MotoGP Aragon: Marquez hammers the field for home pole

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MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez converted his dominance in free practice to secure pole position in Aragon by 0.327 seconds ahead of the Yamaha duo of Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales.

Comfortably the fastest man in free practice, the Spaniard came into qualifying as the heavy favourite for the pole position, however, it was Vinales who sat on the provisional pole position after the first run of lap.

However, from that point it was Marquez time. The Honda man pulled the pin on his next lap, producing a stunning lap to put him 0.785 seconds clear in the pole position from Vinales, with Jack Miller sat in third.

An unusual mid-session lull saw all riders regroup and when they came back it, Marquez found himself behind Vinales, with Aleix Espargaro not far behind.

Marquez left a gap to Vinales and slowly pulled the Yamaha man in, improving his own lap by a few thousandths of a second, but his work appeared to be done.

Just when it all appeared wrapped up, Quartararo was on a hot lap of his own, fastest through three sectors, the rookie lost all of his 0.007 ‘lead’ in the final sector, ending second fastest, just over three tenths behind Marquez, with Vinales rounding out the front row.

Miller will start from the head of the second row in fourth, just ahead of Espargaro with Valentino Rossi securing a second row start in sixth place.

Cal Crutchlow will start from seventh on his LCR Honda, with Franco Morbidelli and Joan Mir completing the third row. Dovizioso struggled to tenth place, only ahead of Andrea Iannone and Pol Espargaro, with the Spaniard missing the session with a feared broken wrist after a crash in FP4.

Alex Rins was the man to miss out in Q1, leaving the Suzuki man to start down in thirteenth place, with Taka Nakagami and Danilo Petrucci joining the Suzuki man on the fifth row.