2016 Barcelona MotoGP Qualifying Result: Pole Taken By Big Margin

Marc Marquez has stamped his authority on proceedings at Barcelona, dominating qualifying to take pole by a massive margin. His opening lap was already faster than Bradley Smith's lap during FP2 on the old, faster layout, and he then proceeded to take another half a second off that time.

Jorge Lorenzo put up a strong fight, after posting a relatively slow time during FP4, but he had nothing for Marc Marquez. He got to within half a second of the Repsol Honda, but had to settle for second. Dani Pedrosa took the final slot on the front row, another beneficiary of the track layout change, ending seven tenths off the pace of his Repsol Honda teammate.

Hector Barbera heads up the second row, the Avintia Ducati rider using the slipstream of Maverick Viñales to post a very strong time. He was lucky to sit in the draft of Viñales, but unlucky to miss out on a front row start by just fifteen thousandths of a second. Valentino Rossi salvaged his qualifying with a quick lap, jumping up to fifth on his final attempt. Rossi nudged Maverick Viñales back into sixth, and Cal Crutchlow back to seventh, and the start of the third row. The LCR Honda rider sits alongside two Ducatis, the factory bike of Andrea Iannone and the Pramac machine of Danilo Petrucci.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'43.589    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'44.056 0.467 0.467
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'44.307 0.718 0.251
4 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'44.322 0.733 0.015
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'44.324 0.735 0.002
6 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'44.329 0.740 0.005
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'44.366 0.777 0.037
8 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'44.458 0.869 0.092
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'44.911 1.322 0.453
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'45.029 1.440 0.118
11 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'45.030 1.441 0.001
12 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'45.218 1.629 0.188
Result of Q1
Q2 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'44.494    
Q2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'44.656 0.162 0.162
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'44.914 0.420 0.258
14 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'45.197 0.703 0.283
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'45.538 1.044 0.341
16 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'45.690 1.196 0.152
17 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1'45.885 1.391 0.195
18 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'45.892 1.398 0.007
19 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'45.942 1.448 0.050
20 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'46.205 1.711 0.263
21 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'46.463 1.969 0.258


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David, fourth sector also has very important hard acceleration which leads to front straight, which should suit Yamaha better, so I can't believe that Honda has that significant advantage only because hard breaking zones. Do you have any informations about whether Honda has fixed its acceleration problems? It seems to me that Yamaha has slight problems in terms of acceleration after Mugello.

The acceleration onto the straight is now better for the Honda, as the entry is different. They entry is more favorable, so they enter with more throttle and can hold it open, meaning the acceleration is better for the Hondas.

Err, pole last race. Fifth after altered track layout and apparently loads of time on harder tyres again doesn't seem like a disaster. 

Weird that Pol's time in QP2 was slower than Bradley's in QP1. And no real diference from his FP3 time.

Very surprising result from Hector considering he started the weekend by crashing in turn 2 on his first exit in FP1. Taking top slot in Q1 and converting that into fifth on the grid in Q2 is a good show!

I must say that after watching the press conference, Marquez came off looking like a very mature, contemplative, professional and a complete and well rounded individual addressing all the considerations of what happened yesterday.  Even his crash coming out of the pits, he handled very professionally and authoritatively regarding who was at fault. He subdued the explosion between Zarco and the journalist very professionally and sensitively, and gave Zarco a nice reaffirming handshake at the end. He demonstrated strong leadership qualities during a very challenging time.

Jorge, on the other hand, bitched and moaned because the track changes didn't suit him and he wasn't notified about what would be discussed at the SAFETY COMMISION meeting. A meeting that takes place at the same time, same place every race weekend. What did he think was going to be discussed after what happened? Yet another occasion where JL's honesty comes off negatively. I personally love his honesty as it gives some insight into how he thinks, but the way he does it demonstrates that he lacks a bit of social intuition.

One reason I love MotoGP compared to F1 is that these guys aren't neutered by whoever is paying them and they say what they want much of the time. 

I did not see that press conference, but I did watch the qualifying session. Was not thrilled with the way MM93 barged through Hector Barbara, the man has no conscience on the track.

I went and watched the press conference after reading your comment and found the whole Safety Commission discussion fascinating. It was interesting how Marc and Dani both implied that these meetings are regularly attended by the same group of riders (9 was Marc's count) and routinely skipped by the rest of the grid. I'm hesitant to read too much into the distinction, but there does seem to be at least a small additional measure of professionalism and regard for the sport implied by committing to regular attendance.

My guess for the regular attendees? Marquez, Pedrosa, Dovizioso, A. Espargaró, Smith, Petrucci, Rabat, P. Espargaró and Bradl. 

Among the "founding fathers" of the commission is Rossi. Rumor has it (and the Italian press concurs) that he stopped attending since Sepang.... not wanting to interact with....MM.
As they say : if you don't attend you cannot complain.
But it would be interesting to know why turn 10 was modified too. I did not see the press conference. Did they say? Does anyone know?

Both Yamaha men (JL & VR) made comments that I felt were extremly selfish coming a few hours after the death of one of their own. Not cool.

What was the issue with Zarco?

You're correct. MM grew in stature last evening in my eyes, and possibly in many others. Great to see the young man handle the situation far far better than his older, more experienced peers. 

Barbera, Petrucci, and Pedrosa all qualified better than I thought they would.  Pedrosa is looking downright dangerous to me, (having a winning sort of pace.)  Maybe not, but he is looking stronger than I have seen him in a while.  Lorenzo seems to be tying himself up in knots.  Rossi has qualified well for himself.  Factory Ducati riders seem off the pace.  It was interesting watching Marquez recover from his crash, then come back out and lay down some serious speed.

At the press conference today, Marc Marquez elevated in stature. The youngster became 'The Man of MotoGP'. 

In stark contrast, the reputations of Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Rossi crumbled - along with the other non-attendees of the post-crash, safety meeting.  



Gain some perspective instead of looking for any excuse to throw dramatic sentences around like they have any weight. 

None of us really know the behind the scenes as far as a riders race weekend beyond the track sessions and are in no position to judge.

It's strange to see Johann angry, he is usually a very soft spoken man.

Now, I'm not too sensitive of a fellow, but that question was too blunt and too ill-timed to be put out there. I don't know the journalist's name, but I see him at every press conference. He seems like an experienced man and doesn't usually push silly questions, but this one was out of line.

I agree that we have had contradictary statements (which Marquez' answer explained perfectly ), but don't angrily shout at the friends of a deceased person that someone is lying.

The question seemed like a bait for a tabloid headline type of response...