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Marquez Leads Honda 1-2 During Aragon Qualifying As Yamaha Duo Struggle

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Marquez Leads Honda 1-2 During Aragon Qualifying As Yamaha Duo Struggle
Marc Marquez stormed to his 11th pole position of the season at sunny Aragon, finally getting the better of a strong challenge from team-mate Dani Pedrosa with the Spanish pair set to start first and second on the grid for the third time this season.

Reigning World Champion Marquez had ended the first day of practice second fastest behind Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) and upped his game, as his engineers fine-tuned his RC213V for this challenging and undulating circuit.

He topped free practice and claimed pole position with an impressive 0.362 second margin over Pedrosa, the fastest-ever motorcycle lap at Aragon. It was his 20th MotoGP pole from 32 starts in the premier class.

"Qualifying went very well, continuing the form that we have had so far this weekend! We have focused a lot of our work on our race pace, looking less at setting a one-off lap time and more at finding a strong pace. Things are looking good for the race, although Dani also has a very good pace, so we'll have to see tomorrow!"

After yesterday's first two practice sessions Pedrosa focused on improving cornering grip and braking which this afternoon allowed him to go fastest for some minutes before Marquez retaliated at the very end of the session.

Like everyone else, Pedrosa knows that the run to the first corner here is one of the shortest in MotoGP followed by a very sinuous first section, so a front-row start is more important than ever here.

Andrea Iannone continued both his and Ducati's late season form qualifying 3rd fastest jus behind Pedrosa to fill out the opening row for tonights race.

Pol Espargaro was the quickest of the Yamaha riders, qualifying 4th aboard his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine, just head of Factory Ducati racer of Cal Crutchlow.

Factory Yamaha's Valentino Rossi completes the second row of the grid after struggling to a 6th spot qualifying position, one spot ahead of his team mate Jorge Lorenzo.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) will start the race from the middle of the third row after putting his RC213V between Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) in eighth position. Bradl's best lap was just 0.68 seconds off the front row and he believes he would've been closer to the front if he hadn't made a couple of minor errors during his best lap.

Australia's Broc Parkes will start from 22nd.


MotoGP Qualifying Results
1 Marc Marquez 1'47.187 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 1'47.549 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Andrea Iannone 1'47.685 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
4 Pol Espargaro 1'47.865 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow 1'47.897 GBR DUCATI Ducati Team
6 Valentino Rossi 1'48.226 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
7 Jorge Lorenzo 1'48.246 ESP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
8 Stefan Bradl 1'48.368 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Andrea Dovizioso 1'48.542 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Aleix Espargaro 1'48.568 ESP FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
11 Bradley Smith 1'48.810 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
12 Hector Barbera 1'48.991 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
13 Yonny Hernandez 1'49.051 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
14 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'49.209 JPN HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
15 Alvaro Bautista 1'49.274 ESP HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
16 Scott Redding 1'49.703 GBR HONDA GO&FUN Honda Gresini
17 Karel Abraham 1'49.790 CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
18 Nicky Hayden 1'49.835 USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
19 Alex de Angelis 1'50.263 RSM FORWARD YAMAHA NGM Forward Racing
20 Danilo Petrucci 1'50.635 ITA ART IodaRacing Project
21 Michael Laverty 1'51.280 WAL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
22 Broc Parkes 1'51.489 AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
23 Mike De Meglio 1'52.181 FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing

Top Image: Marc Marquez will start form pole position at Aragon

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