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Ryder Notes: Who Will Ruin the Party?
by julian ryder, on the ground in spain
Saturday, June 14, 2014

"It's impossible to be fastest all the time:" Marc Marquez.

It had to happen; Marc Marquez's run of pole positions has come to an end. He crashed on his last flying lap trying to get back ahead of his team mate Dani Pedrosa who took his first pole of the season with Jorge Lorenzo second. Marc ended up third. He knew he'd got into turn one's braking zone to hot but "I say OK, it's the last lap..."

He didn't appear bothered in any way by the crash. "It was my fault, the team did a perfect strategy," in fact he was much more interested in his little brother Alex's first pole in the Moto3 class, "I think I'm happier than sometimes when I'm on pole, I'm very proud of him.' This was delivered with the usual boyish charm and contrasted rather charmingly with the younger sibling's much gruffer persona.

It all felt like a family affair. Dani Pedrosa is from a town just a mile or two back down the motorway to Barcelona and happily pointed at his fan club's stickers on his crash helmet. That's about as demonstrative as Dani gets, you get the impression he'd be seriously offended if anyone he should do something as outlandish as employing a different paint job for his home race. There was, however, no disguising his pleasure at being fastest at home.

The fastest Open class man was Aleix Espargaro, who could run back from the track to his parents' house in ten minutes and Moto2 pole man Tito Rabat was presented with the commemorative watch by his brother Jordi who runs the family jewellery business in Barcelona.

Will anyone ruin the Catalans'party tomorrow?

Probably the weather.

ENDS

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