Marquez denies Pedrosa pole

Runaway MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez pipped team-mate Dani Pedrosa to pole for Sunday’s Aragon Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion has the opportunity to increase his 74-point advantage at the top of this year’s standings after edging out closest rival Pedrosa by 0.362 seconds for his 11th pole of the season.
Marquez set the tone by breaking the lap record on his factory Honda, only for fellow Spaniard Pedrosa to record a better time of one minute 47.549 seconds.
It seemed that would be enough to head the front row but Marquez responded on his final qualifying lap with a blistering time of 1min 47.187secs in a thrilling finale.
Marquez will be itching to get back to winning ways, having topped the podium in 11 of the 13 rounds this year, after a 15th-place finish in San Marino two weeks ago.
Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone completes the front row on Sunday, qualifying just under half a second behind Marquez, while rookie Pol Espargaro will begin in fourth ahead of Britain’s Cal Crutchlow.
Valentino Rossi, who wound back the clock in San Marino by taking his first race win in 15 months to move within one point of Pedrosa in the overall standings, came through Q1 but was only able to take sixth on the grid in Spain.

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