samedi 4 juin 2016

Márquez conquiert enfin la pole MotoGP™ à Montmeló / Marquez leads front row of local heroes


Marc Márquez sera en pole position chez lui en Catalogne pour la première fois de sa carrière après avoir survolé les qualifications.


Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) a été intouchable en qualifications samedi après-midi sur le Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, qui était avec Assen et le Motegi l’un des trois circuits où il n’avait jamais été en pole position en MotoGP™. Sur un tracé modifié suite à l’accident dans lequel Luis Salom avait perdu la vie vendredi, le double Champion du Monde MotoGP™ a écrasé la concurrence dès sa première sortie et a plus tard confirmé sa supériorité avec un chrono de 1’43.589 et près d’une demi-seconde d’avance sur Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Il s'agit de sa troisième pole position depuis le début de la saison 2016.
Seuls trois circuits du calendrier n'ont jamais eu Márquez en pole en MotoGP™ : Assen, le Motegi et naturellement le Red Bull Ring, nouveauté de la saison 2016
Troisième à deux dixièmes et demi de Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) complètera la première ligne, qu’il atteignait pour la première fois de l’année. 

Héctor Barberá (Avintia Racing) a créé la surprise en décrochant la quatrième position, sa première qualification sur l’une des deux premières lignes depuis qu’il avait pris la troisième position sur la grille du GP d’Italie en 2012.
Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) et Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) l’accompagneront en deuxième ligne tandis que Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) et Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) s’élanceront de la troisième.
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Marc Marquez continued to be the man to beat in Catalunya as he sprinted to his third pole of the 2016 season.

The sun continued to beat down as MotoGP™ World Championship bikes roared out of pit lane for Q2. With an air temperature of 25.5°C and a ground temperature of 42.5°C, conditions were ideal for the forthcoming battle for pole position at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) quickly set the best time of the weekend, becoming the first rider to ever set a 1’43 lap around the new layout on a Grand Prix motorcycle.
 Marquez: "We did a big improvement on the setup"
His lap wouldn’t be challenged until the final 30 seconds when the timing screens became a sea of red. Just as the flag came out Marquez recorded a 1’43.589, netting pole position as he ended 0.467s faster than his closest rival. The Repsol Honda man was the only rider under the 1’44 barrier to take his first pole position since Austin earlier in the year. Both of Marquez’s previous 2016 poles have converted into victories. This is also Marquez’s first MotoGP™ pole position at the Barcelona circuit, having never previously started higher than third in the premier class.
 Lorenzo: "Our bike struggles in 1st gear corners"
Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) did well to produce a 1’44.056, unable to challenge Marquez’s time but a quarter of a second faster than third placed Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). The Catalan GP sees Lorenzo out for his third straight victory of the 2016 season, arriving with a comfortable ten-point lead. Lorenzo has won the premier class edition of the Catalan GP on four previous occasions, most recently in 2015. Lorenzo did admit that he and Yamaha are struggling in the final sector, the heavy braking causing issues which need to be solved to stay with Marquez.
 Pedrosa: "I made mistakes in my fast laps"
The Catalan GP is home to all three riders, making for a very special front row. Dani Pedrosa returns to the front row for the first time since the Valencia GP in 2015, having not started higher than fourth so far in 2016. This ends what had been Pedrosa’s longest run without a front row start since his rookie season in 2006. A 1’44.307 saw Pedrosa just able to hold onto the front row 0.015s ahead of fourth place.
Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) was a surprise in fourth after advancing from the Q1 session. Not since the Italian GP in 2012 has Barbera started a MotoGP™ race inside the top six.
0.002s back on Barbera was Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who had been unable to crack the top three since the new layout was introduced. Like Lorenzo he is having some difficulties with the new layout, the Yamaha preferring longer, faster corners as opposed to the more stop-start nature of the new course. Even in fifth, Rossi was only 0.017s off a front row start.
Completing the second row will be Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), unable to deliver on the pole challenging speed he’d shown in Free Practice 3 and Free Practice 4.
Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) formed the remainder of the top ten.
Action commences on Sunday with Warm Up at 09:40 Local Time before the Catalan GP begins at 14:00 Local Time.
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