MotoGP – Marquez extends Sachsenring pole record

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    Marc Marquez continued his Sachsenring dominance by taking his eighth successive pole at the venue in a washed out Q2.

    The reigning champion Marc Marquez took his sixty-eight career pole position in career, but it was anything but easy for the number 93 as Pramac Racing’sa Danilo Petrucci pushed him hard. Only a tenth and a half back despite the conditions, 'Petrux' starts second to split the Repsol Hondas, with Dani Pedrosa completing the front row after a weekend of impressive pace.

    Marquez said: “When I saw that it was going to be a wet qualifying session, I set a front-row position as my target. Anyway, I’ve felt very good on the bike since the beginning and I saw that the rain was easing off, so I tried to find a good rhythm as I prepared to attack in the final stages.

    “Halfway into the session there was a bit of confusion with Maverick. In qualifying everyone pushes a lot and there was some contact, but luckily nothing happened. In the end I was able to do a very good lap and I’m quite happy with that, as it’s always very difficult to manage in the rain.

    “Now we just need to focus on the race, which will be tough as there are many fast riders with a good pace, starting with my teammate! It seems that it won’t rain, but whatever conditions we find, it will be okay, as we have a really good pace both in the dry and in the wet.”

    In a late rush for pole as the sun began to peek out, LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow was a key protagonist in the session and will start fourth, ahead of home hero and rookie Jonas Folger on the Tech 3 Yamaha. Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo completes the second row after putting in a solid if not spectacular performance as he gets to grips with the Desmosedici in the rain.

    KTM’s Pol Espargaro was the second man to move through from Q1 with Petrucci, and the Spaniard took the Austrian factory's best ever qualifying result in seventh to continue the incredible form into Q2. Older brother Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi on the factory Yamaha complete the third row.

    Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso was another of those to have a slightly more difficult session to pilot his Ducati to tenth, but starts ahead of key rival in the points standings Maverick Viñales on the second factory Yamaha bike, who was eleventh fastest in the wet. Alvaro Bautista on the Aspar Ducati completes the top twelve on the grid from Q2.

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