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Marc Marquez will start tomorrow’s San Marino Grand Prix from pole position after yet another amazing performance.
The young Spaniard recorded the fastest ever lap time around the Misano circuit, going round in 1:32.915. Marquez was half-a-second faster than second place man, Jorge Lorenzo.
Valentino Rossi finally had a good Saturday, qualifying third on the grid at his home grand prix. Hopefully this means that Rossi can have a good start tomorrow and keep in touch with Marquez and Lorenzo.
Dani Pedrosa had a frustrating day, firstly getting stuck behind traffic during his first run and then having trouble in the pits. When Pedrosa finally managed to get back out on track, the Spaniard produced the fourth fastest lap time.
Cal Crutchlow will start in fifth place, which after the weekend he has had so far, was a great result.
The session had started well for Lorenzo, with the reigning world champion posting the fastest lap time of the weekend. As usual though, Marquez came out and beat that time.
The pair both had clear track in front of them, with Lorenzo going out first and Marquez waiting until last to go out.
As everybody prepared to go out for their second runs, Pedrosa was having problems with his bike and the Spaniard was visibly frustrated.
There was also drama for Crutchlow, with part of the Yamaha rider’s exhaust pipe falling off on the home straight.
Lorenzo pushed and pushed to beat Marquez but could not get near to the Honda’s time. As soon as Lorenzo had improved his lap time, Marquez went and smashed the track record.
This kid gets better and better every race weekend, his riding style is great to watch and it is going to be tough for Lorenzo to beat him tomorrow!
For the sake of the sport, I do hope that Marquez doesn’t ride off into the distance tomorrow. Moto GP does not want to have the same problem that F1 currently has: one driver/rider dominating every race.
Personally I am hoping for a similar race to that of the British Grand Prix, a close race between two or three riders that goes all the way to the last corner.
San Marino Qualifying Results: