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Marc Marquez sets a new pole position record at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon, without pushing fully.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) were the only two riders to opt for a three run strategy during Saturday’s Q2. On the first flying lap of his first run Marquez set a jaw dropping 1’46.635, the first rider under the 1’47 barrier on a MotoGP™ World Championship machine. A small mistake on his second run meant he was unable to improve and for his final run Marquez was prepared to go all out. Unfortunately this all out lap ended in the gravel at just the second corner, the Honda rider falling victim to a cold tyre and crashing. He was unhurt.
It’s not just one lap that Marquez is quick over, the Honda rider showed in FP4 that he is able to set multiple low 1’47s in a row with ease. A major factor will be the weather and could alter tyre choice, at current the Hondas are leaning towards running the medium option and a drop in temperature could help to improve tyre life. Victory Marquez’s goal for Sunday and the remainder of the season, his title chances almost completely gone after four DNFs in 2015.
Marc Marquez: “I did not expect that time on my first lap, and it was a nice surprise! With the second tyre I made a small mistake and could not improve it, and with the third I went too hard on the wrong corner and I had a small crash. This morning we made a big step forward with the setup and now we are more competitive. We will try to fight for victory from the first lap of the race tomorrow. I think we've done a great job and we are happy with this pole position.”
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