Defending Moto GP world champion Marc Marquez has secured pole position for tomorrow’s Gran Premio de Aragon after breaking his own track record during qualifying in Spain today.
The Spanish sensation has set the motorcycle racing world alight since making his premier class debut at the beginning of 2013, becoming the first rookie world champion since Kenny Roberts back in 1978.
In 2014, he has outdone himself, winning all of the first ten races to put himself in a commanding position for the championship. His hopes of a perfect season came to an end in the Czech Republic when he finished fourth, and a crash at Misano meant he could only finish 15th at the San Marino Grand Prix.
This weekend though, he has bounced back to his best form, securing pole position with a new lap record to finish three-tenths of a second clear of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Andrea Iannone continued his good qualifying form to secure third place on the grid ahead of Pol Espargaro, while British rider Cal Crutchlow finally found some pace to put his bike fifth on the grid.
Misano race winner Valentino Rossi was forced to qualify for his place in the pole position shoot-out after a disappointing performance in practice, but he rallied to finish sixth in the second session. Jorge Lorenzo will start in seventh for Yamaha behind his teammate.
This weekend sees American rider Nicky Hayden return to the field with the Aspar team after missing the last four races. He will start from 18th place on the grid tomorrow.