Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez left his rivals in no doubt that he is the man to beat on Sunday with a record-breaking pace in Sachsenring qualifying.

Marquez's hopes of extending his perfect 2014 win streak were looking vulnerable as he struggled to stand up after a nasty, head-down highside in opening practice.

However the Repsol Honda star is now perfectly placed to challenge for nine victories in a row prior to the mid-season summer break.

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"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," said Marquez. "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."

Marquez had been fourth on the timesheets at the end of his initial qualifying run, then moved to the top moments after pace setting team-mate Dani Pedrosa lost control of his RCV at turn one. Marquez then improved to become the first rider to lap below 1m 21s at the tight and twisty circuit, the shortest on the MotoGP calendar, beating Casey Stoner's 2008 lap record for Ducati.

"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."

The 21-year-old Spaniard took pole for the opening seven events of this year, then lost out in qualifying for Catalunya and Assen.

Marquez already holds a 72-point lead over Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and Pedrosa.


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Weird... as already claimed by Rossi and Lorenzo now Marquez confirms that Bridgestone's tire quality is an approximate science, it requires some luck to get the right batch it seems. Are "special tires" again in fashion?

Harryx: Weird... Are "special tires" again in fashion?[\blockquote]
That's a question for Professor X....but you might wish that you hadn't asked...[\blockquote]