Marquez takes final pole position of the season at Valencia

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, Marc 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

Marc Marquez

POLE  1’29.897

“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 Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’29.897
2 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 0.349
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.502
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team 0.563
5 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 0.692
6 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team 0.867
7 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 0.951
8 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 0.960
9 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1.064
10 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1.075