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By Repsol Honda Team

Marquez: "I'm happy with pole - but happier with the rhythm"

Championship leader breaks pole record in Brno and improves race pace in FP4

It was a spectacular dash to pole position for Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez, as the Spaniard was up by two tenths on his final attempt – but slowly gaining on those in front of him. Finding some time in the tow behind Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP™ world champion then found the two in his path at the final corner, and put a move on 9-time champion Rossi one the inside of Turn 14 to make the drag to the line – and the pole lap record. It is his 63rd pole position, equalling Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

Marc Marquez (P1): “63 pole positions are a lot! I’m happy with the pole but especially happy with the rhythm in FP4 because we were struggling a lot with the used tyre, especially in the morning. In FP4 we changed the bike and improved a lot so we’ll see how it will be tomorrow with the conditions. If it’s dry then I think we can fight for the podium…and maybe the victory.”

Marquez: "63 pole positions are a lot"