VALENCIA, Spain -- MotoGP points leader Marc Marquez will start ahead of defending champion Jorge Lorenzo in the decisive Valencia Grand Prix after he won pole position in the qualifying session on Saturday.
Marquez pushed his Honda through a lap in 1 minute, 30.237 seconds on the 2.48 mile Cheste Circuit. Lorenzo will start Sunday's season finale in second on the grid.
Marquez leads Lorenzo by 13 points entering the final race of the season. The 20-year-old Marquez needs a top-four finish to become the first rookie to win the championship since American Kenny Roberts in 1978.