Márquez to start from third place and Pedrosa from the second row at Aragon

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The Repsol Honda team riders finished a tight qualifying session with Marquez third, less than a tenth off pole, and Pedrosa sixth -3 tenths down.

Marc márquez sobre su RC213V levantando el brazo
Márquez to start from third place and Pedrosa from the second row at Aragon

Marc Márquez was fifth in FP3 and seventh in FP4, in which he had a crash at Turn 7.

The current MotoGP World Championship led the first half of the qualifying session, but could not improve with his second tyre and finished 79 thousandths off the best time.

Dani Pedrosa, sixth in FP3 and eighth in FP4, earned sixth position in the qualifying session, just 3 tenths off pole position.

Marc Márquez

Today I was able to fight for the pole, and actually the lap times are very close. Here, the slipstream counts a lot and at a certain point everyone was waiting for one; given that I was on top after the first run, I also waited before pushing for the final try. On my last lap I was coming very fast behind Dovi, but I made a couple of mistakes, one in particular in turn 12. I missed the line a little bit and lost my chances there. Anyway, a front-row start was our goal and we were able to achieve that. It seems it’s again me and the Ducatis, like it has been at the recent races, so tomorrow we’ll see how it goes. In FP4 I had a crash because I braked a bit too late, but until then our pace was competitive on a used tyre, which is good. That was also a good warning because I found the limit in that corner. It will be a long race, but we’re there; I also felt at ease on my bike in the other sessions, so tomorrow, if possible, we’ll fight until the end.

Dani Pedrosa

Lap times were very tight at the front, and the smallest mistake could have you losing two or three positions. Here in Aragon it’s important to be at least on the second row because the first corner is very close to the start and makes things a little tricky. We’ll need to start well and find a good line between the first two corners. We don’t know yet how the pace will be tomorrow, but overall our race rhythm has been better than usual so we’ll try to adjust some more little things and then see how it goes.

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