Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez, 125cc title leader, proved intractable at this afternoon’s qualifying session for the Aragon Grand Prix, after claiming pole position with a time of 1:59.335, more than half a second faster than the rider in second, Sandro Cortese, the German rider who shares the garage with the Spaniard.
Emilio Alzamora’s protégé led the qualifying session almost from the first lap, only being passed in the first few minutes of the session by British rider Bradley Smith, just when Márquez pitted for the first time to make improvements to his bike.
Back on the track, Márquez, who completed a total of 15 laps of the Aragon track, lowered his time four laps in a row, going from 2:00.323 in the sixth lap to 2:00.134 in the ninth. From then on, the gap with his pursuers did not fall under half a second.
In the tenth lap, the Repsol rider pitted again to put the finishing touches to the frame, which allowed him, when he went back out on the track, to register a time under two minutes and stop the clock at an impressive 1:59.338 in his twelfth lap, with just five minutes to go.
To finish off the qualifying session, he lowered his best time again, adding a new pole position to his list – his eighth out of the twelve held so far -, with an advantage of more than half a second over the rider in second place. The front row of the grid will be completed by Terol, third at 6 tenths and Vázquez, fourth at 9 tenths.
Marc Marquez says: “We approached this afternoon’s qualifying with tomorrow’s race in mind, so we decided to set a good pace using worn tyres in order to simulate race conditions. We have achieved our target of keeping within 1 minute and 59 seconds in the last stint and I’m very happy about that. Obviously, the most important thing is what happens tomorrow because what really counts are the points that we can get in the race.”
“So, now we have to be very focused in order to get as many points possible with a view to the championship. My experience in Indianapolis is still very much in my mind, so I don’t want to act hastily in the first few laps; we will try to battle for the win but if that’s not possible, I won’t push it because the aim is to get as many points as possible.”
From a MotoGP Press Release
Marc Márquez shaped up for the 125cc race in the perfect manner by securing his eighth pole position of the 2010 campaign. The Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider’s effort of 1’59.335 left him 0.563s clear of the remainder of his competitors in a clinical display.
Riding behind his team-mate, Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) literally followed Márquez onto the front row with his effort of 1’59.898, with Nico Terol forced to settle for third. Terol is currently second in the championship, nine points adrift of Márquez, and was the third and final rider to get under 2’00” as he came in 0.635s off his rival’s time. Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing) secured his best qualification since the second round at Jerez by completing the front row with the fourth best time.
Pol Espargaró still holds hopes of challenging Márquez and Terol at the top of the Championship but the Tuenti Racing rider will start from the head of the second row after placing fifth in the session, with Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar), Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar) and Johann Zarco (WTR Team San Marino) joining him.
Jonas Folger (Ongetta Team), Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany), Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) and Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol) all secured starts from the third row.