Marquez makes history in Thailand as the first rider to take pole from Q1; Pedrosa in close seventh

Repsol Honda Team rider Marc Marquez at Thai GP1
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Never one to take the easy route, Marc Marquez today scored the first MotoGP pole ever at the Buriram Circuit, at the same time becoming the first rider to earn pole position from Q1! His umpteenth historic result is also his 50thpole in the Premier class, the 78th in his career.

Marc had to go trough Q1 after suffering a crash at Turn 4 during his final flying lap of FP3, in which he finished just outside the top 10, in P11. Dani Pedrosa was sixth in FP3, and although he was able to improve in qualifying, he was just 0.039” away from the second row and 0.370” from pole.

Tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Thailand will get underway at 2 p.m. local time, 9 a.m. Central Europe Time.

Marc Marquez (Pole): “It’s fantastic to be on pole, and it seems it’s a record to have done so going trough Q1 but I honestly would have preferred to pass directly to Q2! This morning we were very unlucky because when we fitted the new rear tyre at the end of FP3, we had a little issue and had to quickly swap to the other bike. It wasn’t the same, and I lost the front while I was improving my lap time. Anyway, after that we managed everything in a good way, and in QP1 I was able to ride very well. We’re very happy because a front-row start was our target. Now we have a very important race tomorrow, and a very long one. I’m happy with my race pace but we must wait and see what the conditions are like and where we and our opponents are. On paper, at the moment there are a few riders who should be able to be fast. It will be important to manage the tyres and the physical conditions well. Our target will be the podium.”


Dani Pedrosa (7th): “Today in qualifying I lacked a couple of tenths on my flying lap, and that was enough to be just off of the two first rows. Our first tyre wasn’t as good as the second one, and we had to play all our cards in our final run. I managed to improve my performance, and that was actually my best lap of the weekend, but it still wasn’t enough. Anyway, we’re closing the gap to the top, and that’s the positive part. For the race, we’ll see. I think the rear-tyre choice is still open, so we need to analyse everything very well before making our decision for tomorrow.”

Qualifying Classification

Pos. Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ MARC 93 Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’30.088
2 ROSSI VALENTINO 46 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’30.099 / 0.011
3 DOVIZIOSO ANDREA 4 Ducati Team Ducati 1’30.227 / 0.139
4 VINALES MAVERICK 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’30.328 / 0.240
5 CRUTCHLOW CAL 35 LCR Honda Honda 1’30.356 / 0.268
6 IANNONE ANDREA 29 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1’30.419 / 0.331
7 PEDROSA DANI 26 Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’30.458 / 0.370
8 ZARCO JOHANN 5 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’30.471 / 0.383
9 PETRUCCI DANILO 9 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1’30.599 / 0.511
10 MILLER JACK 43 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1’30.660 / 0.572
11 RINS ALEX 42 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1’30.738 / 0.650
12 BAUTISTA ALVARO 19 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1’30.976 / 0.888
13 MORBIDELLI FRANCO 21 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1’30.923 Q1
14 NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI 30 LCR Honda Honda 1’30.995 / 0.964
15 SMITH BRADLEY 38 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1’31.207 / 1.176
16 ESPARGARO ALEIX 41 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1’31.243 / 1.212
17 ABRAHAM KAREL 17 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1’31.374 / 1.343
18 SYAHRIN HAFIZH 55 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’31.389 / 1.358
19 ESPARGARO POL 44 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1’31.399 / 1.368
20 SIMEON XAVIER 10 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1’31.686 / 1.655
21 TORRES JORDI 81 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1’31.819 / 1.788
22 LUTHI TOM 12 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1’31.830 / 1.799
23 REDDING SCOTT 45 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1’31.835 / 1.804


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