Marquez grabs pole position at Misano

14 September 2013 - 14:32

Marquez grabs pole position at Misano

Marc Marquez was on pole at Silverstone. He'd knocked off the qualifying lap record on the way, and given Lorenzo a proper run for his money during the race, his fervent attempts to pass the world champion hampered only by a dislocated shoulder. The shoulder's alright now though, and he's repeated his Silverstone efforts with a second consecutive pole at Misano - taking pole position for the sixth time this season, and setting a new qualifying record to top it off nicely.

After falling off in the final practice session earlier in the day, Marquez picked up his spare bike for Q2. His first lap handed him provisional pole, and Jorge Lorenzo (running a seamless-shifting gearbox-equipped Yamaha) got within 24 thousandths of a second of Marquez's lap. Marquez however, returned to smash Casey Stoner's qualifying record at the circuit to bits, completing his penultimate lap in 1m 32.915s, distancing his time from Lorenzo's by over half a second.

Yamaha is running its seamless-shift gearboxes for the first time at a race weekend this season, and although Lorenzo hadn't quite gotten a hold of it on Friday, Rossi seems to have benefited greatly. The Doctor was the third quickest man on the track on Friday, and he snatched third place in qualifying today. It's only the second time this season that he will be starting a race from the front row.

Dani Pedrosa's been having set-up issues this weekend, and he wasn't very happy claiming fourth place at a venue where he took pole the previous season. Cal Crutchlow, whose largely-average practice laps meant he had to go through Q1, came back strongly to secure fifth, ahead of Aleix Espargaro on his CRT bike. Stefan Bradl will start in seventh, with Alvaro Bautista in eigth, and Dovizioso and Hayden completing the top ten.

Including tomorrow's race, we only have six rounds to go now. Marquez leads Pedrosa by 30, Lorenzo by 39. That SSG will have to work for the reigning world champion tomorrow if he is to stand a chance of catching up with #93. Can he stop Marquez's wonder run?

Qualifying:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Valentino Rossi
4. Dani Pedrosa
5. Cal Crutchlow
6. Aleix Espargaro
7. Stefan Bradl
8. Alvaro Bautista
9. Andrea Dovizioso
10. Nicky Hayden
11. Michele Pirro
12. Andrea Iannone
13. Bradley Smith
14. Colin Edwards   
15. Hiroshi Aoyama   
16. Randy De Puniet
17. Hector Barbera   
18. Claudio Corti
19. Danilo Petrucci
20. Michael Laverty
21. Yonny Hernandez   
22. Karel Abraham
23. Bryan Staring
24. Lukas Pesek

TAGS // misano, moto gp, motogp, yamaha, repsol honda, valentino rossi, marc marquez, dani pedrosa, jorge lorenzo



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