Marc Marquez looked on course for a fifth successive Aragon MotoGP pole as he led the qualifying timesheets with just minutes to go.

But the reigning world champion then fell after asking too much of his Repsol Honda under braking at Turn 12.

The Spaniard had been pushing to improve his lap time, but did he really need to?

Unfortunately for Marquez the answer was yes; the absent #93 was swiftly bumped down the order to fifth on the grid.

"Of course I'm not happy because it was my mistake," Marquez said. "I tried to be faster than what I feel. Just pushing to what I feel would be enough to be battling for pole, but I pushed too much. On that braking point, I was a little bit wide, and I tried to go into the corner anyway.

"It was my mistake, but for tomorrow, we know that we need to be careful in that corner."

Prior to qualifying, Marquez had been fastest in FP3 - the first dry session of the weekend - and then third in FP4.

"Honestly, it's really difficult to understand how the race pace is and which is the best tyre. We were a little bit unlucky that from FP3 that yes, I was fast, but I didn't have the feeling with the bike, the set-up wasn't working like we expected. So then we made a few big changes for the afternoon. It was easier to keep the pace. But anyway, we will see tomorrow, because the tyres will be a big question mark.Especially for the rear tyre, the front tyre is pretty clear.

"Another thing is that between a new tyre and a used tyre, the bike changes a lot. The tyres are dropping quite a lot, and so it's more difficult to understand.

"I think tomorrow in the warm-up, everybody will improve, everybody will try a few set-ups. But at the moment, the favorite is Maverick, because he's on pole and he's fast. But anyway this morning I was fast, but I didn't feel good with the bike. This afternoon I felt much better."

Marquez will start two places ahead of Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, who is currently tied on points with Marquez at the top of the standings.

Maverick Vinales, 16 points behind the title leaders, will start from pole position.

Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa will start from sixth place.

"I was able to lap fast in FP3 and FP4, while in qualifying unfortunately I wasn’t able to do two very good laps," he said. "Anyway, we have to look to tomorrow now, to finalise the setup in the warm-up, and to correctly choose the tyres. Marc and Maverick look very strong, so we must keep focused and try to make no mistakes.”


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