Marquez breaks lap record for Gran Premio D’Italia Oakley Pole

At a breakneck pace under the Tuscan sun, Marc Marquez took his fourth pole position in 2019, while Lorenzo is preparing for a comeback from 17th on the grid.

After finishing third in both Free Practice 3 and Free Practice 4, Marc Marquez went confidently into Q2 to get at least one start in the front row. In a grueling session, Marquez worked hard for his position on the track during his first run and set a best time of 1’46.291 before a perfectly planned and executed second run brought the reigning world champion his fourth pole in 2019.

Marquez ‘1’45.519 is a new lap record on the Mugello Circuit, Marquez is one of only four drivers who have ever completed a 1’45 lap. This is Marquez’s second premier class pole at Mugello, his first finish in 2014 when he took six pole positions in a row.

Saving fresh tires for Saturday seemed to pay off for Jorge Lorenzo in Free Practice 3, who was able to drive a full second faster as soon as a fresh rear was fitted. Finally, Lorenzo put in a 1’46.893 and finished the session in 12th place. He continued to work on his pace for the race throughout Free Practice 4 and spent the session consistently lapping. Lorenzo cannot improve his time like in FP3 and starts with a 1: 47.135 from 17th on the grid.

The Gran Premio D’Italia Oakley is scheduled for Sunday June 1st at 2:00 p.m. local time.