- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

ALCANIZ, Spain (AP) - Marc Marquez broke his own track record to take pole position at the Aragon MotoGP on Saturday.

Marquez, the two-time overall defending champion, will start Sunday’s race ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone.

The Spaniard bettered his own record at the 5.1-kilometer (3.1-mile) MotorLand circuit by steering his Honda around in 1 minute, 46.635 seconds for his seventh pole of the season and 29th top-category career pole.

Marquez bettered his previous record in Alcaniz of 1 minute, 47.187 seconds on his first run in qualifying before walking away unscathed from a crash at turn 2 on what was going to be his third trip around.

“We will try to fight for victory from the first lap of the race tomorrow,” Marquez said.



Points leader Valentino Rossi will start from sixth on the grid, behind Pol Espargaro and Dani Pedrosa.

Rossi, a seven-time former MotoGP champion, leads Yamaha teammate Lorenzo by 23 points - 247 vs. 224 - with four races left. Marquez is 3rd on 184 points.

Two of Rossi’s four wins this season have come after he finished qualifying in eighth place. The Italian has earned an edge over Lorenzo, who has five wins, by proving to be the more consistent rider with two second-place finishes and six third places.

“During tomorrow’s warm up we will try to improve the setup and also the pace,” Rossi said. “My rivals are very fast, so this makes everything a bit more difficult but we will try.”

Good weather conditions also aided riders in the lower categories to set track records.

Tito Rabat set a Moto2 record at the circuit with a lap of 1 minute 52.232 seconds for pole.

Standings leader Johann Zarco, who is 93 points ahead of Rabat, will start from third.

In Moto3, 17-year-old Enea Bastianini established a new mark with a lap of 1 minute, 57.755 for his fourth pole of the season.

Points leader Danny Kent managed the third fastest time. Kent leads Bastianini by 55 points in the standings.

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