Marquez beats teammate for pole in Germany

Marquez wins pole as teammate Pedrosa crashes trying to catch him

Marc Marquez notched a new best pole lap in the MotoGP Q2 session at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, with Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl also on row one – Pedrosa setting a fast lap before a crash.

A 1'20.937 effort from Marquez gave him pole by just under 0.3s from Repsol Honda colleague Pedrosa who went down at turn 1 with three minutes remaining. The rapid lap time for Marquez broke Casey Stoner’s six year old best pole lap record of 1’21.067 from 2008.

The home fans were delighted with Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) registering a 1’21.340 lap, as the German qualified third having initially been on provisional pole five minutes into the session.

The second row, meanwhile features a strong Yamaha presence with Open-equipped Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) placing his Forward-Yamaha machine ahead of the factory Movistar Yamaha MotoGP machines of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi on the grid.

Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) impressed again in seventh, ahead of Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) on row three. Smith suffered a fourth crash of the weekend in Q2 but was not hurt.

Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) was tenth, whilst Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) complete the fourth row having come through from Q1.

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) missed out on a Q2 ride having crashed at high speed at turn 11, taking a big tumble through the gravel at the end of Q1. Crutchlow was unhurt and quickly went back to his pit box for a debrief despite initially looking quite shaken by the accident.


Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Behind
1. Marc Marquez Honda 1m20.937s +0.000s
2. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m21.233s +0.296s
3. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m21.340s +0.403s
4. Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 1m21.376s +0.439s
5. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m21.508s +0.571s
6. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m21.651s +0.714s
7. Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m21.679s +0.741s
8. Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m21.771s +0.834s
9. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m21.794s +0.857s
10. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m21.906s +0.969s
11. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m22.120s +1.183s
12. Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m22.647s +1.710s
13. Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati 1m22.411s Q1
14. Scott Redding Gresini Honda 1m22.436s Q1
15. Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1m22.529s Q1
16. Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 1m22.659s Q1
17. Karel Abraham Cardion Honda 1m22.778s Q1
18. Michael Laverty PBM Aprilia 1m22.845s Q1
19. Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 1m22.888s Q1
20. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m23.029s Q1
21. Mike di Meglio Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m23.423s Q1
22. Broc Parkes PBM Aprilia 1m23.428s Q1
23. Danilo Petrucci Ioda Aprilia 1m23.484s Q1

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