MotoGP – the Empire strikes back at Sachsenring

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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa put on a ruthless riding masterclass today at Germany’s Sachsenring, dominating qualifying with a 1-2 finish.

Having led every session so far of the weekend, Marquez 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 Marquez 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 Pedrosa 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 fifth win in MotoGP class in Sachsenring after wins in 2007, 2010, 2011 and in 2012.

Marquez said: “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.”

A resurgent Pedrosa was equally upbeat. He said: “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.”

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