2014 Sepang MotoGP QP Result: Head-To-Head Showdown For Pole

Full Recap and Results Below.

Marc Marquez has taken his 50th career pole position following qualifying at Sepang, it is his 13th pole of the year and the most ever claimed by a rider in a single season. Marquez was in sublime form and became the first rider to put in a sub two minute lap time at the Malaysian track during a race weekend. His time of 1:59.791 put him two tenths clear of his team mate Dani Pedrosa who claimed second place on the grid and also put in an impressive lap which was inside the two minute bracket. 

The wind had picked up at the start of Q2 but conditions remained sunny and extremely hot, the track temperature read at a baking 55 degrees Celsius and were the hottest temperatures recorded this year. Jorge Lorenzo appeared to struggle with the slippery conditions and had to settle for making it an all-Spanish top three and completing the front row. Stefan Bradl got a good lap in while following Marquez to claim fourth spot and head up the second row of the grid, the Italian duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi will line up alongside him.

Aleix Espargaro edged out the British pairing of Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith while Alvaro Bautista, Hiroshi Aoyama and Pol Espargaro complete the make up of row four. Bautista went comfortably through the Q1 session after putting in an impressive last ditch lap, customer Honda rider Aoyama also did a fantastic job to go through with Bautista, he however crashed in Q2 and ended any chance of an improved result. Pol Espargaro took no part in the session after sustaining a broken bone in his left foot after crashing in the morning's FP3 session, according to his team boss Herve Poncheral however he will be fit to race tomorrow and will start from 12th.

Q2 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'59.791    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'59.973 0.182 0.182
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'00.203 0.412 0.230
4 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'00.472 0.681 0.269
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.703 0.912 0.231
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'00.740 0.949 0.037
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 2'00.801 1.010 0.061
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 2'01.119 1.328 0.318
9 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'01.263 1.472 0.144
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 2'02.294 2.503 1.031
11 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 2'10.568 10.777 8.274
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha      


Q1 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
Q2 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 2'01.818    
Q2 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 2'02.020 0.202 0.202
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'02.184 0.366 0.164
14 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 2'02.330 0.512 0.146
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 2'02.548 0.730 0.218
16 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'02.682 0.864 0.134
17 45 Scott REDDING Honda 2'02.874 1.056 0.192
18 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha 2'03.165 1.347 0.291
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 2'03.874 2.056 0.709
20 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 2'04.539 2.721 0.665
21 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 2'04.784 2.966 0.245
22 23 Broc PARKES PBM 2'05.208 3.390 0.424
NC 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati      


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That was not a particular smart move from Pol Espargaro, continuing after both Scott Redding and Andrea Dovizioso warned him that there was something wrong with his bike. Just going on anyway because you can't see or feel anything wrong is pretty simple thinking. He could have caused accidents for others too this way.
In the video on motogp.com you can see Dovi waving his hand in disbelief when he passes by the crashed Yamaha...

What amazes me is Pol says he as never raced with anything like a broken bone in his foot. He must be good (or lucky) to get this far that way...