Front row start for Marc Marquéz

2009-11-07 12:52
Marc Marquéz will start the last race of this season and the last ever Grand Prix for Red Bull KTM from the front row of the grid.

The 16-year-old Spanish teenager, who is determined to finish an exciting year with the Austrian team on a high note, qualified in fourth position, just half a second behind newly crowned World Champion Julian Simón, a former KTM rider himself, an pole position.

"Practice was really tough today, because there was a strong wind blowing, and it was very difficult to keep the lines", Marc Marquez said. "I didn't have a good feeling for the front end of the bike this morning, but my team made some changes and we went the right direction. I was able to push hard enough to make sure of a front row start, which will be crucial for the race. I really want to do well here in Valencia, not only because it is my home Grand Prix, but also because I had a fantastic time with the team, and I would like to thank them all with a good result!"

Cameron Beaubier rode to 17th on the grid and will try to at least score some points in his final race for KTM. "I felt comfortable on the bike right from the start of practice yesterday, so we didn't need to change much for today", said the young Californian. "In the qualifying practice, I started cautiously because of the wind and because I didn't want to crash. I thought I'd me much further down the grid, but my 17th position shows that we all had the same problem today. Now I'm really looking forward to have a good final race with my team tomorrow."

Norwegian wild card rider Sturla Fagerhaug, who celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday, had to settle for 30th place on the grid after a crash. "Everything went well today, and my lap times started to improve. But on my last lap towards the end of practice, I was hard on the brakes when a gust of wind hit me, and came off", he explained. "I could have done better than 30th, but at least, our set-up is all right - if I manage a good start, I should be able to do a good race!"

Team director Harald Bartol was pleased with the results. "Marc's front row starting position is very good and promising. The lap times are close together, so I hope he will be able to stay with the front group tomorrow. It will be sad to say good-bye after this race, so we hope to have something to celebrate at the same time!"

Qualifying Results:
1. Julian Simon, Spain, Aprilia, 1'41.472
2. Simone Corsi, Italy, Aprilia, 1'41.476
3. Bradley Smith, England, Aprilia, 1'41.830
4. Marc Marquez, Spain, KTM, 1'41.991
5. Joan Olive, Spain, Derbi, 1'42.033

Other KTM riders:
17. Cameron Beaubier, USA, KTM, 1'42.823
30. Sturla Fagerhaug, Norway, KTM, 1'44.634

Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

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