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German MotoGP: ‘Bump under braking’ ends Pedrosa pole hopes

“I think I hit a bump under braking but luckily I'm fine”- Dani Pedrosa.
A late qualifying fall left Dani Pedrosa helpless to prevent team-mate Marc Marquez claiming pole position in Germany.

Pedrosa on pole when he lost the front of his Repsol Honda into turn one, with just three minutes to go.

It was his second big fall of the weekend, after a Turn 12 lowside on Friday afternoon, but he was again able to walk away unharmed - unlike in last year's collarbone breaking Turn One accident.

Despite being absent for the end of qualifying, only unbeaten world champion Marquez was able to better Pedrosa's time and he will thus start from the middle of the front row.

“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,” said Pedrosa. “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.”

Pedrosa is currently tied with Valentino Rossi for second in the world championship, 72-points from Marquez. Rossi qualified in sixth for Yamaha.

Home star Stefan Bradl will complete the front row of the grid for LCR Honda.

Tagged as: Honda , Dani Pedrosa

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July 12, 2014 4:59 PM

V4Poweeeer: Didn't Stoner crash at turn twelve when he was battling for the here in 2012 with Dani.
Yes he did, he binned it trying to chase Dani who put fastest lap of the race on the final lap. On Marquez, he is just phenomenal. Hope people can enjoy him more. He broke pole record which was set on QF tires. Scary to imagine what he could do with soft tires. Race will be close tomorrow, Dani is always quick around here. Hopefully we can see a different winner for a change but I doubt.

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