And the pole positions for Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez just keep on coming. On Saturday at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland qualifying, Marquez captured his seventh pole position out of nine races so far this year at Germany’s Sachsenring. Additionally, the reigning World Champion’s fastest lap time of 1:20.937 positively destroyed the former track record of 1:21.067, which was set by Casey Stoner in 2008.
“In the few laps I did in (Free Practice 4), I could see that we had a good pace and a chance to fight for pole position,” said Marquez, who crashed on the opening day of practice. “With the first tire I didn’t feel entirely comfortable, but with the second one I had a good feeling and could see that there was good grip – so I decided to push a little more and put in a strong lap.
“Starting from the front is important for the race tomorrow, because this is a circuit where it is difficult to overtake,” Marquez continued. “We will try and keep up the pace from practice, which I think has been good."
Marquez’s Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa also turned in a solid showing in qualifying for Sunday’s German MotoGP, posting a fastest lap time of 1:21.233. Pedrosa, who also crashed early on and recovered, will line up in second place next to Marquez on the starting grid.
"It was a good qualifying session and we had a good pace, despite the crash which was my fault when I think I hit a bump under braking but luckily I'm fine,” said Pedrosa. “I’m very grateful to my mechanics for the work they did yesterday to get the bike back running again after my crash in FP2.
“Tomorrow we will try to do our best,” Pedrosa continued, “position ourselves well from the start, make a good tire choice and hope the weather is kind to us. Our setup is definitely good, so I hope to have a good race."
Rounding out the all-Honda front row of the grid was LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, whose fastest time was 1:21.340. This grid position is a coup for German Bradl, who will start from the front row before his home crowd.
“The result was very nice,” Bradl said on the MotoGP site. “I could see the crowd was behind me. The front row here is very important. The track is very tight so it is hard to overtake. The front tire is going to be critical tomorrow. We have a good pace but a lot depends on the weather.”
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