Rejuvenated Marquez on Pole in Germany

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Marc Marquez continued his recent revival by claiming a sensational pole position for the German Grand Prix, his first since Le Mans in May. The world champion smashed the Sachsenring lap record to see of Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa with Jorge Lorenzo half a second back on the leading Movistar Yamaha.

Andrea Iannone was the rider to make the quickest start in Q2, making good use of a slipstream from Lorenzo’s Yamaha, but Marquez soon established his superiority with a 1:20.838, already faster than the previous circuit record.

Lorenzo had no answer initially to the pace of the Honda but did eventually join Marc in the 1:20s on his second run. Little did he know it though, Marquez was already embarking on another record-breaking run and a 1:20.336 in the final two minutes saw him rubberstamp his place at the front of the grid. Pedrosa had briefly moved to the top of the leaderboard before falling back to second while Lorenzo had to make do with a place on the outside of row one.

Iannone tumbled down to fourth ahead of Yonny Hernandez who matched his career-best grid position in fifth while championship leader Valentino Rossi ensured he will start inside the front two rows with sixth spot, 0.884s off the pace.

Aleix Espargaro starts seventh for Suzuki, just ahead of his brother Pol, while Bradley Smith’s impressive practice pace didn’t quite translate into a lofty grid position, thanks in part to a huge moment at turn twelve on his first run. The Briton lines up ninth, one spot ahead of compatriot Cal Crutchlow.



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