2014 Barcelona MotoGP Qualifying Result: Thrilling Session Throws Up Many Surprises

Results and summary of qualfying:

Marc Marquez streak of pole positions has finally come to an end. Dani Pedrosa put an end to his Repsol Honda teammate's streak at Barcelona, taking his first pole since this same race last season, and posting a time close to his own pole record from 2013.

Pedrosa took the pole and forced his teammate into an uncharacteristic mistake. Marquez had led early on, then gone on to set a lap that looked good enough to make it eight poles in a row. Shortly after, Pedrosa snatched pole from him, forcing Marquez to go back out for one more try. Pushing hard to try to beat his teammate, Marquez ran a little wide at Turn 1, and was braking for longer on the kerbs than he was used to. When he got back onto the track, he had to try to force the front to make the corner, and the front folded on him. It was Marquez' first crash of the season, and his first since falling off his dirt track bike and breaking a leg back in February. His lap ended up being only good enough for 3rd.

Interjecting himself between the two Repsol Hondas is Jorge Lorenzo, the Movistar Yamaha man finding his feet once again and starting from 2nd for the second race in a row. Heading up the second row is Stefan Bradl, the LCR Honda man not quite having the pace for the front row. Valentino Rossi took 5th, a position he did not look like getting early in Q2, the Italian languishing down in 10th for much of the session. A desperate last lap dash put Rossi onto the second row, the very minimum needed if he is to run at the front on Sunday. Aleix Espargaro rounds out the second row, the Open Yamaha capable of impressive pace on a soft tire

Marquez was not the only rider to crash. Alvaro Bautista had a big and painful highside during Q2, though he got back on and rode. There were fears there could have been crashes during Q1, as spots of rain started to fall during the first session, but they never grew any worse than spots.

Results of Q2 and Q1:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'40.985    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'41.100 0.115 0.115
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'41.135 0.150 0.035
4 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'41.220 0.235 0.085
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.290 0.305 0.070
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 1'41.308 0.323 0.018
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'41.337 0.352 0.029
8 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'41.491 0.506 0.154
9 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'41.671 0.686 0.180
10 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'41.677 0.692 0.006
11 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'41.751 0.766 0.074
12 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'42.024 1.039 0.273
Not through to Q2
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1'42.578 0.415 0.408
14 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'42.730 0.567 0.152
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'42.955 0.792 0.225
16 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'43.043 0.880 0.088
17 5 Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 1'43.226 1.063 0.183
18 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1'43.360 1.197 0.134
19 23 Broc Parkes PBM 1'43.530 1.367 0.170
20 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1'43.564 1.401 0.034
21 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1'43.737 1.574 0.173
22 8 Hector Barbera Avintia 1'44.115 1.952 0.378
23 63 Mike Di Meglio Avintia 1'45.012 2.849 0.897
24 84 Michel Fabrizio ART 1'46.214 4.051 1.202

 

Round Number: 
7
2014
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Comments

Nice of Pedrosa to show up. (If he would do so more often, he might actually win something on occasion.)

An ignorant statement, are you trolling? I am hardly a Pedrosa fan, but he is a solid performer week in and week out. Also, he has not folded while facing a very talented teammate. I have more respect for him this year than any before.

Agreed @mtiberio. All of these guys risks their lives for our entertainment and their glory (or whatever it is that motivates them) taking the 'slowest' corner of the track at 90 km/h and the straight at well over 300 km/h lap after lap. They are, in my opinion, all showing up just by having the guts to pull the throttle.

Pedrosa is 3rd in the standings right now, against some rather formidable opposition. Let's give credit where it's due.

It appears MotoGP may be the closest race for the lead of all three classes.

Lorenzo was regularity itself (and fast) in FP3 while Marquez and Pedrosa were also fast, in bursts.

So Lorenzo could split the Hondas (again) or win.

Marquez showed a chink in his armour. His Doohan-like desire to be fastest in every session. That may bite him in the race too, but he is a very fast learner so probably not.

Lorenzo to win!