Marc Marquez delivered a crushing performance in the qualifying session ahead of his 100th Grand Prix appearance, beating Jorge Lorenzo to pole at Jerez by almost half a second.
Until Marquez’s final run, the session had looked like being a closely fought affair with Lorenzo just edging out the reigning World Champion and his team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Neither of the more experienced men could improve with their final efforts, but remained ahead of Valentino Rossi and Aleix Espargaro. The NGM Mobile Forward Racing man crashed halfway through Q2 in a mirror image of his debacle in Qatar, but had produced a good enough time to remain 5th.
Andrea Dovizioso and Stefan Bradl were 6th and 7th, while Pol Espargaro outqualified Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Brad Smith for the first time and slotted in 8th ahead of the Englishman. Alvaro Bautista was 10th after clawing through from Q1, with American duo Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden 11th and 12th.
Cal Crutchlow struggled with his injury and could manage just 14th, while Scott Redding was 18th. Michael Laverty lines up 21st for PBM.
CLASSIFICATION – Qualifying – Jerez MotoGP – 3rd May 2014
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