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2014 Qatar GP: MotoGP Qualifying Results - Pole for Marquez
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 22, 2014 - 07:12 PM
2014 Qatar GP: MotoGP Qualifying Results - Pole for Marquez

Despite only returning to riding his Repsol Honda machine on Thursday after breaking his leg in preseason training, Marquez showed his rivals he means business again in 2014 with a great charge to pole with a 1’54.507 lap.

GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Bautista had provisional pole but eventually qualified second by a +0.057s margin, whilst Smith was also close to the top spot missing out by less than a tenth.

That result is Smith’s first ever premier class front row qualifying effort and was a great response to his FP3 horror crash.

Another solid effort for Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) sees him head the second row, with Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) managing to pull something out of the bag in fifth and sixth respectively having struggled for much of the weekend so far.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) leads the third row with a time just 0.364s off the pace, with Q1 participant Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) improving to eighth.

A disastrous session for Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) saw him qualify ninth, having walked away from two crashes, appearing to crack under the pressure of Q2. He had led the way earlier in the weekend and was furious with himself after both falls.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) starts in the unfamiliar territory of row four, ahead of Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3).

Moto2™: Rabat secures pole start in the desert

Rabat took pole with a best time of 2’00.081 to beat the existing pole record, with Cortese just behind him by 0.02s in second.

Cortese later crashed in an incident also involving Jordi Torres (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2) and Mika Kallio Marc (VDS Racing Team) causing a red flag, but each escaped relatively unscathed.

Nakagami (+0.37s) rounded out the front row, with Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2), the impressive rookie Sam Lowes (Speed Up) and Kallio on row two.

Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), Alex De Angelis (Tasca Racing Moto2) and Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing) qualified on the third row, just ahead of late crasher Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing), who was also ok.

Moto3™: Rins best in first qualifying session of 2014

The rider who missed out on the title in the last race of 2013, Rins showed his intentions for this season by posting the fastest ever Moto3 lap of Losail, taking the top spot with a 2’05.973s time at the end of the session.

Battling against the elements in windy conditions Marquez had provisional pole but eventually lost out by 0.152s. Meanwhile, Miller was 0.4s off the pace but looked threatening as he aims to challenge the dominant Spaniards this year.

The second row comprises Calvo Team colleagues Jakub Kornfeil and Isaac Viñales, alongside Englishman Danny Kent in the new Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo structure. That trio all qualified within a second of Rins.

Row three will feature the improving Scotsman John McPhee (SAXOPRINT RTG) and Italians Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) and Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN), with Fenati’s teammate Francesco Bagnaia tenth.

There were crashes for Gabriel Ramos (Kiefer Racing), Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) and Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Ongetta-AirAsia) without consequence - with Masbou qualifying 14th and the other pair much further down the grid.

Arthur Sissis (Mahindra Racing) recovered from a Friday fever to qualify 29th.

The Moto3 race at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar starts at 19:00 local time, with Moto2 following at 20:20 and the MotoGP contest getting underway at 22:00 (GMT +3).


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2014 Qatar GP: MotoGP Qualifying Results
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Kmh Time Gap 1stPrev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 338.6 1:54.507
2 19 Alvaro Bautista SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 340.1 1:54.564 0.057 0.057
3 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 336.5 1:54.601 0.094 0.037
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team Ducati 340.9 1:54.644 0.137 0.043
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 332.9 1:54.661 0.154 0.017
6 26 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 339.9 1:54.703 0.196 0.042
7 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 338.5 1:54.871 0.364 0.168
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 337.9 1:54.888 0.381 0.017
9 41 Aleix Espargaro SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 326.2 1:54.986 0.479 0.098
10 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 336.7 1:55.096 0.589 0.110
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 341.8 1:55.127 0.620 0.031
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 336.2 1:55.152 0.645 0.025

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