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Marc Marquez beat Casey Stoner's long standing 2008 lap record on the way to pole positon for the German MotoGP at Sachsenring.

Riding on a dry track following earlier drizzle, the reigning world champion took pole away from Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa - just moments after Pedrosa had fallen at turn one.

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Marquez then improved on his penultimate lap while the absent Pedrosa, fastest after the first of the two runs, retained second place, 0.296s from the #93.

Marquez - seeking to complete a perfect first half of the season with a ninth win on Sunday - had taken pole for the first six events, but was beaten by Pedrosa in Catalunya then Aleix Espargaro at Assen.

Home hero Stefan Bradl will complete the front row for LCR Honda with a best time 0.403s from the top.

Row two will be formed by Open class star Aleix Espargaro (+0.439s) then the Movistar Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo (+0.571s) and Valentino Rossi (+0.714s).

Pramac Ducati's Andrea Iannone, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mates Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will start from row three.

Smith joined Pedrosa in missing the end of the session after his fourth fall of the weekend.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) and Nicky Hayden (Aspar Honda) completed the twelve rider time sheet, both progressing to Qualifying 2 after leading the Qualifying 1 session.

Cal Crutchlow did not reach Q2 after a fast fall from his factory Ducati at the Waterfall turn, leaving him 15th on the grid.

Qualifying 2:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Stefan Bradl
4. Aleix Espargaro
5. Jorge Lorenzo
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Andrea Iannone
8. Pol Espargaro
9. Bradley Smith
10. Alvaro Bautista
11. Andrea Dovizioso
12. Nicky Hayden

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et77m:

Enough with the comment that is insulting the intelligence ...
Everyone knows what I mean, Yamaha is the same level as Honda, just MM93 makes a difference, last year were on the podium both Yamaha factory + yamaha tech3 and a winner Hon[\blockquote]

Winning a grid position in qualifying is on thing which mostly depends on the bike and the bike set-up. There are multiple chances to get it right once, so rider errors can be minimized.

Advancing in a race is more based on set-up strategy and the rider. Ultimately the rider with best race craft and talent will advance relative to his grid position . Obviously MM is one of them and him riding the best bike on the grid makes him quasi unbeatable.

Anyway. 3 Honda's on a circuit like this on the first 3 positions is quite obvious...you do not have to be intelligent to get these statistics right.

On the other hand...the race tomorrow, is another story...but that is more rider dependent.

et77m: Unstoppable! Rossi looks so helpless! Lorenzo frustrated .... It is true that he will be good in the race, because he rides one of the four best motorcycles on the grid.But it's hard for me to see someone else Overcome MM93! [\blockquote]

mmmh four best motorcycles? I did not see four factory Honda's on the grid and for the record, Rossi and Lorenzo don't ride Honda's they ride both a Yamaha... MM and Pedrosa ride the best Motorcycles on the grid.

Next best is probably the satellite Honda, but that lacks the enormous HRC-engineering and analysis staff, and probably a few other little things you can't get for money...Then you get the factory Yamaha's which regularly get weird tire problems...

as expected.

Factory Honda
Factory Honda
Satellite Honda

Satellite Yamaha on soft Rubber
Factory Yamaha
Factory Yamaha

says it all: Honda track.

MM as usual a head above the rest and Aleix impressive as always even if he was using pseudo qualifiers. They should have given him the Factory Honda.

Now we have to see who can improve where it matters and make the difference using his race craft in a fair way.

Gilles: @Harry x

zzzzzzzzzzzz....... Sing another song please[\blockquote]

Honda is the slowest ,technically most retarded bike on the grid but gets the best out of its rider...is that more accurate? :-)