ALCANIZ, Spain – official release — MotoGP photo — MotoGP qualifying on Saturday in Spain saw Marc Marquez take the pole for Sunday’s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon, with Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Iannone also achieving front-row positions.
A new pole position record of 1:47.187 gave Marquez his 11th pole position of 2014 – and his 20th MotoGP pole in total – ahead of Sunday’s 800th premier class grand prix.
Marquez led the way by 0.362 seconds, having broken the pole record earlier in the session only for Pedrosa to move into provisional pole position with a 1’47.549s, with Marquez responding on his final lap. He was 0.617 seconds quicker than his own pole record from 2013.
The front row was completed by the consistently impressive Iannone (Pramac Racing) who has a new GP14.2 bike this weekend and qualified just under half a second behind Marquez.
Row two will be rookie Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).
Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) qualified at the head of the third row in seventh place, 1.059 seconds behind Marquez. Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and crasher Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) complete the third row.
Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) qualified 10th.
Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) crashed with just three minutes to go, leaving him 11th on the grid and Dovizioso (Ducati Team) also fell minutes later. Despite advancing through Q1 on his new Ducati, Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) was unable to set a lap time due to front-end chatter problems – thus being classified 12th.
Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) qualified in 18th place in Q1 as he returns to Grand Prix action this weekend, while Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) had big crash at the end of Q1 and ended up 17th.