|He’s taken one record away from ‘Fast Freddie’…
Photo: Repsol Honda
Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez became the youngest rider ever to grab a pole position in the premier class of Grand Prix motorcycling, at the right old age of 20 years and 62 days. In what has been a masterclass display throughout the whole weekend, the fresh faced rookie will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix ahead of team mate Dani Pedrosa, having beaten his time by over a quarter of a second.
There were concerns over the well being of young Marquez after FP3, following a ‘big off’ going into turn 19 on his outlap. The bike was heavily damaged and required a swift rebuild before FP4, and indeed Q2. Though suffering a slightly dented ego, Marc went out into FP4 and Q2 and continued to defy the laws of physics like he never had the incident in the first place.
Marc didn’t exactly rush out of his pit box at the start of Q2, waiting for Lorenzo to set his first flying lap time. Marquez swiftly put his RC213V on top of the leaderboards by well over a second, ahead of his compatriot. He then went on to further improve his time a lap later, ending up with a 2m 3.021s. With as much humility as per, Marc was obviously elated with the result. “We are happy of course, because we took our first pole position which is important and always exciting! We knew beforehand that we could fight for pole, but you never know what will happen in the session. Both Dani and Jorge are fast over a single lap, and we managed to overcome them. The important stuff starts tomorrow, because we have a long, physical race with many of changes of direction to deal with. We need to be ready, because tomorrow is what really counts and I will do the best that I can!”