BACK TO THE WALL? Not Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez - unless you count the giant stones of the Aragon track. He's on pole for the 2014 race. Image: AFP / Jaime Reina
ARAGON, Spain - Honda scored another 1-2 in qualifying for the 2014 Aragon MotoGP on Saturday with Marc Marquez getting the hole shot ahead of team mate Dani Pedrosa.
Marquez will be looking for a 12th win from the 14 races so far in the 2014 season.
He was edged into second place in Friday's practice, ending the day 0.043sec behind Italy's Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) despite winning the 2013 race from pole on his way to that year’s MotoGP Riders’ title.
HEADING FOR RECORD
Victory on Sunday will put Marquez level with Australia's Michael Doohan who won 12 races in 1997, the record for most victories in one season in the sport's elite division.1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min47.187
Marquez said later on Friday: "Our first day went well and I enjoyed riding in front of the home fans. I felt good on the bike and had a good pace, which is what we were focusing on the most.
"The track was quite slippery but I like it like this. However, Saturday will define which tyres to use and refine the set-up then see if we can get on the front row for Sunday and have a great race."
That was a wish which came true.
Marquez, 21, has a commanding 74-point lead with five legs of the 2014 season remaining, although he suffered a disastrous previous race when he came home 15th at San Marino.
The Misano race was won by Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and the veteran Italian racer now stands in third place in the championship on 214 points, 75 off the pace set by Marquez.
Here are the top 10 grid positions:
2014 Aragon MotoGP qualification
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min47.549
3 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 1min47.685
4 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min47.865
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati 1min47.897
6 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1min48.226
7 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min48.246
8 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min48.368
9 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1min48.542
10 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min48.568
MOTO 3 QUALIFYING
Spain's Alex Rins maintained his championship push as he took the Moto3 pole for the 2014 Aragon GP.
Rins won the previous two races to move within 20 points of championship leader Jack Miller and will be on the front row with Britain's Danny Kent and Spain's Juanfran Guevarra.
Australian Miller will start fourth with his closest rival in the championship standings, Alex Marquez, fifth.Moto3 qualification
1 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 1min58.3183 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 1min54.130
2 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna 1min58.434
3 Juanfran Guevara (Spain) Kalex 1min58.470
4 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 1min58.476
5 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min58.510
6 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM 1min58.647
7 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 1min58.707
8 John McPhee (Britain) Honda 1min58.743
9 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) KTM 1min58.770
10 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 1min58.828
1 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 1min54.073
2 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 1min54.124
4 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex 1min54.183
5 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 1min54.224
6 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 1min54.341
7 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 1min54.390
8 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 1min54.391
9 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 1min54.475
10 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 1min54.508