus. Tomorrow it will be important to get a good start and keep calm in the early laps, with the intention of taking the race to Jorge and Dani”
Dani Pedrosa – 3rd – 1’47.957
“Even though the position on the grid maybe doesn’t reflect it, today we had a good qualifying session. We did a good job today and a lap time that I’m pleased with, for tomorrow the key will be to have a good start as the first corner is very close to the start, so I want to have a strong first few laps and maintain a good pace for the whole race. The tyre wear will be crucial so it’s also important to manage them for the race distance”
Source: Repsol Honda Team