Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has recorded his seventh pole of the season for tomorrow’s German GP, with teammate Dani Pedrosa in second and local boy Stefan Bradl completing the front row aboard his satellite LCR Honda.

After a tricky FP4 session where rain was a constant threat, the sun was shining for Q2. Marc’s first exit was spoiled by a tyre issue but on his second run there was no stopping him. He set a time of 1’21.126 on lap seven, taking provisional pole, and then on lap nine he set a blisteringly fast time of 1’20.937, snatching Casey Stoner’s pole record from 2008 (1’21.067). Marc has qualified on the front row at the last twenty-one races, and this is his sixteenth MotoGP career pole (in just 27 races) signifying a 59.2% pole ratio in the premier class.

Teammate Dani was also in superb form, setting a time of 1’21.233 on his first run. However, he found himself in the gravel after a small mistake in turn one on his second run and was unable to return to the pits and get back out on track in time. His time remained second fastest and he will start from the front row for the sixth time this season.

Marc Marquez

"The weekend has been affected by the crash I suffered yesterday, but I kept my nerve and little by little we’ve been getting better. I felt good yesterday afternoon and I was much better this morning. In the few laps I did in FP4, I could see that we had a good pace and a chance to fight for pole position. With the first tyre 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. We will try and keep up the pace from practice, which I think has been good.”

Dani Pedrosa

"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. 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, position ourselves well from the start, make a good tyre choice and hope the weather is kind to us! Our setup is definitely good, so I hope to have a good race.”

MotoGP 2014
Qualifying Round 9   Germany

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'20.937
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'21.233
3 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'21.340
4 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'21.376
5 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'21.508
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'21.651
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'21.679
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'21.771
9 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'21.794
10 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'21.906
11 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'22.120
13 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'22.411
14 Redding Scott 45 GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'22.436
15 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Ducati Team Ducati 1'22.529
16 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN Aspar Team Honda 1'22.659
17 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'22.778
18 Laverty Michael 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'22.845
19 Edwards Colin 5 USA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'22.888
20 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'23.029
21 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 1'23.423
22 Parkes Broc 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'23.428
23 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 1'23.484
Location Information

Car and bike races have been held on closed public roads in the area around the town of Chemnitz, Germany since the 1920s and were still taking place until as recently as 1990. It was decided, however, that the five mile course through such a densely populated area was no… read more.

Length 3.671 kilometres / 2.281 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 10
Right corners 3
Longest straight 0.700 kilometres / 0.435 miles
Constructed 1996
Modified 2001 (resurfaced in 2017)

Lerchenstraße, 09337 Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany - View in Google Maps

www.sachsenring-circuit.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 20.336s (164.5km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 1m21.442s (162.2km/h) Jonas Folger (Yamaha, 2017)
Race Time 41m 01.087s (161km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2017 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)