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By motogp.com

#SpanishGP: MotoGP™ Sunday Guide

Think you know everything about the top qualifiers in Jerez? Nope...

- Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) starts from pole for the first time since the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2015 and from the front row for the first time since Catalunya last year. The only time that Pedrosa has failed to get on the podium from his ten MotoGP™ starts at Jerez was when he finished fourth last year. Pedrosa will be aiming for a first win on Spanish soil since he won at Jerez in 2013.

- Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) starts from second place on the grid, which continues his record of qualifying on the front row at every race in 2017. Marquez has finished on the podium in all four of his appearances at Jerez in the MotoGP™ class.

- Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) starts from the front row at Jerez for the first time and he will be aiming to finish on the podium at this circuit for the first time.

- This is the first all-Honda front row since the German GP at the Sachsenring in 2014 when Marquez was on pole from Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl.

- Heading the second row is Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), whose Moto3™ race win in 2013 is his only podium finish at the Jerez circuit.

- Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) is in fifth place on the grid and he will be aiming for a first top six finish since joining Suzuki.

- Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) starts from sixth place on the grid and is the best qualifying rookie for the third time in 2017.

- Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha Tech 3), the winner from pole last year at Jerez, has qualified at the head of the third row. That is his worst grid position at Jerez since he was riding a Ducati in 2012. Rossi has gone fourteen races without a win, which is a sequence stretching back to the Catalunya round.

- The highest placed Ducati rider on the grid is Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) in the middle of the third row. It is the first time since 2005, when he was racing in the 250cc class, that he has failed to get on the front row at Jerez.

- In ninth place on the grid is Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), who has finished on the podium at Jerez in the smaller classes on five occasions, including a Moto2 win in 2015.

- Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) is in 10th place on the grid, which is his best result in a fully dry qualifying session.