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24 days ago
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#AragonGP: MotoGP™ Sunday Guide

Stats on Saturday's fastest ahead of another incredible showdown at Aragon

- Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) starts from pole for the fifth time this year, and for the second successive race. This is his first pole at a Spanish circuit since he was fastest qualifier in the Moto2™ class at Aragon in 2014, which was also the last time that he won on Spanish soil.

- Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) is on the front row for just the third time this year. Lorenzo has finished on the podium for the last six years at the Aragon Grand Prix.

- In third place on the grid is Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), his first front row start at the Aragon circuit. Aragon is one of just three circuits on the current calendar where Rossi has not had a victory.

- This is the first time since Mugello that both factory Yamaha riders have qualified on the front row, which was also the last time that there was no Honda rider that qualified in the top three places on the grid.

- Heading the second row is Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), who is the top Independent Team rider in qualifying for the fifth time in 2017.

- Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) is in fifth place on the grid, the first time that he has failed to get on pole in Aragon since moving up to the MotoGP class. Marquez has not won a race after failing to qualify on the front row since the Valencia GP in 2014 when he won from 5th place on the grid.

- His teammate Dani Pedrosa starts from the final place on the second row, the fourth successive race he has failed to qualify in the top five places on the grid.

- Marquez' equal on points Andrea Dovizioso, who has qualified at the head of the third row, has not finished higher than fifth at Aragon in his four previous appearance at the circuit on the factory Ducati.

- Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) starts from eighth place on the grid, his best qualifying result since the German GP.

- KTM wildcard rider Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) has qualified in 12th place on the grid with a lap time just 0.836 seconds slower than the pole position lap – the closest top twelve of 2017.

- EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller, who is making his 100th GP start across all classes, is in 13th place on the grid – his best qualifying result since the German GP.

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