11 July 2015
MotoGP Germany: Marquez underlines dominance with pole
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez obliterates his 2014 pole record at the Sachsenring to complete a clean sweep of practice and qualifying ahead of the German MotoGP.
Marc Marquez bagged his third successive MotoGP pole at the Sachsenring in Germany with a new record lap of 1m 20.336s.
It was the MotoGP world champion's sixth consecutive pole at the circuit, with the Repsol Honda rider claiming five victories from his sensational run of qualifying feats.
Marquez - who switched to the 2014 frame last time at Assen - held off team-mate Dani Pedrosa by almost 0.3s to shatter his own pole record by half-a-second, with Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo completing the front row, 0.585s behind Marquez.
Pedrosa, who lapped in 1m 20.628s, appeared upset by Cal Crutchlow, who was moving slowly on the racing line at Turn 12 although the British rider seemed to apologise as they lined up to practice their starts at the end of the session.
World championship leader Valentino Rossi qualified sixth on row two although a moment on his fast lap at Turn 9 may have cost him a higher position as he finished 0.884s off the top spot.
Ducati's Andrea Iannone was fourth fastest on the GP15 ahead of Yonny Hernandez on the Octo Pramac Ducati, who was using the soft tyre on his GP14. Hernandez topped Q1 and sprung a surprise with an excellent time in final qualifying.
Iannone, using the asymmetric front, jumped to the top spot in the early stages ahead of Lorenzo and Pol Espargaro on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3, while Aleix Espargaro briefly led on the Suzuki until Marquez – using the medium front – put down a marker with lap in 1m 20.8s.
Bradley Smith had a big moment at the beginning of the session after almost high-siding on the exit of Turn 11, smashing the bubble on his satellite Yamaha and forcing the British rider into the pits.
Rossi moved into third behind Marquez and Iannone, wit Pedrosa, Aleix Espargaro and Lorenzo next.
With five minutes remaining, Lorenzo closed to within 0.2 seconds of Marquez but Pedrosa put a cat amongst the pigeons with a blistering lap to take over at the head of the times by 0.2 seconds.
The Spaniard's moment of glory was shortlived though as Marquez blitzed his team-mate's time by a whopping 0.3 seconds to set a sizzling new record time at the Sachsenring, which stood until the finish.
Iannone held fourth behind Lorenzo, with Hernandez impressing in fifth as Rossi attempted to better his sixth position.
The nine-times world champion pushed hard on his final lap but a slide thwarted his chances of bettering his time and he remained in the final position on the second row.
Aleix Espargaro and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders Pol Espargaro and Smith form row three, with Crutchlow only 10th on the CWM LCR Honda.
Andrea Dovizioso continued to struggle at the Sachsenring as he slotted into 11th despite having the soft tyre advantage, followed by Maverick Vinales on the second of the Suzuki GSX-RR machines, who progressed to Q2 via Q1.
Scott Redding was 14th on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda after failing to progress from Q1 after showing promise during free practice on Friday, while Eugene Laverty was 23rd on the Aspar Honda, one place ahead of brother Michael on the Gresini Aprilia.
Hector Barbera was the leading Open class rider in 13th place on the Avintia Racing Ducati.
1. Marc Marquez
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Andrea Iannone
5. Yonny Hernandez
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Aleix Espargaro
8. Pol Espargaro
9. Bradley Smith
10. Cal Crutchlow
11. Andrea Dovizioso
12. Maverick Viñales
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