Saturday, October 18, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez Takes 12th Pole of Season, Pedrosa 5th in MotoGP Qualifying at Phillip Island

Press Release

Australian Grand Prix

Round 16 - Saturday, October 18th 2014

  Australia - Qualifying Report

Weather conditions
overcast 20°C
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World Champion Marquez takes pole number twelve in Australia with Pedrosa 5th

World Champion Marquez takes pole number twelve in Australia with Pedrosa 5th

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has today achieved his twelfth pole position of 2014, equalling the pole record in a single season held by fellow Repsol Honda riders Mick Doohan (1997) and Casey Stoner (2011). Teammate Dani Pedrosa will start from the second row in 5th position, but just 0.033 seconds off second place.
With track temperatures 10ºC lower than yesterday it was another difficult day for the riders, looking to find the optimum setup for this tricky circuit. Dani’s best time over the first three sessions (1’29.976) was not fast enough to promote him to Q2, finishing 0.031 seconds off tenth place. However, his time in Q1 of 1’29.097 was the fastest time set so far this weekend and immediately promoted him into Q1. After setting his fast lap, a brief rain shower arrived to disrupt proceedings but fortunately dried up before Q2 began.
With eleven riders within 0.747 seconds of each other, Marc was able to snatch pole position with his time of 1’28.408. Dani improved again from Q1 and his time of 1’28.675 places him in fifth on the grid.
Tomorrow’s 27 lap race will begin at 16h00 local time.
Team Quotes
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
1st - 1'28.408
"Today I felt pretty good and that's important, because we found it hard yesterday and I was a bit too far off the pace. We improved a lot today and were riding more comfortably. We expect a hard-fought race tomorrow, but I just have to enjoy it. Above all, it will be difficult to stop both Jorge and Valentino, who seem to have the fastest race pace. My focus on track and ambition are the same as ever and we will try to be at the front, but also over the weekend we have been trying different things out with next season in mind.”
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
5th - 1'28.675
"It was a difficult day because I did not qualify directly for Q2. I had many problems in the morning session, which also came up in the afternoon practice. However, in qualifying I took a big step forward. Unfortunately, as I had to go through Q1 I lost a tyre and in Q2 I could only use one. Nevertheless, my lap time was pretty good and, although I was bested by a few thousandths of a second, I could have placed very high up on the grid. Tomorrow we will try to fight our hardest in the race and get a good start, then concentrate on making each lap perfect.”

qualifying results

  Australian Grand Prix - Round 16
1Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'28.408
2Cal Crutchlow35GBRDucati TeamDUCATI1'28.642
3Jorge Lorenzo99ESPMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA1'28.650
4Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'28.656
5Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'28.675
6Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'28.866
7Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI1'28.887
8Valentino Rossi46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA1'28.956
9Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'28.968
10Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'29.088
11Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA1'29.155
12Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA1'29.955
13Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'30.280
14Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'30.348
15Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDA1'30.542
16Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA1'30.569
17Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'30.635
18Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI1'30.729
19Danilo Petrucci9ITAIodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER1'30.812
20Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'31.431
21Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBM1'31.492
22Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM1'31.730
23Alex De Angelis15RSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'32.595

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Circuit Information

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Length4.448 m / 2.764 miles
Left corners7
Right corners5
Longest straight900 m / 0.559 miles
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Victoris 3922
Pole Position1m 27.899s (182.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)
Race Lap1m 28.108s (181.7 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race time29m 07.155s (179.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)
2012 Race WinnerCasey Stoner (Honda)
2013 Race WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
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3-15-1, Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama-Pref., 351-0024 Japan

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