Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has scored the 61st pole of his career for tomorrow’s Catalan GP, with teammate Dani Pedrosa on the front row for the first time of the season.

Marc and Dani started the day well – despite a small crash for the former at turn 2 on his favourite bike – posting the second and third fastest times in an FP3 session that was extended to 60 minutes to allow the riders to learn the revised circuit layout, introduced after Luis Salom’s tragic incident yesterday.

After working hard on the setup in yesterday’s free practices Marc and his crew decided to introduce some important modifications to the bike settings for today, which allowed him to improve significantly his feeling on the bike. Marc continued his progress into FP4 and qualifying, recording the fastest time in both sessions.

Dani, who has worked with one of his bike on a new chassis over the last two days and decided to use it on tomorrow’s race, snatched the third spot on the front row after devoting FP4 to finalizing the setup of his RC213V.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

Pole / 1'43.589

“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 / 1'44.307

“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 long time ago with the minibikes at Mallorca. He was a strong and positive guy I will never forget him”.

Repsol Honda Team
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 Gresini 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 Gresini 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 Gresini Aprilia
14 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 21 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 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