After the disappointment of the previous round, World Champion Marc Marquez fought back in typical style to decimate his own lap record to take pole position for round 14 of the MotoGP™ World Championship at Motorland Aragon in Spain this afternoon. The Honda rider was pushed all the way in the 15 minute qualifying session round the superb 5.078 kms Aragon circuit by his team-mate Dani Pedrosa but led the way by 0.362 s on his second run.
The championship leader received his 11th pole setting Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar watch of the season from Pere Tomas, from the CAI Zaragoza Basketball team and is joined on the front row of the grid for the 23 lap race by Pedrosa and the Ducati of Italian Andrea Iannone. It was a tough session for the Tissot Ambassadors. Stefan Bradl starts from the third row after qualifying eighth, Bradley Smith crashed at the end of the session but still qualified 11th, while Nicky Hayden made a welcome return to the track. The former world champion has missed the last four grands prix recovering from a wrist operation and qualified 18th on his return.
Moto3™ World Champion Maverick Vinales grabbed his first ever Moto2™ pole after fighting off the challenge of Johann Zarco and Mika Kallio. He received his pole setting Tissot T- Race watch as he chases his second victory of the season. Championship leader Tito Rabat crashed but still qualified on the second row in fifth place. He’s joined on the second row by Tissot Ambassador Tom Luthi who qualified in sixth.
Local teenager Alex Rins is the Moto3 rider in form as he took his fourth pole position of the season. The Honda rider has won the last two grands prix and won the Aragon race last year. He received his Tissot pole setting T-Touch Aluminum watch as he strives to close down the 20 point advantage of championship leader Jack Miller who qualified fourth with second placed in the championship Alex Marquez fifth. Alongside Rins on the front row are Danny Kent and Juanfran Guevara.
The worry tomorrow is the weather forecast of rain after two days of perfect conditions for both practice and qualifying.
The pole setter joins Moto2 next season with the Pons team