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Marquez draws first blood at Valencia

Title on the line Sunday
Saturday, November 11, 2017

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Marquez pushed to the limit and over
Marquez pushed to the limit and over

Marc Marquez today extended his career pole count to 73 (45 in MotoGP), with his eighth pole of the season in Valencia. Together, with the three claimed by teammate Dani Pedrosa, this brings the Repsol Honda Team’s tally to 11 pole positions in 2017.

After showing quick race pace and taking P1 in both FP3 and FP4 sessions, Marquez was the only rider able to dip under the 1’30 barrier in qualifying, setting a 1’29.897 that proved unbeatable by his opponents, even if the Spaniard suffered a crash in turn 4 during his second run, which prevented him from further improving on that time.

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) took second after improving on his final lap, three tenths off polesitter Marquez, with Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completing the front row in another show of good pace in the season finale.

Friday’s fastest Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) heads up the second row after a fast crash when setting red sectors – rider ok – with the five-time World Champion only a tiny margin off a top three start at the venue where he holds the pole lap, race lap and most premier class wins records. The rider with the most victories at the circuit across all classes, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), is just behind Lorenzo in fifth after ending Day 1 in P2. Ducati Team test rider and wildcard Michele Pirro completes the second row.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completes the top ten, ahead of Q1 graduate Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who went eleventh fastest but will start from pitlane due to an engine penalty. Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) takes P12 and was another to crash in the session, moving one place forward on race day as Espargaro’s penalty shuffles the grid forward.

In the battle for the Top 12 on the grid, Jorge Lorenzo overstepped the mark at Turn 13 and had a heavy crash, escaping unharmed

That’s good news for Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) after a tough day at the office for the rider from Roses, qualifying in P13 and gaining one place. He’s followed by Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), with Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Q1 faller Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) completing the fastest sixteen and the top fifteen on the grid.

The #FinalShowdown is now ready to race, with the lights going out at 14:00 (GMT +1) on Sunday and the crown on the line.

Marc Marquez
I’m extremely happy that today we’ve achieved our goal of starting from the front row, as the start is very important at this track. I had a crash in qualifying that frustrated me for a bit, though only for a few minutes. The fact is that I did not feel totally comfortable with the front in turn 4 during my first flying lap, and when I told Santi (Hernández) before going out for my second run he told me to pay attention to this. I kept pushing because I knew that I had to do so if I wanted to be faster, but then I fell. As I said on Thursday, the ‘Marquez style’ will be okay until after the warm up, and that I want to work in the same way as always, pushing hard during the practices. The most important thing is that we’ve worked well all weekend and that we’ve got a good pace on used tires. For the race we must make a switch and change. We must see where Dovi is, where we can finish and do our best.

Results

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

Marquez Marc

93

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

1'29.897

2

Zarco Johann

5

FRA

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

0.349

3

Iannone Andrea

29

ITA

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

0.502

4

Lorenzo Jorge

99

SPA

Ducati Team

Ducati

0.563

5

Pedrosa Dani

26

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

0.692

6

Pirro Michele

51

ITA

Ducati Test Team

Ducati

0.867

7

Rossi Valentino

46

ITA

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

0.951

8

Espargaro Aleix

41

SPA

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

0.960

9

Dovizioso Andrea

4

ITA

Ducati Team

Ducati

1.064

10

Rins Alex

42

SPA

Team Suzuki Ecstar

Suzuki

1.075

11

Espargaro Pol

44

SPA

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

1.147

12

Miller Jack

43

AUS

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

1.293

13

Vinales Maverick

25

SPA

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

1'31.030 Q1

14

Rabat Tito

53

SPA

EG 0,0 Marc VDS

Honda

0.304

15

Petrucci Danilo

9

ITA

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

0.323

16

Crutchlow Cal

35

GBR

LCR Honda

Honda

0.404

17

Smith Bradley

38

GBR

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

0.407

18

Abraham Karel

17

CZE

Pull&Bear Aspar Team

Ducati

0.432

19

Kallio Mika

36

FIN

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

0.468

20

Barbera Hector

8

SPA

Reale Avintia Racing

Ducati

0.594

21

Bautista Alvaro

19

SPA

Pull&Bear Aspar Team

Ducati

0.685

22

Redding Scott

45

GBR

Octo Pramac Racing

Ducati

0.732

23

Baz Loris

76

FRA

Reale Avintia Racing

Ducati

0.882

24

Lowes Sam

22

GBR

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia

0.923

25

Van Der Mark Michael

60

NDL

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

1.611

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