Rain stayed away at MotorLand Aragón and every session on Saturday was held in sunny conditions. Marc Márquez and Pol Espargaró were among the fastest riders on track, qualifying on the second and third rows of the grid.
Despite the close times in Free Practice in the morning, the two Repsol Honda Team riders managed to go directly into Q2, with Espargaró occupying seventh position and Márquez eighth.
Márquez also led FP4, showing a strong pace for tomorrow's race. In Q2 he set a best time of 1:46.736, just 4 tenths off pole position, and claimed fourth place.
Pol Espargaró was inside the Top 10 during every session, and finished Q2 in eighth thanks to a 1:47.194. He was 8 tenths behind poleman Francesco Bagnaia.
The MotoGP Aragon GP will take place tomorrow at 2pm local time.
"Today we finished fourth, this was our main target so that’s good. In Free Practice 4 I felt really good on used tyres so that’s a positive and I was able to ride in a good way. Tomorrow let’s see what my condition is and then see if we can fight in the front group for the whole race. Our pace is there and we’re able to make the lap time but 23 laps around Aragon will be long. Let’s see what happens and we will try to take the most from whatever our situation is.”
"I wanted a bit more today and I think we had potential to be on the second row. I made two big, big mistakes during our time attack – at the last corner I went super wide and when it’s this tight you can’t make mistakes. In Silverstone my lap was perfect, here I made mistakes and I paid for them. The good point is that even with mistakes we are in eighth, we left time on track and that is disappointing but in the past this situation would have ended with a crash or in 12th and we are able to take eighth place now. It’s not where I want to be, but it puts us in a place to where we can show our potential better in the race.”