Marquez digs deep to snatch Aragon pole

Marc Marquez on song in qualifying at Aragon

Marc Marquez on song in qualifying at Aragon

MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez will start from pole position for the Grand Prix of Aragon after coming through one of the closest qualifying sessions of the season.

On home soil, the Honda rider was forced to dig deep late but he came up with the goods to take pole by a hundredth of a second from arch rival Jorge Lorenzo.

Marquez’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa completed the front row with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi fourth, just 0.158s adrift of pole.

Lorenzo set the tone for the session with his first flying lap dipping into the 1:47s bracket, setting a new lap record at the Spanish circuit. However, his name in the record books was short-lived as Stefan Bradl and then Pedrosa enjoyed spells at the top of the timesheets.

Marquez made a slow start to the session and it took him until the halfway point to make his mark slotting into provisional second behind Pedrosa.

With five minutes remaining, the riders returned to the track for a second assault.

Rossi was the first to make a move as he leapt into second replacing Marquez in the process.

Lorenzo was the next rider to strike and he snatched provisional pole away from Pedrosa with just 60s left on the clock.

But celebrations were muted as Marquez produced a blistering 1:47.804s to grab pole from his fellow countryman.

LCR Honda’s Bradl was fifth with Alvaro Bautista filling the final position on row two.

Monster Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow was seventh ahead Bradley Smith, Andrea Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro.

Australia’s Bryan Staring will start from 21st position with fellow Aussie Damian Cudlin starting from the back of the grid on his return to the championship with Paul Bird Motorsport.

See below for full qualifying result

 1 Marc Marquez  Honda 1:47.804s
 2 Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha 1:47.814
 3 Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1:47.957s
 4 Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1:47.962s
 5 Stefan Bradl  LCR Honda 1:48.128s
 6 Alvaro Bautista  Gresini Honda 1:48.302s
 7 Cal Crutchlow  Tech 3 Yamaha 1:48.653s
 8 Bradley Smith  Tech 3 Yamaha 1:48.854s
 9 Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1:49.219s
10 Aleix Espargaro  Aspar Aprilia 1:49.348s
11 Nicky Hayden  Ducati 1:49.428s
12 Andrea Iannone  Pramac Ducati 1:50.094s
13 Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Ducati 1:50.685s
14 Hiroshi Aoyama  Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1:50.995s
15 Danilo Petrucci  Ioda-Suter-BMW 1:51.030s
16 Randy de Puniet  Aspar Aprilia 1:51.297s
17 Colin Edwards  Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1:51.327s
18 Claudio Corti  Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1:51.519s
19 Hector Barbera  Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1:51.552s
20 Michael Laverty  PBM-Aprilia 1:51.639s
21 Bryan Staring  Gresini FTR-Honda 1:52.102s
22 Luca Scassa  Cardion Aprilia 1:52.305s
23 Lukas Pesek  Ioda-Suter-BMW 1:52.989s
24 Damien Cudlin  PBM-Aprilia 1:53.521s


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