- MotoGP Valencia: Marc Marquez Takes Pole Position Despite Crash
- The Round 18 on MotoGP 2017, Valencia Grand Prix Qualifying ran at Circuit Ricardo Tormo on November 11. This marks MotoGP final race in 2017.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) took an eighth pole position of the season despite he crashed at turn 4.
Rookie of 2017, Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha) took second after improving on his final lap, but he behind Marquez by a margin of 0.349s.
Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar) was third with 1m 30.399s.
Marquez's rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was 9th place with 1m 30.961s, he will be hard to clinch the World Title on starting third row tomorrow.
Marc Marquez only needs a top-11 finish on Sunday, but Andrea Dovizioso has to win for getting the title and Marc Marquez has to finish less than 12th.
Marc Marquez (P1):
“We are human and it will be more difficult to sleep. But it’s normal, I would be more nervous if Dovi was on pole and I was tenth, ninth or eighth…
I’m really happy to be on pole during this special weekend. It’s my 73rd pole position which is my brother’s number! I’m happy with the rhythm and the feeling of the bike…I had a small slide trying to improve the laptime but it was already a good lap. It’s Marquez style until Warm Up, then maybe we need to change the strategy and adapt to the conditions tomorrow. But I’m feeling good with the bike, which is the most important. Two crashes this weekend was when I was pushing more than I feel. The first few laps will be more difficult because when you’re fighting for the Championship you’re stiff on the bike until you get used to it. But we need to keep the same mentality. That will be the key.
When you see front row Marquez-Zarco-Iannone, you say ‘Dangerous! Something will happen at the first corner. But I know Zarco is fast and will push, Iannone is a fighter…and to finish the race is the most important for me.”
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana Qualifying Results
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 1m 29.897s
- Johann Zarco / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 1m 30.246s
- Andrea Iannone / Suzuki Ecstar / 1m 30.399s
- Jorge Lorenzo / Ducati Team / 1m 30.460s
- Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda / 1m 30.589s
- Michele Pirro / Ducati Team / 1m 30.764s
- Valentino Ross / Movistar Yamaha / 1m 30.848s
- Aleix Espargar / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1m 30.857s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / 1m 30.961s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / 1m 30.972s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1m 31.044s
- Jack Miller / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 1m 31.190s
- Maverick Viñales / Movistar Yamaha / 1m 31.030s
- Tito Rabat / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 1m 31.197s
- Danilo Petrucci / Octo Pramac / 1m 31.216s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / 1m 31.297s
- Bradley Smith / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1m 31.300s
- Karel Abraham / Pull&Bear Aspar / 1m 31.325s
- Mika Kallio / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1m 31.361s
- Hector Barbera / Reale Avintia / 1m 31.487s
- Alvaro Bautista / Pull&Bear Aspar / 1m 31.578s
- Scott Redding / Octo Pramac / 1m 31.625s
- Loris Baz / Reale Avintia / 1m 31.775s
- Sam Lowes / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1m 31.816s
- Michael Van Der Mark / Movistar Yamaha / 1m 32.504s
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