Moto2: Marquez breaks records with first pole position

Published: 06 May 2017

2014 Moto3 World Champion Alex Marquez will start his home Grand Prix at Jerez from his first ever pole position, leading teammate and championship leader by Franco Morbidelli by 0.046 to make it a clean sweep as fastest in every session so far and pole record breaker.  

There was also some last minute drama as the rider from Cervera suffered some contact ahead of his final lap in the session, with Tech 3 Racing’s Remy Gardner clipping the Spaniard’s rear wheel and giving him a flat tyre.

“I am really happy to take my first pole position in Moto2 and to do it in front of my home crowd with a record lap makes it feel that little bit extra special. But we must keep our feet firmly on the ground because the race is tomorrow and that is the most important part. I was always confident I could get pole after being so strong in practice and I was happy to go out and deliver when it counted. I’ve been fast in all conditions this weekend and I am now really looking forward to the race. It will be tough to manage the bike and the tyres in the heat but I feel prepared and ready to fight at the front.”

Dominique Aegerter took a stunning front row for Suter in third, getting back at the front in Moto2 after solid pace all weekend and a top five in the race last time out.

Red Bull KTM rider Miguel Oliveira was impressive once again to head up the second row, with veteran Mattia Pasini in fifth and compatriot Francesco Bagnaia taking sixth as top rookie.

Xavi Vierge continues his stunning form on the Tech 3 Racing machine in seventh, ahead of championship contender Takaaki Nakagami. Marcel Schrötter took ninth despite a crash, with Axel Pons another crasher to complete the top ten.

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