Marquez back on pole

Marquez back on pole

On a drying track, Marc Marquez took the 65th pole position of his career, the first in the colors of Ducati Gresini, during the Spanish Grand Prix. The French Johann Zarco and Fabio Quartararo will start 13th and 23rd.

Marc Marquez definitely seems to have adapted to his Ducati Gresini, after ten years at Honda! The Spanish driver actually took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix this Saturday in Jerez! Author of a mixed start to the season (4th in Qatar, 16th in Portugal, retirement in Austin), the six-time MotoGP world champion will start for the 65th time on pole in a Grand Prix, for the first time in more than a year. year. On a drying track, the 31-year-old Spaniard managed a lap in 1’50″662 and was ahead of Marco Bezzecchi (VR46) by 271 thousandths and the championship leader, Jorge Martin (Pramac) by 608 thousandths. Unable to win any Grand Prix since October 2021 in Emilia-Romagna, Marc Marquez seems full of confidence and ready to return to success. The sprint race, Saturday afternoon (3 p.m.), will already allow us to find out more.

The Aprilias fail

The double world champion Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), currently fourth in the championship, 30 points behind Martin, struggled during this qualifying session, having to settle for seventh place, more than a second behind Marquez. The excellent rookie Pedro Acosta (Tech3), currently fourth in the world, who was setting the best time in this qualification, ended up losing the front and falling. This is the first fall for the almost 20-year-old driver since his arrival in the elite at the start of the season. Also note the failed session of the Aprilia drivers. Maverick Vinales, winner in Austin, had to settle for 11th place, just ahead of his teammate Aleix Espargaro.

Quartararo antépénultième

And the French in all this? They didn’t even make Q2. Due to disappointing free practice, Johann Zarco and Fabio Quartararo had to go through Q1, which took place in the rain, but they did not make the cut. For Johann Zarco, who has only won five points this season with his new LCR Honda team, it came down to 153 thousandths. He actually finished third, not far from Brad Binder (KTM), who then finished fourth in Q1. He will start thirteenth, as in Qatar (where he finished twelfth). As for Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), he was never in the mix, and the current 12th in the world will start from 23rd position, his worst place of the season. Finishing in the points would be a small miracle.

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