Honda's Marquez On Pole At Qatar. Bautista, Smith on Front Row
Brief notes below
by staff
Saturday, March 22, 2014

1Marc MarquezRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V 1:54.507
2Alvaro BautistaGo&Fun Honda GresiniHonda RC213V 1:54.564
3Bradley SmithMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha M1 1:54.601
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati TeamDucati GP14 1:54.644
5Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory RacingYamaha M11:54.661
6Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:54.703
7Stefan BradlLCR HondaHonda RC213V 1:54.871
8Cal CrutchlowDucati TeamDucati GP14 1:54.888
9Aleix EspargaroNGM Mobile Forward RacingForward Yamaha 1:54.986
10Valentino RossiYamaha Factory RacingYamaha M1 1:55.096
11Andrea IannonePramac RacingDucati 1:55.127
12Pol EspargaroMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha M1 1:55.152
13Nicky HaydenDrive M7 AsparHonda RCV1000R 1:55.894
14Colin EdwardsNGM Mobile Forward RacingForward Yamaha1:56.042
15Hiroshi AoyamaDrive M7 AsparHonda RCV1000R1:56.479
16Scott ReddingGo&Fun Honda GresiniHonda RCV1000R1:56.555
17Yonny HernandezEnergy Ti Pramac RacingDucati 1:56.648
18Karel AbrahamCardion AB MotoracingHonda RCV1000R 1:56.715
19Hector BarberaAvintia RacingAvintia1:57.006
20Danilo PetrucciCame Iodaracing ProjectART1:57.513

Aleix Espargaro crashed twice in the final qualifying session, certainly runing his chances at setting pole or simply a front row start. Espargaro's second crash happened when he had set fast time in all previous sectors on that lap.

Marquez "found the way" to snatch pole just six weeks after breaking his leg, but qualified the impressive fast time by saying he didn't think his leg was strong enough to do "many laps". This statement was almost universally dismissed.

Smith said his Yamaha just felt good" for some reason today and he was happy to grab his first ever front row start in MotoGP.

Alvaro Bautista's eyes shone afterwards like he'd just gotten married. Some predict a two bike race for the win between Marquez and Bautista.

Valentino Rossi looked at the timing screen after the session ended and just shook his head.

In Moto2 American Josh Herrin qualified 27th in his first ever Moto2 race.


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