MotoGP, superb 1-2 for Repsol Honda as Marquez takes pole number four of 2015

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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa put on a masterclass today at Germany’s Sachsenring, dominating qualifying with a 1-2 finish. Having led every session so far of the weekend, Marc began qualifying calm but confident. He smashed his own lap record by 0.6 seconds (1’20.937, 2014) on his second qualifying run with his time of 1’20.336 (lap 6/8). Tomorrow Marc will be looking to make it six successive wins at the German GP – all from pole position – after two wins in MotoGP (2013, 2014), two wins in Moto2 (2011 and 2012) and one win in 125cc (2010). Teammate Dani has also been extremely competitive all weekend and qualified second for tomorrow’s 30 lap race with time of 1’20.628 (lap 7/10). Dani will be pushing for his 5th win in MotoGP class in Sachsenring after wins in 2007, 2010, 2011 & in 2012. (Hondaracingcorporation.com)

MARC MARQUEZ – 1ST  1’20.336

After FP3, I was expecting to set a 1’20.7 or 1’20.6 this afternoon. However, when I saw that I had set a 1’20.3, I decided that it was best to stop and not do any more laps as that’s when crashes happen! I am happy with my fast lap, but above all I am pleased with my pace and how I feel on the bike. It seems as if we are gradually getting better with that, but I am aware that tomorrow’s race will be a tough 30 laps and that Dani is very strong here, as are Jorge and Valentino, but I feel ready to fight for the victory.”

DANI PEDROSA – 2ND  1’20.628

I’m happy because we had a good qualifying session and productive practice sessions beforehand, with a strong pace. Now that we are on the front row tomorrow it will be important to make a good start at this circuit, because it is vital for the race. The track is so small that you benefit a lot from being at the front, so hopefully this time we can go with the first group. The front tyre choice will also be important. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow, because we’re eager to get a good result. Marc has a slightly stronger pace than mine, but we will try to do well and have a good race.”

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’20.336
2 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’20.628
3 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’20.921
4 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 1’21.029
5 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing 1’21.115
6 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’21.220
7 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’21.239
8 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’21.274
9 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’21.329
10 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda 1’21.409
11 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’21.503
12 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’21.796
13 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 1’21.628
14 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’21.632
15 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing 1’21.760
16 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’22.049
17 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing 1’22.195
18 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda 1’22.225
19 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Aspar MotoGP Team 1’22.362
20 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing 1’22.394
21 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing 1’22.441
22 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN AB Motoracing 1’22.543
23 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team