Marquez on Pole; Lorenzo Not Racing (2018 Thailand Qualifying Results)

Marquez on Pole; Lorenzo to Not Start (2018 Thailand Qualifying Results)
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez

2018 Thailand Qualifying Results

The grid is set for the debut Thailand Grand Prix at the Buriram International Circuit. And things have started strongly for the top riders so far in 2018 MotoGP.

Due to a crash in Saturday's Free Practice 3, Marc Marquez was forced out of a top-10 start for the second qualifying (Q2) session.

This forced the 25-year-old Spaniard to grab one of the top-two times in the first qualifying (Q1) session if he wanted to get into Q2 - which he did. The Repsol Honda rider followed that up with the top time in Q2 to become the first rider in MotoGP history to progress from Q1 to Q2 and claim the pole.

Marquez on Pole; Lorenzo to Not Start (2018 Thailand Qualifying Results)
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez

This was Marquez's 50th career-class pole - 78th across all classes - and fifth this season.

Marquez enters Thailand MotoGP with the championship point lead as he chases his fifth-straight title in the premier class.

Marquez, who has won six races so far this season, including the last one two weeks ago at Aragon,  has 246 points - 72 ahead of Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso, and 87 ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi.

Joining Marquez on the front row for Sunday's 26-lap Thailand Grand Prix are two Italians - Rossi, who finished a mere 0.11 seconds behind, and Dovizioso, who finished 0.139 of a second back.

As for Ducati Team's Jorge Lorenzo, who joins Marquez on Repsol Honda in 2019, he's going to sit out Sunday's GP due to a huge crash at turn 3 in Friday's free practice 2, which was led by Dovizioso. Two weeks ago at Aragon Lorenzo suffered a huge crash on the opening lap that left him with a dislocated toe.

When 2018 Thailand MotoGP Qualifying wrapped up, the top 10 were within a 0.6 of a second of each other.

Heading up row two is Rossi's teammate Maverick Vinales, who was followed by LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow and Team Suzuki Ecstar's Andrea Iannone.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who retires after 2018 MotoGP, qualified seventh ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Johann Zarco and Alma Pramac Racing Ducati's Danilio Petrucci.

Rounding out the top 12 were Alma Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller, Team Suzuki Ecstar's Alex Rins and Angel Neito Ducati's Alvaro Bautista.

The battle gets underway Sunday at Buriram, the round 15 of 19 beginning at 2 p.m. local time. For US TV times, visit 2018 US MotoGP TV Schedule.

2018 Thailand MotoGP Qualifying Results

  1. Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda (RC213V), 1m 30.088s
  2. Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1), +0.011
  3. Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team (GP18), +0.139
  4. Maverick Viñales, Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1), +0.240
  5. Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda (RC213V), +0.268
  6. Andrea Iannone, Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR), +0.331
  7. Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda (RC213V), +0.370
  8. Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1), +0.383
  9. Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Ducati (GP18), +0.511
  10. Jack Miller, Pramac Ducati (GP17), +0.572
  11. Alex Rins, Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR), +0.650
  12. Alvaro Bautista, Angel Neito Ducati (GP17), +0.888