Márquez breaks pole record with stunning late effort

Márquez breaks pole record with stunning late effort

3 May 2014 – World Champion Marc Márquez claimed his fourth successive pole position after a stunning late effort which broke the pole position record at Jerez in Spain.

Márquez, winner of the opening three races of 2014, had not been comfortable throughout practice and qualifying compared to his previous form and played second fiddle to Jorge Lorenzo for much of the session.

Few riders made gains during their second or third runs due to the heat in Spain, but Márquez swapped bikes for his final run and pumped in a lap 0.421s faster than compatriot Lorenzo to secure top spot on the grid.

Márquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who has never finished off the podium in any category at Jerez, was third.

Valentino Rossi was fourth for Yamaha, ahead of Aleix Espargaró, who exited qualifying prematurely after a low side at the first corner. He walked away from his accident uninjured.

Andrea Dovizioso will round out the second row of the grid, while Stefan Bradl will lead the third row of the grid, ahead of Tech 3 duo Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith.

Álvaro Bautista was 10th quickest, ahead of surprise Q2 runner Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden.

Hiroshi Aoyama narrowly failed to make it through to Q2 and he will start from 13th on the grid, ahead of Ducati's Cal Crutchlow, who makes his return from injury after missing last weekend's round in Argentina.

Andrea Iannone failed to progress to Q2 for the first time in 2014 and will line-up in 15th position, ahead of Karel Abraham and Ducati wildcard rider Michele Pirro.

Scott Redding was 17th but crashed out at the final corner early on in the session. He'll line up ahead of Yonny Hernández and Danilo Petrucci. Michael Laverty, Mike Di Meglio, Broc Parkes and Héctor Barberá will round out the grid.

The fourth race of the MotoGP season starts on Sunday at Jerez at 14:00 local time (GMT +2)

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