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2013-09-28 18:56

IT'S THAT ROOKIE AGAIN: Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo (left), Honda's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa after qualifying in the 2013 Spanish MotoGP. Marquez took pole from Lorenzo and Pedrosa. Image: AFP

Mark Elkington

MADRID, Spain - MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez logged a third successive pole position and his seventh of the 2014 season with a record time ahead of the Aragon MotoGP on Saturday.

The Honda rider set a best time of 1min 47.804, keeping his Spanish compatriots and closest rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa in second and third place respectively on the grid.

Marquez tops the world rankings with 253 points, 34 ahead of Lorenzo and Pedrosa, with five races left.


The 20-year-old rookie said afterwards: "In all honesty, it was a tough battle for pole as Jorge and Dani were both very fast. With the second set of tyres I found something extra and this allowed me to take pole. It will be important to manage the tyres well on Sunday."

World champion Lorenzo was happy enough to be second on the grid as he goes in search of a third consecutive victory after wins in Britain and San Marino.

"I am pleased because I didn't expect to round in (1min47.814). It's an incredible time on this circuit," the Yamaha rider said. "Second place is very good for tomorrow and the important thing is that it doesn't rain and we can set a good rhythm for the race."

Overnight rain had left a damp track for the Saturday morning practice session and there is a chance of further rain over the rest of the weekend.

Italy's Valentino Rossi will head up the second row, ahead of Germany's Stefan Bradl and Spaniard Alvaro Bautista.

In Moto2 another Spaniard, Nico Terol, scored pole, his first in this class, ahead of compatriots Esteve Rabat and Pol Espargaro.

Britain's championship leader Scott Redding managed to secure only 13th.

MotoGP qualification
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Repsol Honda Team 1min47.804
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha Factory Racing 1min47.814
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Repsol Honda Team 1min47.957
4 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha Factory Racing 1min47.962
5 Stefan Bradl (Germany) LCR Honda MotoGP 1min48.128
6 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda Gresini 1min48.302
7 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1min48.653
8 Bradley Smith (Britain) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1min48.854
9 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati Team 1min49.219
10 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Power Electronics Aspar 1min49.348

Moto2 qualification
1 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Mapfre Aspar Team 1min53.812
2 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Tuenti Racing 1min53.985
3 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Tuenti Racing 1min54.294
4 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Italtrans S.T.R. 1min54.398
5 Jordi Torres (Spain) Mapfre Aspar Team 1min54.564
6 Simone Corsi (Italy) NGM Mobile Racing 1min54.595
7 Julian Simon (Spain) Italtrans S.T.R. 1min54.601
8 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Forward Racing Moto2 1min54.634
9 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Dynavolt Intact GP 1min54.687
10 Johann Zarco (France) Ioda Racing Project 1min54.690

Moto3 qualification
1 Alex Rins (Spain) Estrella Galicia 0.0 1min58.571
2 Maverick Vinales (Spain) JHK Laglisse 1min59.273
3 Alex Marquez (Spain) Estrella Galicia 0.0 1min59.282
4 Philipp OEttl (Germany) TT Motion Events Racing 1min59.906
5 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Mahindra Racing 1min59.932
6 Jonas Folger (Germany) Mapfre Aspar Moto3 Team 2min00.156
7 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra Racing 2min00.221
8 Luis Salom (Spain) Red Bull KTM Ajo 2min00.275
9 Arthur Sissis (Australia) Red Bull KTM Ajo 2min00.337
10 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta 2min00.362


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