Marquez continues dominant weekend, smashes pole record for German MotoGP
Marc Marquez smashed the lap record with a 1:20.336 during Q2, which was enough to secure him the first position on the grid for this weekend’s MotoGP battle.
This is Marc Marquez’s sixth consecutive pole at the Sachsenring, which has led to victory for the Spaniard for the last five years in a row.
“We will try for six wins,” said Marquez. “The most important thing is the confidence with the bike is really high. In this circuit I always get good results but this weekend I feel good and I’m constant. I was also fast over one lap so I’m happy, also happy with the work that we have done. Tomorrow is the most important so we have to keep on like this.”
Joining him on the front row are his teammate Dani Pedrosa and Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.
Second place on the grid is Pedrosa’s best qualifying result of the season.
"I was happy with my first feeling in the first run but Crutchlow didn’t see me and ruined my lap," said Pedrosa. "Unfortunately I had to stop and change tires and I wasn’t sure if we could do it on the second tire because sometimes you don’t get the same feeling. Actually I produced a good lap and to get the front row at this track is very important. Hopefully we can make a little step tomorrow as Marquez’s pace is very high and we’re still missing a little. Hopefully we can make a good start and make the right tire choice, which will be critical."
After starting from eighth in Assen, Lorenzo is back on qualifying form but concerned by the pace shown by the Repsol Honda duo.
"Impressive, it seems the Honda has no problems," said Lorenzo. "They’re able to brake later and accelerate very soon. It will be tough to stay with them, I am the first Yamaha to do a 1:20 in this track so I am very happy with this lap time. I did my best and I didn’t get even close to them. I think our goal is to try to get the podium, the victory will be difficult but you never know. The podium is definitely achievable."
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) will start from fourth place, with Yonny Hernández (Octo Pramac Racing) in a very respectable fifth after having to fight his way through Q1. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) completes the second row in sixth.
The Espargaro brothers will have a chance to wish each other luck before the lights go out, given that they start together on the third row with Aleix (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in seventh and Pol (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in eighth.
Rounding out the top 10 are British riders Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Cal Crutchlow (CWM-LCR Honda), who start from ninth and 10th respectively.
LIVE coverage of the MotoGP German GP will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday on FOX Sports 1.