Date : 09/11/2013
Weather : Sunny
Air : 21°C
Track : 26°C
Humidity : 21%
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez will start tomorrow’s Championship deciding race from pole position for the ninth time this season, his fifteenth (twelfth successive) front row start of 2013, with teammate Dani Pedrosa starting from third position.
It’s been another strong day for the Spanish duo, with Marc recording the fastest ever lap here on two wheels in this morning’s FP3 session with a 1’30.803 (beating Dani’s pole lap from 2012 of 1’30.844). However, both riders bettered this time again in Q2 with Marc coming out on top with a blisteringly fast lap of 1'30.237 recorded on lap seven of nine. Dani, six time winner in Valencia, sealed his front row start on his final lap of nine with a time of 1’30.663.
Marc, who has a thirteen point lead, can win the Championship tomorrow by finishing in the top fo ur (regardless of Lorenzo’s position).
MARC MARQUEZ – 1st - 1'30.237
“We are happy, because we have achieved the goal that we had set for today: to be on the front row. In addition, taking pole position in the process, is something that will be very important for us. Tomorrow's race is the most important one of the year and we will be trying to approach it like any other Grand Prix, although it will be difficult because Jorge has a great pace. We will try to pick the best tyres for the race, from two options which are both good, and give 100% tomorrow”
DANI PEDROSA – 3rd - 1'30.663
“I am very happy with how qualifying went today, despite not having taken pole. It was an interesting session for me, because I was able to find my pace again after various races in which I was off the front row. On the final two laps I was able to get a spot on the front row for tomorrow, and this is very important. It still wasn't quite enough to take pole position, but I'm happy with the work that we carried out and the step forward that we made. I hope to improve a little more tomorrow and have a good race”