Fabio Quartararo smashed his own Jerez lap record to claim the first MotoGP pole of 2020 in a dramatic Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.
FP3 pacesetter Quartararo set the early time to beat with a 1m37.064s, which was immediately beaten by Marquez with a 1m37.006s.
The Petronas SRT rider dipped underneath the 1m37s barrier on his second flying lap to reclaim provisional pole with a 1m36.993s, while Pramac’s Francesco Bagnaia put his Ducati into third despite encountering a slower Valentino Rossi at the last corner.
Marquez returned to top spot with a 1m36.877s on his first lap of his second run, though this was beaten by Maverick Vinales, who put in a blinding final sector to end up with a 1m36.844s.
With around a minute to go, Pramac’s Jack Miller was on a lap challenging for pole, but suffered a fast crash at Turn 11.
Just seconds later, Alex Rins crashed at the same place and had to be helped into the back of an ambulance as he held his wrist.