Marquez Takes Pole – MotoGP Qualifying Results From Catalan GP

Marc Marquez races to third pole position of 2016 with local heroes Lorenzo and Pedrosa on the front row.

Marc Marquez, MM93, CatalanGP
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda©Motorcyclist

CatalanGP Qualifying Results

  1. Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA
  2. Jorge LORENZO (99) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
  3. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA
  4. Hector BARBERA (8) Avintia Racing DUCATI
  5. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
  6. Maverick VIÑALES (25) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
  7. Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) LCR Honda HONDA
  8. Andrea IANNONE (29) Ducati Team DUCATI
  9. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
  10. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI
  11. Scott REDDING (45) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
  12. Pol ESPARGARO (44) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
  13. Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
  14. Bradley SMITH (38) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
  15. Michele PIRRO (51) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
  16. Yonny HERNANDEZ (68) Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI
  17. Eugene LAVERTY (50) Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI
  18. Stefan BRADL (6) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
  19. Jack MILLER (43) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
  20. Tito RABAT (53) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
  21. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA

The sun beat down as MotoGP World Championship bikes roared out of pit lane for Q2, perfect conditions for the battle for pole position at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) quickly set the best time of the weekend, becoming the first rider to ever record a 1'43 lap around the new layout (CLICK HERE to read about the tragic Moto2 crash of Luis Salom that resulted in a layout change) on a Grand Prix motorcycle.

His lap wouldn’t be challenged until the final 30 seconds when the timing screens became a sea of red. Just as the flag came out Marquez recorded a 1’43.589, netting pole position as he ended 0.467s faster than his closest rival. The Repsol Honda man was the only rider under the 1’44 barrier to take his first pole position since Austin earlier in the year. Both of Marquez’s previous 2016 poles have converted into victories. This is also Marquez’s first MotoGP pole position at the Barcelona circuit, having never previously started higher than third in the premier class.

Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha, JL99, CatalanGP
Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha©Motorcyclist

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) did well to produce a 1'44.056, unable to challenge Marquez's time but a quarter of a second faster than third placed Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). The Catalan GP sees Lorenzo out for his third straight victory of the 2016 season, arriving with a comfortable ten-point lead. Lorenzo has won the premier class edition of the Catalan GP on four previous occasions, most recently in 2015. Lorenzo did admit that he and Yamaha are struggling in the final sector, the heavy braking causing issues which need to be solved to stay with Marquez.

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda, DP26, CatalanGP
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda©Motorcyclist

The Catalan GP is home to all three riders, making for a very special front row. Dani Pedrosa returns to the front row for the first time since the Valencia GP in 2015, having not started higher than fourth so far in 2016. This ends what had been Pedrosa’s longest run without a front row start since his rookie season in 2006. A 1’44.307 saw Pedrosa just able to hold onto the front row 0.015s ahead of fourth place.

Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing Ducati, HB8, CatalanGP
Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing Ducati©Motorcyclist

Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) was a surprise in fourth after advancing from the Q1 session. Not since the Italian GP in 2012 has Barbera started a MotoGP race inside the top six.

0.002s back on Barbera was Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who had been unable to crack the top three since the new layout was introduced.

Action commences on Sunday with Warm Up at 09:40 Local Time before the Catalan GP begins at 14:00 Local Time.

Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha, VR46, CatalanGP
Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha©Motorcyclist