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.