History making pole for Marquez in Thailand

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Saturday 6th October, 2018 - 7:50pm

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Marc Marquez pic: MotoGP.com

Marc Marquez has made a small piece of MotoGP history, becoming the first rider to take pole position having come through from Q1.

The Honda rider’s pole lap in Q2 at the inaugural Thailand MotoGP event, his 50th pole position in the premier class, was actually slower than his Q1 time, but enough to secure Saturday bragging rights ahead of his fierce Yamaha rival Valentino Rossi.

Marquez was forced into Q1 due to a crash in Saturday morning’s third practice session that left him down in 11th overall. However, the Spaniard came out on top in the Q2 shootout, defeating Rossi who held the top spot with two minutes to go until Marquez’s second last lap.

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso will line-up in third place having looked strong on his fast lap, only to lose time in the final two sectors.

Dovizioso will be the sole works Ducati after his injury-ridden team-mate Jorge Lorenzo withdrew from the event after a big crash on Friday.

Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales will start fourth ahead of LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone, retiring star Dani Pedrosa, Tech3’s Johann Zarco and Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.

Petrucci’s Australian team-mate Jack Miller will line-up in 10th place having set a time just over 0.5s slower than pole man Marquez.

The Thailand Grand Prix will start at 1800 AEDT tomorrow.

Q2 results:

Pos Num Rider Bike Time Gap
1 93  Marc Marquez Honda 1’30.088
2 46  Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1’30.099 0.011
3 04  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1’30.227 0.139
4 25  Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1’30.328 0.240
5 35  Cal Crutchlow Honda 1’30.356 0.268
6 29  Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1’30.419 0.331
7 26  Dani Pedrosa Honda 1’30.458 0.370
8 5  Johann Zarco Yamaha 1’30.471 0.383
9 9  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1’30.599 0.511
10 43  Jack Miller Ducati 1’30.660 0.572
11 42  Alex Rins Suzuki 1’30.738 0.650
12 19  Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1’30.976 0.888

Q1 results:

Pos Num Rider Bike Time Gap
Q2 93  Marc Marquez Honda 1’30.031
Q2 42  Alex Rins Suzuki 1’30.921 0.890
13 21  Franco Morbidelli Honda 1’30.923 0.892
14 30  Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1’30.995 0.964
15 38  Bradley Smith KTM 1’31.207 1.176
16 41  Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1’31.243 1.212
17 17  Karel Abraham Ducati 1’31.374 1.343
18 55  Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha 1’31.389 1.358
19 44  Pol Espargaro KTM 1’31.399 1.368
20 10  Xavier Simeon Ducati 1’31.686 1.655
21 81  Jordi Torres Ducati 1’31.819 1.788
22 12  Thomas Luthi Honda 1’31.830 1.799
23 45  Scott Redding Aprilia 1’31.835 1.804

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