MotoGP »

San Marino MotoGP: Marvellous Marquez blazes trail to pole

'I'm very happy with this pole position, as we had a really good hot lap' - Marc Marquez
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez shattered Casey Stoner's record at Misano to secure the sixth pole start of his rookie season in MotoGP.

Marquez, who leads the world championship by 30 points from team-mate Dani Pedrosa, set a dazzling time of 1m 32.915 seconds to become the first rider to dip under the 1m 33s bracket at the San Marino MotoGP.

He left his title rivals trailing in his wake, taking the top spot by over half-a-second from Jorge Lorenzo as he comfortably toppled Casey Stoner's previous best lap at Misano of 1m 33.138s, set in 2011.

Marquez suffered a minor spill in FP4, but he showed no adverse effects, switching to his second RC213V before blazing a trail en-route to pole.

“I'm very happy with this pole position, as we had a really good hot lap,” he said.

“It's a shame about the small crash that we had in practice this morning, which was completely my fault. I did a stupid mistake!

“When I released the front brake at the very last part, then I moved my finger to open the gas and I touched the front lever a little and lost the front. But the important thing is that I know where I made the mistake.

“In qualifying I felt very comfortable every time on fast laps and was able to put in some quick times. Maybe for one lap the pole distance is a lot, but I do not think it is a real gap for the race.

“Jorge has a very good pace, Valentino [Rossi] will also be tough to beat, because it is his home race and he has been very strong in practice; I'm sure that he will be fast tomorrow, as will Dani [Pedrosa] who had some problems in qualifying.

“The aim is to get a good start, try to ride in the lead group at the front and pick up more world championship points.

“I have a good pace, but I don't think I can go alone at the front. I will see after warm-up and especially how I feel in the race. Then I will make my plan.”

Marquez suffered a dislocated shoulder in warm-up last time at Silverstone, but still nearly beat Lorenzo for victory. Lorenzo has won at Misano for the past two seasons.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Marquez, Nakamoto, San Marino MotoGP 2013
Marquez, San Marino MotoGP 2013
Marc Marquez opens new fan club headquarters
Marc Marquez celebrates Superprestigio Dirt Track victory
Marquez, Mees and Noyes on 2014 Superprestigio podium
Jorge Lorenzo to race in Gulf 12 Hours (pic:
Repsol chairman Antonio Brufau with Marc and Alex Marquez (pic: Repsol)
Valentino Rossi at 2014 Monza Rally (Pic: Cristiano Bami)
Jorge Martinez `Aspar` presents Marc Marquez with 2014 MotoGP world champion certificate at FIM Awards (Pic: Aspar)
Alex Marquez testing for 2015 (pic: Marc VDS)
Lorenzo Baldassarri tries Forward Kalex (pic: Forward)
Marc and Alex Marquez celebrate titles in home town (pic: Repsol)
Alex Marquez - Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Kalex
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Marquez, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Marquez, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


September 14, 2013 9:20 PM

What a stunning lap, not really much to say besides his body language on the bike is another step in front of the field. Either Lorenzo or Ross needs to pull a Silverstone2013/Laguna2008 to make the race interesting or the kid's gonna blow'em outta water. ... For F's sake seriously Marquez is unbelievably fast...

© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.