Moto GP

Marc Marquez takes pole position for Catalan GP


Repsol Honda‰Ûªs Marc Marquez has scored the 61st pole of his career for tomorrow‰Ûªs Catalan GP, Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo was second fastest with Marquez's teammate Dani Pedrosa on the front row for the first time this season with third fastest.

Marc Marquez started the day well ‰ÛÒ despite a small crash at turn 2 on his favourite bike ‰ÛÒ posting the second fastest time in an FP3 session that was extended to 60 minutes to allow the riders to learn the revised circuit layout, introduced after Luis Salom‰Ûªs tragic incident yesterday.

After working hard on the setup in yesterday‰Ûªs free practices Marc and his crew decided to introduce some important modifications to the bike settings for today, which allowed him to improve significantly his feeling on the bike. Marc continued his progress into FP4 and qualifying, recording the fastest time in both sessions.

‰ÛÏWe've worked well, and this morning we had a good feeling, but that fact was covered up because my crash was on the bike that I liked more," Marquez said.

"I felt very comfortable in FP4, with a good pace when using race tyres. We did a very good job and everything together meant that things worked out well. I‰Ûªm very happy with the pole position, but we‰Ûªre already thinking about the race. I don‰Ûªt know what will happen tomorrow, but I want to dedicate this pole to my grandmother who passed away two weeks ago and to Luis Salom.‰Û
Dani Pedrosa was 3rd fastest
Hector Barbera pipped Valentino Rossi for 4th spot on the grid by the smallest of margins.

Tyres present a major issue for Rossi as well, perhaps even more so than the new layout. With the medium option having a relatively short life on the M1, both Rossi and Lorenzoset to use the harder option. While it will last the distance, neither rider is yet able to extract the full potential from the tyre and Rossi feels his race pace will not be enough.

"In the end, the qualifying was not so bad. Unfortunately I wasn‰Ûªt able to make the perfect lap, I made a few mistakes and will start from the second row, from fifth position, that is OK," Rossi said.

"We need to work, we are quite worried for the race. With this new layout we suffer a lot and especially because we need to use the hard front, but unfortunately we are not able to use it in the right way, we are very slow and in terms of pace we are quite far from the top guys. I think that it will be hard, but we have time and have some hours to think and we hope we can change the situation for tomorrow. It‰Ûªs not a voluntary decision, with the medium option after seven or eight laps it‰Ûªs finished, so we need to use the hard tyre, but try to use it in a better way.‰Û

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