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Quartararo: Last chance to break Marquez’ record

Frenchman can become the youngest premier class winner on Sunday – but this is his final opportunity

It’s been a breathtaking qualifying day at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya and it all means we’re set up for a spectacular race day in Barcelona. Get yourself set for Sunday with 10 facts:

1. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), who crashed in FP3 for the first time ever since he stepped to the MotoGP™ class in November last year, has qualified on pole position for the second time in his rookie season along with Jerez.

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Quartararo fights the pain for pole in Barcelona

2. If Quartararo wins the race in Barcelona (20 years 57 days old), he will be the youngest rider to win a premier class Grand Prix race, taking the record from Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) who was 20 years and 63 days old when he won at the Americas GP in Austin back in 2013.

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Watch Quartararo' pole-winning lap for FREE!

3. Over his 47 wins in the premier class, 43 of Marquez’ victories came after he qualified on the front row (91.5%). Marquez has won only once in Catalonia, back in 2014 from third on the grid.

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Marquez: "Quartararo did a great job"

4. This is the first time there have been four Yamaha riders within the top five in qualifying since the Czech Grand Prix back in 2012. However, Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) will start sixth after being handed a three-place grid penalty.

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Viñales & Quartararo moment at end of Q2 under investigation

5. Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) has qualified in sixth place as the highest Ducati rider, which the worst qualifying performance for Ducati at the Catalan GP since 2014, when he was the seventh-fastest qualifier. Dovi moves up a spot to fifth on the grid after Viñales’ penalty.

6. Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) will be aiming to become the third successive Ducati rider to win in Barcelona after winning in Italy, along with Andrea Dovizioso (2017) and Jorge Lorenzo (2018).

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MotoGP™ Q2 in Catalonia: The melee for pole

7. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), who also crashed in Q2, has qualified in eighth as the highest-placed Suzuki rider. This is the third time this year he qualified on the third row. The first two times, he went on to finish the race on the podium, winning in Austin and crossing the line second in Jerez.

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FREE: The final 5 minutes of MotoGP™ qualifying in Catalonia

8. The winner last year in Catalonia riding a Ducati, Jorge Lorenzo has qualified in 10th place, which is the second time since he joined Honda this year he has qualified within the top 10.

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Quartaro and Viñales talk about the Q2 incident

9. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) starts from the middle of the fourth row in 11th place, equalling his best qualifying result in the premier class from Qatar earlier this year.

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MotoGP™ Q1 in Catalonia: The clash for Q2!

10. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who joined Q2 for the fifth time this year, has qualified in 12th place as the highest-placed KTM rider.+

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