Seventh pole position of the season for Marc Márquez

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Repsol Honda rider prevails in Australian GP qualifying with a brilliant final lap. Dani Pedrosa finishes twelfth.

Seventh pole position of the season for Marc Márquez

I’ll try and give my 100% and push from beginning to end.


Marc Márquez

Marc Márquez took his 44th pole from a total of 88 MotoGP appearances, representing an astonishing 50% success rate.

Márquez has 72 poles in Grand Prix racing: 14 in 125cc, 14 in Moto2 and 44 in MotoGP.

Dani Pedrosa finished in twelfth position at Phillip Island with a time of 1:29.546.

Marc Márquez

I’m happy because I felt good in every session and in every condition. We found good speed for the single lap, but we were also able to keep a good rhythm in the practices, which is what really counts for the race. I think that the work we did in the FP4 session was important. I was also very comfortable in qualifying, but I encountered some traffic at some points. I understand that the slipstream is important here, and it’s okay if some other guys follow during the practices, but in qualifying I obviously preferred to ride alone. I just waited a bit before exiting for my second flying lap and then I had the chance to do a really good lap. I’m happy with this pole but the race is tomorrow. It’s true that Dovi is a bit behind on the grid here, but also at Motegi he was only ninth! We just have to wait and see how the weather is tomorrow, as it seems it will be unstable like today. Then I’ll try and give my 100% and push from beginning to end.

Dani Pedrosa

Today qualifying was quite difficult. FP3 in the wet wasn’t so bad, but I wasn’t as fast as I expected in dry FP4 and qualifying. I couldn’t ride as fast as I wanted on my first flying lap, and I didn’t improve on my second try either. I didn’t have enough confidence in mid-corner to push hard. Obviously our grid position isn’t good but we now have to focus on tomorrow’s race. We must try to get away well and see if we can keep the pace of the group. We’ll see how the weather is and we’ll do our best.

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