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2014-06-14 16:34

FRONT ROW FOR SPAIN: Repsol Honda's Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa at maximum lean ahead of the 2014 Catalunya MotoGP. He took pole, followed by fellow Spaniards Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and Marc Marquez (Honda). Image: AFP / Quique Garcia

BARCELONA, Spain - Dani Pedrosa took pole position for the 2014 Catalonia MotoGP on Saturday (June 14) after points leader Marc Marquez crashed, ending his run of six poles in the first six races of the season.

Marquez was trying to beat Pedrosa's time when he lost control of his front wheel and slid into the gravel on Turn 1. He walked away but still managed the session's third-best time behind Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) in second.


Pedrosa, Marquez's Honda team mate, clocked the fastest lap of 1min40.985 at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.

Marquez started his title defence by winning all six races so for in 2014 year to lead the standings with 150 points. Valentino Rossi is second with 97 - he will start Sunday's race fifth  behind Stefan Bradl.

2014 Catalunya MotoGP qualifying
1 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min40.985
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min41.100
3 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min41.135
4 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min41.220
5 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1min41.290
6 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min41.308
7 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1min41.337
8 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 1min41.491
9 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 1min41.671
10 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 1min41.677

2014 Catalunya Moto3 qualifying
Spain's Alex Marquez set a course record for the class on Saturday (June 14) as he rode his Honda to pole position for Sunday's 2014 Catalunya Moto3 GP with a time of 1min50.232.

The 18-year-old, younger brother of MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez (third in MotoGP qualifying) finished his fastest lap a comfortable 0.618sec quicker than Italian KTM rider Enea Bastianini.

Spaniard Alex Rins, on a second Honda, was a further 0.062sec back to complete the front row at the Montmelo circuit.

Moto3 qualifying
1 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min50.232
2 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM 1min50.850
3 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 1min50.912
4 Brad Binder (South Africa) Mahindra 1min51.024
5 Niklas Ajo (Finland) Husqvarna 1min51.308
6 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 1min51.360
7 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra 1min51.456
8 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 1min51.471
9 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 1min51.481
10 John McPhee (Britain) Honda 1min51.499

1  Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 1min46.569
2  Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 1min47.140
3  Maverick Vinales (
Spain) Kalex 1min47.192
4  Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 1min47.267
5  Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 1min47.444
6  Mattia Pasini (Italy) Forward KLX 1min47.526
7  Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 1min47.594
8  Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 1min47.595
9  Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up 1min47.600
10 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 1min47.604

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