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2014-11-08 16:35

LOOKING GOOD AT VALENCIA:... but it wasn't to be and Honda's Marc Marquez will start fifth on the grid in Spain - perhaps he just wants more of a challenge? Image: AFP / Jaime Reina

VALENCIA, Spain - Looks like it's going to be an amazing 2014 Spanish MotoGP on Sunday (Nov 9) with super-determined Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) up there on pole and hotshot Marc Marquez (Honda) down in fifth.

Did Marquez have a problem out there on the Valencia track? Is he looking for more of a challenge from tomorrow's race near the Mediterranean Sea? Who knows, but team mate Dani Pedrosa is up on the front row in third position with Ducati's Andrea Iannone between him and The Doctor.

It's going to be tight with only 0.6sec covering the top to starters.


Rossi has not had a pole start since Le Mans in 2010.

Marquez, who is aiming to break the record of 12 wins in a season that he shares with Australian great Mick Doohan, was looking strong but crashed on his final lap and is fifth on the grid.

The battle is on for second place in the Riders' championship with Rossi on 275 points and his Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo 12 points behind.

MotoGP qualifying

1 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1min30.843
2 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 1min30.975
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min30.999
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min31.049
5 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min31.144 
6 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min31.307
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 1min31.324
8 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati 1min31.359
9 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1min31.426
10 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min31.443

Moto2 qualifying

1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 1min35.199 
2 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 1min35.242
3 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex 1min35.420
4 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 1min35.532
5 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Suter 1min35.566
6 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Tech 3 1min35.630
7 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 1min35.639
8 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 1min35.653
9 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 1min35.670
10 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 1min35.711

Moto3 qualifying

1 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) KTM 1min39.183
2 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 1min39.251
3 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min39.556
4 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 1min39.637
5 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 1min39.716
6 Karel Hanika (Czech Republic) KTM 1min39.731
7 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna 1min39.750
8 John McPhee (Britain) Honda 1min39.775
9 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 1min39.869
10 Juanfran Guevara (Spain) Kalex 1min39.884
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