Quartararo on pole at Catalan Moto GP

Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo celebrates after taking pole for the Catalan GP. (AFP pic)

MONTMELO: French Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo edged world champion and hometown favourite Marc Marquez of Honda to pole position for the Catalan MotoGP.

It was Quartararo’s second pole of the season and came after he dominated the first two free practices for Sunday’s race where Marquez wants to snap a five-year winless streak in his home region.

Joining the pair in the front row is another Spaniard, Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales.

Marquez, who last won at the Montmelo circuit in 2014, leads the world championship rankings ahead of this seventh GP with 115 points, Italy’s Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso in second on 103.