Marquez with a record time to the fourth "pole"
The current champion Marc Marquez reached the fourth consecutive best starting position with an exceptional lap in the last moments of the qualifications. The winner of the opening three races of this season lagged behind Jorge Lorenzo for most of the qualifiers, but then replaced the motorcycle before the last attempt and recorded a time of 0.421 seconds faster than the Yamaha racer. Dani Pedrosa, Marquez’s team-mate, who has yet to stand on the podium in any of the categories in which he raced here in Jerez, was third fastest ahead of Valentino Rossi. Fifth was Aleix Espargaro.