Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) will start his home race from pole position after setting an electrifying pace at Catalunya, outside the city of Barcelona.

The two-time MotoGP Word Champion was in stunning form as he sped to a fastest lap time almost half a second quicker than closest competitor Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).

Fellow Catalan rider Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) made it two RC213Vs on the front row with the third fastest time, his best qualifying performance of 2016.

However, today was a sombre day for the entire MotoGP community, following the tragic events of yesterday when Moto2 rider Luis Salom lost his life after a fall during afternoon practice. Honda extends its deepest condolences to Luis’ family, friends and team. This weekend’s meeting continues following consultation with his family, other riders and MotoGP’s Safety Commission.

In response to Salom’s accident at turn 12, the Safety Commission decided to switch to the circuit layout used by Formula 1 cars. This layout includes a chicane following turn 12, which slows speeds into the corner, and a tighter version of turn ten. Riders had today in which to perfect machine set-up for a considerably different second half of the lap.

Marquez and his crew worked brilliantly to optimise bike agility through the rapid change of direction in the corners immediately following turn 12. The 23-year-old, who trails championship leader Lorenzo by ten points, scored his 61st career pole in brilliant style despite an earlier tumble.

Team-mate Pedrosa’s best time was 0.718 seconds off pole and good enough for his first front row start of the year. The former 125cc and 250cc World Champion has spent the weekend using a new chassis and building on the promise of Mugello, where he finished a strong fourth. Tomorrow he will aim for his first victory at Catalunya since 2008.
Showing good pace throughout the weekend, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda RC213V) built on his third best lap time in FP4 to qualify seventh. The Briton found the fast change of direction in the final sector difficult to adapt to but used his late-braking prowess to make up considerable time in the circuit’s other heavy braking areas.

Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) ended today 19th fastest as he struggled to find a good feeling with the front tyre. The Australian fell twice yesterday but has improved his race pace and is hoping to match his 2015 Catalan outing when he finished 12th, his best rookie MotoGP result.

Team-mate Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) found the new track layout difficult for his recent injury. The 2014 Moto2 World Champion fractured his left collarbone two weeks ago at the Italian Grand Prix. He bravely made the decision to race at his home circuit following successful surgery. The Spaniard ended qualifying in 20th place.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

Pole / 1m 43.589s

“We’ve worked well, and this morning we had a good feeling, but that fact was covered up because my crash was on the bike that I liked more. I felt very comfortable in FP4, with a good pace when using race tyres. We did a very good job and everything together meant that things worked out well. I’m very happy with the pole position, but we’re already thinking about the race. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I want to dedicate this pole to my grandmother who passed away two weeks ago and to Luis Salom.”

Repsol Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa 26

3rd / 1m 44.307s

“I’m very happy with a place on the front row; it’s important for me because I had been trying for it all season. Tomorrow we’ll use the new chassis that we’ve been trying here over these two days, and we’ll have to figure out which are the best tyres to have a good race. Today I tried to do my best on the bike to improve in all aspects and in every section, but obviously the last sector is new and it tests the ability of each rider to learn a track quickly. In any case, it certainly is a difficult part. In qualifying I made a few mistakes here and there, although fortunately I was able to get a spot on the front row. Anyway I don’t want to forget what happened yesterday, I knew Luis and his family well, as I started racing with him a long time ago with minibikes in Mallorca. He was a strong and positive guy – I will never forget him”.

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow 35

7th / 1m 44.366s

“First of all, after an upsetting day yesterday, I think all of us feel that riding was the best decision to take. The riders in the Safety Commission had to do the best job we could to take the safest option. The new layout isn’t ideal for a MotoGP bike. But I’m happy with the way the bike is performing and we’ve done a good job this weekend. I had a small problem in FP4 with vibration that carried through to qualifying, which we think came from the tyres. I qualified seventh and half a tenth off the front row so I’m happy.”

LCR Honda
Jack Miller

Jack Miller 43

19th / 1m 445.942s

“I’m not too thrilled with my starting position and for the moment I seem to have found my limit to be really confident to push for a faster time at this circuit. I did my best lap riding alone and although I lost a little time when I missed a gear in the third sector this did not make a big difference. Now we just need to look at what we can do for the race and try and grab some points."

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Tito Rabat

Tito Rabat 53

20th / 1m 46.205s

“The changes in the track layout did not help me because it requires more physical effort, especially in the chicane complex before the final corner. But with the condition of my collarbone injury I am just happy to be on the grid for my home race in front of my family, friends and fans. It will not be easy but I will do my best to get a good result.”

EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

MotoGP 2016, Round 7

Saturday 4 Jun 2016, 14:22 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'43.589
2 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'44.056
3 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'44.307
4 Hector Barbera 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1'44.322
5 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1'44.324
6 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'44.329
7 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1'44.366
8 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1'44.458
9 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +1'44.911
10 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1'45.029
11 Scott Redding 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +1'45.030
12 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'45.218
13 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1'44.914
14 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1'45.197
15 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +1'45.538
16 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati +1'45.690
17 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati +1'45.885
18 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia +1'45.892
19 Jack Miller 43 AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'45.942
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'46.205
21 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia +1'46.463
Rider Standings
Sunday, 22 May 2016 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 115 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
2 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 105 Repsol Honda Team Honda
3 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 78 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 Dani PEDROSA 26 SPA 66 Repsol Honda Team Honda
5 Maverick VIñALES 25 SPA 59 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
7 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 48 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
8 Hector BARBERA 8 SPA 43 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
9 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 41 Ducati Team Ducati
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 36 Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati
11 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 34 Ducati Team Ducati
12 Bradley SMITH 38 GBR 29 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
13 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 25 Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia
14 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 21 Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia
15 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 18 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
16 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 17 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
17 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 16 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati
18 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 11 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
19 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 10 LCR Honda Honda
20 Loris BAZ 76 FRA 8 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
21 Yonny HERNANDEZ 68 COL 3 Aspar MotoGP Team Ducati
22 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 2 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda