BURIRAM, Thailand — Marc Marquez rode to his 50thMotoGP pole Saturday at Burriam Circuit during drills for the Grand Prix of Thailand.
The Repsol Honda rider claimed his first pole at the circuit after participating in Q1 following a turn-four crash during the final practice session.
“It’s fantastic to be on pole, and it seems it’s a record to have done so going through Q1 but I honestly would have preferred to pass directly to Q2,” the Spaniard explained. “This morning we were very unlucky because when we fitted the new rear tire at the end of FP3, we had a little issue and had to quickly swap to the other bike. It wasn’t the same and I lost the front while I was improving my lap time.
Anyway, after that we managed everything in a good way, and in QP1 I was able to ride very well. We’re very happy because a front-row start was our target. Now we have a very important race tomorrow, and a very long one. I’m happy with my race pace but we must wait and see what the conditions are like and where we and our opponents are.”
Valentino Rossi qualified second for Yamaha, while Andrea Dovizioso completes the front row on a Ducati.
Rossi’s teammate, Maverick Vinales, will start fourth, with Cal Crutchlow fifth for LCR Honda. Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, will start sixth.