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Marc Marquez Takes Pole Position for Aragon Grand Prix

Lee Walker@@Lee_BleacherRUK Managing EditorSeptember 28, 2013

ALCANIZ, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26:  Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team looks on during the press conference during the MotoGP of Spain - Previews at Motorland Aragon Circuit on September 26, 2013 in Alcaniz, Spain.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

Marc Marquez took pole position for the Aragon Grand Prix at MotorLand.

The Championship leader posted a fastest lap of 1:47.804 which was one hundredth of a second quicker than compatriot and defending Moto GP champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Yamaha rider Lorenzo has recorded wins in the last two races at Misano and Silverstone but is 34 points behind young pretender Marquez.

Lorenzo is level on points with Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, who completes the front row after setting a time of 1:47.957.

Honda rider Marquez has notched five wins in an incredible debut season in Moto GP after replacing Casey Stoner and took his seventh pole of the season by breaking the Australian's lap record.

Marquez powerslides to home Aragon pole http://t.co/JpiCCKk5Cw #MOTOGP pic.twitter.com/gdwFqLU15j

— Crash.Net (@CRASH_NET) September 28, 2013

Valentino Rossi has finished the last four MotoGP races in fourth position. Lorenzo's Yamaha teammate occupies that position on the grid.

There are just five rounds to go, and Sunday's race is pivotal in the Championship race with the Spanish fans braced to see their three heroes go head-to-head on home soil.

#MotoGP Parrilla: 1º Márquez, 2º Lorenzo, 3º Pedrosa, 4º Rossi, 5º Bradl, 6º Bautista, 7º Crutchlow, 8º Dovizioso, 9º Smith, 10º Espargaró.

— Dani Martinez (@Herreros1996) September 28, 2013

Pedrosa would love to celebrate his 28th birthday with victory to close the gap on Marquez and avoid being the bridesmaid yet again, having finished second in the title race on three occasions.

However Lorenzo is just one win away from making it 50 career Grand Prix victories and is eyeing back-to-back titles. Although this circuit is one of the three on the circuit where he has not won a race.

Marquez is the man to beat.

The defending Moto2 champion looks to add a third title to his name at the tender age of 20.

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