MotoGP Aragon: Marc Marquez takes pole despite qualifying crash

Marc Marquez claimed pole position for Sunday's MotoGP round at Aragon Motorland, despite a crash late in qualifying

MotoGP Aragon: Marc Marquez takes pole despite qualifying crash

The reigning champion immediately set the pace in the pole shootout, posting a 1m46.635s on his first run in the session to lead the way by a tenth of a second from Jorge Lorenzo.

Marquez's best lap smashed his own pole record from 2014 by half a second.

His performance was only dampened by a late fall at Turn 2 while trying to improve on his final time, but he was able to walk away uninjured.

Andrea Iannone, nursing an left shoulder, hauled the Ducati onto the front row of the grid with a late lap to snatch third from Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaro.

Honda's Dani Pedrosa failed to reproduce his form from final practice, and he will start from fifth, one spot ahead of current points leader Valentino Rossi.

Aleix Espargaro will line up seventh on the grid, and will be joined by Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci, the latter progressing through Q1 on the satellite Ducati, on the third row.

Bradley Smith recorded his worst qualifying result since Assen in 10th, while Yonny Hernandez and Maverick Vinales rounded out the top 12.

Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso was eliminated in the opening phase of qualifying, unable to match Pramac team-mates Petrucci and Hernandez on the satellite Ducatis.

Eugene Laverty was the best of the open class riders in 15th.

STARTING GRID

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m46.635s -
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m46.743s 0.108s
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m47.178s 0.543s
4 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m47.334s 0.699s
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m47.357s 0.722s
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m47.492s 0.857s
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m47.573s 0.938s
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m47.574s 0.939s
9 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m47.775s 1.140s
10 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m47.830s 1.195s
11 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m48.556s 1.921s
12 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m48.648s 2.013s
13 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m48.294s 1.659s
14 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m48.674s 2.039s
15 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m49.035s 2.400s
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m49.102s 2.467s
17 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m49.109s 2.474s
18 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m49.253s 2.618s
19 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m49.426s 2.791s
20 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m49.436s 2.801s
21 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m49.437s 2.802s
22 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m49.496s 2.861s
23 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 1m49.761s 3.126s
24 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m50.134s 3.499s
25 Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m50.755s 4.120s


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