2014 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying ResultsMarc Marquez has done it again. The reigning MotoGP Champion has earned his fourth pole of 2014 MotoGP in as many races, the latest arriving Saturday at a sunny Jerez circuit in his home country of Spain.
The Respol Honda RC213V pilot completed the task at a record pace, also; Marquez posted a 1:38.120 to set a new circuit record at Jerez, beating Jorge Lorenzo’s record set in 2008. Joining the 21-year old on the front row will be Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Lorenzo and the other factory Repsol Honda pilot, Dani Pedrsoa.It’s worth noting that these riders finished on the podium at Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo last weekend. Marquez won, and was joined on the Argentina MotoGP podium by Pedrosa and Lorenzo, respectively.Marquez – who starts his 100th GP this weekend – once again took a different approach regarding the spec Bridgestone tires. Instead of using just two soft fronts during qualifying, Marquez pitted a third time to utilize another soft-front tire. Though he spent additional time in the pits, he was able to put in the blistering lap at Jerez, finishing 0.421 of a second ahead of Lorenzo, and 0.510 of a second ahead of Pedrsoa.Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says “I am very happy with this pole position, as it was hard fought and I wasn’t expecting it. We are suffering a little more here than at other tracks, but despite this we are still at the same level as Lorenzo and Dani [Pedrosa].“We changed our strategy at the last minute; I asked Santi [Hernandez] if it would be possible to use three soft tires, and he said that it was. It was all last minute and I am satisfied with how it worked out, but we know that tomorrow is the important day. Jorge and, above all, Dani have a great pace.”Heading up the second row is the most successful rider with six wins at Jerez – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi. The nine-time World Champion was 0.737 of a second off the pace.Joining Rossi on the second row will be NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro, who suffered a late crash at the end of Qualifying 2. Espargaro – the fastest Open-class rider so far in 2014 MotoGP – was the final rider to post within a second of Marquez; Espargaro finished 0.887 of a second off the top pace.Taking the final position on the second row was Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, who finished 1.102 of a second back.Qualifying on the third row were LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl and the Monster Tech 3 Duo of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith, respectively.On row four will be GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, and the two Americans in 2014 MotoGP – NGM Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards and Drive M7 Aspar Honda’s Nicky Hayden.As for Ducati Team’s Cal Crutchlow – who is recovering from a finger injury sustained at Circuit of the Americas – and Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, both riders didn’t progress to Q2. Crutchlow qualified 14th, and Iannone 15th.2014 Jerez MotoGP on TVFox Sports 1 will provide live coverage of 2014 Jerez MotoGP beginning at 7 a.m. ET Sunday, May 4.2014 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results:
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