Valencia MotoGP | Marquez Sets Pole Record; Qualifies Ahead of Lorenzo

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez

Valencia MotoGP 2013 Qualifying Results

With the 2013 MotoGP title fight down to the wire between Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo, qualifying for the season finale at Valencia was more significant than ever.

And from the get-go Saturday, the 20-year-old rookie Marquez, who needs a fourth-place or better to garner the title regardless of Lorenzo’s finishing position, was the pace setter.

The Repsol Honda RC213V pilot of Spain began the day with a strong performance in Free Practice 3, posting beneath the pole record (130.844) set by his teammate Dani Pedrosa in 2012. But not far behind was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.

This trend followed into qualifying, where in the second, 15-minute qualifying session Marquez posted a new pole record of 1:30.237.; this was his ninth pole of 2013 MotoGP, the most of any rider. He would top his fellow countryman Lorenzo by 0.340 of a second. Taking the final front-row start will be Pedrosa, who finished 0.426 of a second behind Marquez.

When Q2 (top 10 riders from the first three combined free practice sessions) got underway, Lorenzo piloted his YZR-M1 to a 1:30.645 on his first lap, quickly beating Pedrosa’s record. But Lorenzo suffered some engine troubles with his number-one bike, eventually finishing second on bike two.

Pedrosa, whose title hopes diminished after a third-place finish at Motegi two weeks ago, followed Lorenzo by a mere 0.86 of a second.

Heading up the second row will be nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, who announced his split with long-time crew chief Jeremy Burgess at Valencia’s pre-race press conference.

The 34-year-old Italian was 0.683 of a second off Marquez’s pace. Joining him on the second will be Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, the Brit making his final appearance on the satellite Yamaha this weekend before heading to Ducati. Crutchlow’s teammate, Bradley Smith, qualified sixth, and was the final rider to post within a second of Marquez.

GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista qualified on top of the third row. The Spaniard suffered a crash, but was able to walk away unhurt. Bautista qualified ahead of LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Rounding out the top 10 was Nicky Hayden, who will pilot the new RCV1000R in 2014 MotoGP for Aspar. Hayden qualified ahead of Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and the top CRT bike, Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci.

The riders will return to the track Sunday morning for a quick warm-up ahead of the season finale of 2013 MotoGP. For a preview, including TV times, click here.

2013 Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Results:

193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda320.8kmh1’30.237
299Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha318.11’30.5770.340 / 0.340
326Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda323.51’30.6630.426 / 0.086
446Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha317.01’30.9200.683 / 0.257
535Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha318.31’31.1130.876 / 0.193
638Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha313.81’31.2010.964 / 0.088
719Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda319.01’31.5941.357 / 0.393
86Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda323.01’31.6381.401 / 0.044
94Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati315.01’31.7181.481 / 0.080
1069Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati314.51’31.8701.633 / 0.152
1129Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati314.61’31.9631.726 / 0.093
129Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter301.31’33.1162.879 / 1.153

138Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR306.31’32.7730.033 / 0.008
1441Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART302.31’32.8070.067 / 0.034
1571Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki302.11’32.9610.221 / 0.154
1668Yonny HERNANDEZCOLIgnite Pramac RacingDucati312.01’32.9660.226 / 0.005
1751Michele PIRROITADucati Test TeamDucati309.61’32.9660.226
185Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki302.21’33.2030.463 / 0.237
197Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR307.61’33.3280.588 / 0.125
2014Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART298.31’33.8691.129 / 0.541
2170Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART300.31’34.0181.278 / 0.149
2223Luca SCASSAITACardion AB MotoracingART296.01’34.1131.373 / 0.095
2367Bryan STARINGAUSGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda298.11’34.8052.065 / 0.692
2450Damian CUDLINAUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM301.51’34.9032.163 / 0.098
2552Lukas PESEKCZECame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter297.01’34.9932.253 / 0.090
2645Martin BAUERAUTRemus Racing TeamS&B Suter294.71’35.2772.537 / 0.284