Marquez racks up sixth '13 pole
TOP GUYS AT MISANO: Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo left), Honda's Marc Marquez who took pole and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi celebrate after qualifying for the 2013 San Marino MotoGP at the Misano world circuit in Misano Adriatico. Image: AFP
Author: ALAN BALDWIN
Honda's MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez chalked up his sixth pole of 2013 with a record time for the Sunday's San Marino MotoGP.
MISANO, Italy - Honda's MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez chalked up his sixth pole position of the season in record time at the San Marino Grand Prix on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Spanish rookie lapped the Misano Marco Simoncelli circuit with a fastest time of 1min32.915, beating the lap record of 1min33.138 set by Australian Casey Stoner in 2011 qualifying.
Marquez, who has a 30-point lead over compatriot and team mate Dani Pedrosa, will have the Yamahas of World champion Jorge Lorenzo and Italian Valentino Rossi with him on the front row at the eastern Italian track.
Pedrosa will start fourth with Britain's Cal Crutchlow fifth place on a non-works Tech3 Yamaha.
Marquez was handed two penalty points at the previous race in Britain but these are separate from championship points. Any rider racking up four penalty points starts the next race from the back of the grid.
Lorenzo and Rossi were using a new seamless gearbox in qualifying for the first time, with the riders saying in practice that it made the bike more stable to ride.
"We improved a little but not enough to be closer to Marc," said Lorenzo, who was more than half a second off Marquez's fastest time. "He made an amazing lap. We are struggling to stop the bike in braking and we have more spinning than normal in acceleration.
"Maybe the best strategy is to follow Marc and see how our performance is during the race."
San Marino MotoGP qualification tims
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min32.915
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min33.428
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1min33.573
4 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min33.726
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 1min34.014
6 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Aprilia 1min34.028
7 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min34.098
8 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 1min34.230
9 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1min34.338
10 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 1min34.362
1 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex 1min37.666
2 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 1min37.698
3 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 1min37.756
4 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 1min37.795
5 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 1min38.210
6 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Kalex 1min38.331
7 Johann Zarco (France) Suter 1min38.340
8 Julian Simon (Spain) Kalex 1min38.364
9 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Kalex 1min38.468
10 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 1min38.471
1 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 1min42.707
2 Alex Rins (Spain) KTM 1min42.768
3 Maverick Vinales (Spain) KTM 1min43.171
4 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM 1min43.657
5 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) FTR 1min43.727
6 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra 1min43.794
7 Eric Granado (Brazil) Kalex 1min43.843
8 Isaac Vinales (Spain) FTR 1min43.878
9 Alex Marquez (Spain) KTM 1min43.953
10 Luis Salom (Spain) KTM 1min43.960