2013 Aragon MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Hard Battle For Pole Goes Down To The Wire

Summary and results of qualifying at Aragon for the MotoGP class:

Marc Marquez has continued his record-breaking year by taking his seventh pole position of the season. Marquez just edged Jorge Lorenzo in a tight last-lap battle for pole, Marquez' advantage by just one hundredth of a second. Dani Pedrosa took the last spot on the first row of the grid, just holding off Valentino Rossi by five thousandths of a second. Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista round out the second row, making it four Hondas on the front two rows, while Cal Crutchlow sits just ahead of his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Bradley Smith on the third row. Andrea Dovizioso ended the session in 9th, and rounds out the third row.

Smith had progressed from Q1 with relative ease, but the battle for the final slot in Q2 was intense, with Pramac Ducati teammates Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez swapping fast laps. In the end, Iannone came out on top, though the Italian ended up in 12th once he progressed to the second qualifying session.

Results Q2:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'47.804    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'47.814 0.010 0.010
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'47.957 0.153 0.143
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'47.962 0.158 0.005
5 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'48.128 0.324 0.166
6 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'48.302 0.498 0.174
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'48.653 0.849 0.351
8 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'48.854 1.050 0.201
9 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'49.219 1.415 0.365
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia ART 1'49.348 1.544 0.129
11 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'49.428 1.624 0.080
12 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'50.094 2.290 0.666

 

Results Q1:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
* 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'49.724    
* 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'50.394 0.670 0.670
13 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'50.685 0.961 0.291
14 7 Hiroshi Aoyama FTR Kawasaki 1'50.995 1.271 0.310
15 9 Danilo Petrucci Suter BMW 1'51.030 1.306 0.035
16 14 Randy de Puniet Aprilia ART 1'51.297 1.573 0.267
17 5 Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki 1'51.327 1.603 0.030
18 71 Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki 1'51.519 1.795 0.192
19 8 Hector Barbera FTR Kawasaki 1'51.552 1.828 0.033
20 70 Michael Laverty Aprilia ART 1'51.639 1.915 0.087
21 67 Bryan Staring FTR Honda 1'52.102 2.378 0.463
22 23 Luca Scassa Aprilia ART 1'52.305 2.581 0.203
23 52 Lukas Pesek Suter BMW 1'52.989 3.265 0.684
24 50 Damian Cudlin PBM 1'53.521 3.797 0.532

* Through to Q2

Pos column indicates grid position

Round Number: 
14
2013
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Total votes: 15

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Comments

Marc had it all under clutch from the get go. George is another issue. Nakamoto's words regarding the launch off the start need to translated into action for Dani and Marc tomorrow. The last thing the pair of them need is to be bogged down behind Valentino whilst George disappears into the distance.
Clean warm up and clean start for all heading into turn 1 and exiting accordingly is my wish. I love this circuit almost as much as Mugello.

Total votes: 53

seriously, he can make it to the podium this time

Total votes: 56

I doubt it. He's put in a few good laps in qualifying but his race pace has been off by quite a bit. Just like Misano, really.

It's gonna be the Hondas (possibly including Bradl, his pace has been good all weekend) vs Lorenzo again. If Lorenzo gets a start like at Misano it could be all over after the first corner...

Total votes: 46

Bradl's best finish will be 5th.

Total votes: 42

let's hope we see a good race tomorrow! The way we see the tires going off so quick might be interesting.

Dani might be a little stronger in this round? Vale too. I sure would like to see a 4 way race of sorts.

good luck to all riders.

Total votes: 51

I think the problem with Rossi might be that he's not really in the shape required for the level the sport is now?
I mean these guys train like robots, and I understand Rossi has never been a gym guy, but he rides off road as a way to keep in shape. I think at 34 he needs to step up his physical into more specific training, becaus 34 ain't old at all, i think he can still be at the front if his motivation makes him work harder or more focused so that he can fight till the end of the race.

For the last few races it seems to me like he just got tired

Total votes: 46

If he were full of flubber, he'd be fading at the end of the races. If anything, he tends to improve as the laps wind down. The only 'problem' is that he's just too damn slow.
His Q lap was good, but I don't expect much in the race. Just look at all the FP session times - I'm afraid he's nowhere.

Total votes: 48

0.15 is impressive considering how much he has sucked at qualifying this year.

Total votes: 41