MotoGP: Marquez claims pole for German GP

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Marc Marquez will start tomorrow’s MotoGP German Grand Prix from pole position after edging out Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa in qualifying at the Sachsenring on Saturday.

Marquez posted a fastest lap time of 1:20.336 to break his own lap record and claim his sixth consecutive pole position at the German circuit.

The two-time MotoGP world champion has a sequence of pole and wins stretching all the way back to 2010 when he was racing in the 125cc class, now known as Moto3.

“We will try for six wins, the most important thing is the confidence with the bike is really high,” Marquez said after the session.

“At this circuit I always get good results but this weekend I feel good and I’m constant. I was also fast over one lap so I’m happy, also happy with the work that we have done. Tomorrow is the most important so we have to keep on like this.”

Pedrosa did put up a fight for pole on the sister Honda bike, only to fall two-tenths of a second short and end in second place. Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo will start the race from third on the grid.

After securing pole position at the Dutch TT two weeks ago, championship leader Valentino Rossi struggled in qualifying at the Sachsenring, finishing sixth behind Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez.

Rossi has managed to fight his way through the field on a number of occasions in 2015, but with Marquez looking more comfortable on his 2014-spec bike, the Spaniard will head into tomorrow’s race with a golden opportunity to score his second win of the season.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”