Alcaiz - MotoGP world championship leader Marc Marquez
claimed pole position for the Aragon Grand Prix for the fourth consecutive
season after overcoming a crash in practice on Saturday.
The Spaniard dislocated his shoulder as one of seven riders
to crash in the third free practice session.
Maverick Vinales and defending champion Jorge Lorenzo
completed an all-Spanish front row.
Marquez's closest championship rival Valentino Rossi will
start from sixth with just five races remaining to cut into the two-time world
champion's 43-point lead.
The Honda rider has been dogged by shoulder problems already
this season as he also dislocated his left shoulder in practice for the
Austrian Grand Prix last month.
However, he appeared unbothered by the problem as he
recovered to set the fastest time in both morning practice sessions before
posting a lap of 1min 47.117sec that was too good for the field in qualifying.
"I'm very happy, above all with the fourth free
practice where our pace was very good," Marquez told Spanish TV station
"It seems like it could be a bit colder tomorrow so we
will have to look at the tyres again, but I'm happy with everything else."
Lorenzo, who has won in Aragon for the past two seasons was
well off the pace in practice, but did enough with his flying qualifying lap
just before the session ended to climb into third.
"I knew I had to have a different strategy to other
qualifying sessions," said Lorenzo, who sits third in the championship
standings, 61 points adrift of Marquez.
"If you go too fast in the first lap you destroy the
tyres for the second one, so I had to go slowly to go much faster in the second
However, Lorenzo's Yamaha teammate Rossi has plenty of work
to do on Sunday to avoid a potentially fatal blow to his chances of a 10th
Britain's Cal Crutchlow will start just ahead of Rossi in
fifth despite crashing towards the end of qualifying.
Dani Pedrosa, winner in San Marino two weeks ago, also came
off his bike to hinder his chances of another victory as Marquez's teammate
will start from seventh.