MotoGP: Marc Marquez on pole for Sunday's Aragon race
Last Updated: 29/09/13 2:30pm
The big three following Saturday's qualifying at Aragon: Jorge Lorenzo (l), Marc Marquez (c) and Dani Pedrosa
Marc Marquez secured his seventh pole position of 2013, as Spain's big three dominated final qualifying ahead of Sunday's Aragon MotoGP.
Marquez, who heads the World Championship standings by 34 points, edged out defending champion Jorge Lorenzo by one-tenth of a second, with Dani Pedrosa third fastest in Spain.
The three title challengers are separated by 0.153s, with seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi having to start on the second row of the grid after posting the fourth quickest time.
The top six all bettered the previous track record set by Australian Casey Stoner in 2011.
Meanwhile, the British duo of Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith were seventh and eight fastest.
Crutchlow trailed Marquez by 0.849s, while Smith was 1.050 off the pace.
With five races of the 18 remaining in this season's championship, Marquez has 253 points, followed by Lorenzo and Pedrosa who are tied on 219.
Marquez and Lorenzo have five wins apiece, while Pedrosa has won twice.
Rossi, in fourth, is the only other rider to take the chequered flag this season, with Briton Crutchlow fifth in the table more than 100 points adrift of Marquez.