Marquez denies Lorenzo Jerez pole

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez

Honda’s Marc Marquez snatched his fourth pole position of the season from rival Jorge Lorenzo in a closely fought MotoGP qualifying session at Jerez.

The reigning world champion saved his best until the dying moments of the session as he denied the Yamaha of Lorenzo from securing pole with an impressive 1.38.120s last ditch effort.

Lorenzo trailed the championship leader by more than four tenths of a second, while Marquez’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa completed the front row in third.

The Yamaha rider had held provisional pole for the majority of qualifying before Marquez struck in the final minutes.

The home crowd were treated to a classic duel between the Spanish riders for pole with the 21-year-old Marquez producing the fastest ever lap from a MotoGP bike around the Jerez circuit to grab the all important pole position.

Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi was fourth fastest ahead of top Open class runner Aleix Espargaro, who suffered a crash during the session. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso confirmed his strong showing in practice by securing sixth spot.

Jack Miller

Jack Miller

Arguably the biggest shock of the session was Cal Crutchlow’s failure to progress to Q2.

The Ducati rider, who missed the previous round at Argentina with a broken finger, could only post a time good enough for 14th place on the grid.

Australia’s Broc Parkes will start Sunday’s race from 23rd on the grid.

Queenslander Jack Miller continued his impressive start to the Moto3 season as he secured his third consecutive pole position of the season.

The Townsville Red Bull KTM rider dominated the session setting a personal best time a full six tenths of a second quicker than his nearest rival Niccolo Antonelli.

MotoGP Grand Prix of Spain Qualifying Results 

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m38.120s
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m38.541s +0.421s
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m38.630s +0.510s
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m38.857s +0.737s
5 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 1m39.007s +0.887s
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m39.222s +1.102s
7 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m39.243s +1.123s
8 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m39.293s +1.173s
9 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m39.390s +1.270s
10 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m39.751s +1.631s
11 Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 1m39.814s +1.694s
12 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m39.826s +1.706s
13 Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 1m39.768s Q1
14 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1m39.849s Q1
15 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m40.118s Q1
16 Karel Abraham Cardion Honda 1m40.126s Q1
17 Michele Pirro Ducati 1m40.239s Q1
18 Scott Redding Gresini Honda 1m40.453s Q1
19 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati 1m40.566s Q1
20 Danilo Petrucci Ioda Aprilia 1m41.009s Q1
21 Michael Laverty PBM Aprilia 1m41.124s Q1
22 Mike di Meglio Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m41.517s Q1
23 Broc Parkes PBM Aprilia 1m41.702s Q1
24 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m42.052s Q1

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