JEREZ, Spain – Marc Marquez continued his hot streak in MotoGP competition by earning the pole for Sunday’s Gran Premio bwin de España at Circuito de Jerez.
Marquez produced a superb 1:38.120 lap to smash the pole record at Jerez, qualifying .421 of a second ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo and .510 of a second in front of his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Heading the second row after an intriguing Q2 run in the southern Spanish heat is the most successful rider on the grid at Jerez, with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi qualifying fourth at the track where he has six premier class victories. Joining him on row two are Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).
A late crash for Espargaro hindered his Q2 efforts in the final minutes and he missed out on a potential front row.
The third row will host young trio Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3), with Smith still recovering well from a big crash on Friday.
Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) is accompanied by American pair Colin Edwards (NGM Forward Racing) and Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) on the fourth row, whilst the likes of Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) will start from further back after failing to make Q2.