Motorsport

Marquez storms towards title with Valencia pole

2017-11-11 16:33
Marc Marquez (Getty)

Cheste - Marc Marquez tightened his grip on the MotoGP world championship on Saturday, by qualifying on pole for the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix with championship rival Andrea Dovizioso down the grid in ninth.

Holding a commanding 21-point lead in the championship standings, Honda's Marquez can only be denied a fourth MotoGP world championship if he finishes lower than 11th and Ducati's Dovizioso wins.

Marquez was even able to shrug off his 27th crash of the season after posting his best time of 1min 29.897sec for his eighth pole of the season.

"Today I felt really good with the bike, this morning as well as this afternoon with the used tyre," said Marquez.

"In the qualifying the first lap was very fast."

The Spaniard will be followed by France's Johann Zarco and Italian Andrea Iannone on the front row of the grid.

It was a disastrous Saturday for Dovizioso's hopes of putting pressure on Marquez as he limped onto the back of the third row.

Marquez looked in ominous form as he posted the fastest time in both practice sessions on Saturday morning. He recorded his best time early in the session.

The champion in waiting then hit the floor, as he so often has this season, after running wide at turn four, but once again escaped unharmed despite his visible frustration.

"I was disappointed because when I stop in the box I said to Santi my mechanic on turn 4 (on the) first lap I didn't feel the tyre was ready and it was not ready.

"I lost the front, but it's ok for tomorrow we are in pole position, this is the most important thing."

Marquez's time was never threatened by the chasing pack, with Zarco 0.349 seconds back in second and Iannone more than half a second back in third.

Dovizioso and Marquez's teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa start on the second row in fourth and fifth respectively alongside Michele Pirro.

Dovizioso will also need to battle past nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi (seventh) if he is to pull off an unlikely comeback for his first world title.

Qualifying grids for the Valencia motorcycling Grand Prix on Sunday:

MotoGP

1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 1:29.897, 2. Johann Zarco (FRA/Yamaha Tech3) at 0.349, 3. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Suzuki) 0.502, 4. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Ducati) 0.563, 5. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 0.692, 6. Michele Pirro (ITA/Ducati) 0.867, 7. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 0.951, 8. Aleix Esparagaro (ESP/Suzuki) 0.960, 9. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 1.064, 10. Alex Rins 1.075

Moto2

1. Alex Marquez (ESP/Kalex) 1:35.050, 2. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Kalex) at 0.065, 3. Mattia Pasini (ITA/Kalex) 0.105, 4. Miguel Oliveira (POR/KTM) 0.132, 5. Brad Binder (RSA/KTM) 0.273, 6. Dominique Aegerter (SUI/Suter) 0.398, 7. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN/Kalex) 0.412, 8. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Kalex) 0.417, 9. Xavi Vierge (ESP/Tech 3) 0.603, 10. Marcel  Schrötter (GER/Suter) 0.633

Moto3

1. Jorge Martin (ESP/Honda) 1min 38.428sec, 2. Joan Mir (ESP/Honda) at 0.445, 3. Gabriel Rodrigo (ARG/KTM) 0.548, 4. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN/Honda) 0.880, 5. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Honda) 0.891, 6. Aron Canet (ESP/Honda) 0.971, 7. Ayumu Sasaki (JPN/Honda) 1.064, 8. Marcos Ramirez (ESP/KTM) 1.064, 9. Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA/Honda) 1.093, 10. Bo Bendsneyder (NED/KTM) 1.108

Read more on:    marc marquez  |  motogp
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.