Honda’s Marquez Earns Pole for Sachsenring MotoGP

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa

2013 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Results

For the third time in 2013 MotoGP, the rookie Marc Marquez will start from the pole position. The Spaniard piloted his Repsol Honda RC213V to a 1:21.311 around the Sachsenring Circuit, taking the top qualifying spot Saturday ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi.

Unfortunately for Marquez’s teammate, the current points leader Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniard suffered a high-side crash, injuring his left collarbone. Pedrosa was classified 12th, though he’s questionable for Sunday’s MotoGP. This is the same shoulder Pedrosa had issues with in 2011 MotoGP.

As for the man who trails Pedrosa by seven points, the reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo will suffer a DNS at Sachsenring due to re-injuring his shoulder following a nasty high-side at turn 11 during Friday’s second free practice session. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider flew home to Barcelona and underwent successful surgery to repair further injuries to his left collarbone.

Marquez also suffered a crash in the third free practice, but quickly bounced back as he has after other wrecks this season. Marquez was fierce, his top time within three-tenths of a second of Casey Stoner’s best lap at Sachsenring, which as set on qualifying tires in 2008 (Ducati Team).

Marquez, who also took the pole at Circuit of the Americas in Texas and Le Mans in France, qualified 0.123 of a second ahead of Crutchlow, and 0.182 ahead of Rossi, who won Assen MotoGP two weeks ago.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “I’m very happy with this pole position. It’s important to start from the front row at this circuit, since it’s quite difficult to overtake! I felt very comfortable, especially after the pace I had in FP4.

“In qualifying I struggled a little to get the most out of the bike, but things went better on our second exit. I think we have done a great job and we will try to do our best, have a good race and fight for the podium, and with a little luck for the victory. After I saw Dani’s [Pedrosa] crash this morning I was definitely a little more cautious going through turn one. I really hope he recovers quickly and can race tomorrow. It will be a difficult race, because Valentino will be fighting also Stefan [Bradl] and Cal [Crutchlow], if he’s okay physically, will be up there as well.”

The Brit Crutchlow was in pain following two heavy crashes on Friday.

Cal Crutchlow (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “I am really pleased to be back on the front row after all the drama of yesterday. They were two really big crashes in practice and my body took a bit of beating to be honest.

“The first crash was completely my fault because I made a mistake on the brakes but the second was because the front tyre was cold. It was definitely my worst day of the season, so to put all that behind me and get a front row when I am not close to my physical best is a great achievement. When I woke up this morning I didn’t feel that great because my body took a big impact in a few places.

“I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to ride and just to be out there is great. It is going to be a very difficult race in my condition but I will be giving it my all to get another podium. Today was a great result for my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew. I gave them plenty of work to do yesterday but they did a great job and as always I am grateful for their efforts.”

As for Rossi, this is his first front-row start in 988 days; his last was at the Portuguese Grand Prix in 2010.

Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “I’m very happy, from one side not a lot because the first position was very close but the target was to come back to the front row and I was able to. I was able to do it in a good way because I did a good lap riding well and also my gap to pole position is very close which is very important.

“I feel good with the bike, I have a good setting and I have quite a good pace also. Now we have to put everything together for tomorrow and try to slide the rear a bit less. I am a bit worried about the second part of the race; that will be very hard for everybody. If we want to stay with Marc we have to make a small improvement for tomorrow. Anyway, I am so happy, the last front row for me was in 2010 in Le Mans, a long, long time ago. Tomorrow it will be a strange feeling to have nobody in front!

“For Jorge it is a great pity because he made a small mistake and unfortunately landed on the wrong shoulder. After what he did in Assen he was very close to a superhero. It’s a pity also for his championship but now I think he’s made the right choice to take some quiet time to recover. For him the Championship will be hard but still not impossible before the end.”

Heading up the second row is LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, who led Friday’s practice session. Joining the German on the second row is the top CRT finisher in every race so far in 2013 MotoGP, Power Electronics Aspar CRT’s Aleix Espargaro, and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden.

Starting seventh is Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith, the final rider to post within a second of Marquez. Qualifying in eighth and ninth was GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Highly impressive performances from Danilo Petrucci and Claudio Corti saw the pair of Italians topping Q1 and thus progressing to the Q2 shootout for the first time; Corti will start tenth on the grid for NGM Mobile Forward Racing, whereas Petrucci experienced an issue in Q2 and will set off from 11th for Came IodaRacing Project.

At the back of the grid and in 23rd place will be Energy T.I. Racing’s Andrea Iannone, who dislocated his right shoulder in a crash during the final practice session. Hector Barbera (Avintia Blusens, 14th) was also in discomfort after twisting his right ankle in morning practice, whereas GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Bryan Staring was left 22nd fastest after suffering a large high side on the exit of Turn 3, MotoGP says.

Sachsenring MotoGP, round eight of 18, will get underway at 2 p.m. local time Sunday. SPEED TV will broadcast the race stateside beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET.

2013 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Results:

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 291.1 1’21.311
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 288.0 1’21.434 0.123 / 0.123
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 288.7 1’21.493 0.182 / 0.059
4 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 290.4 1’21.862 0.551 / 0.369
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 278.0 1’21.887 0.576 / 0.025
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 286.8 1’22.157 0.846 / 0.270
7 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 286.7 1’22.297 0.986 / 0.140
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 290.7 1’22.484 1.173 / 0.187
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 287.4 1’22.561 1.250 / 0.077
10 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 275.7 1’23.059 1.748 / 0.498
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 272.2 1’23.361 2.050 / 0.302
26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda
3 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 270.5 1’23.152 0.052 / 0.004
4 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 274.3 1’23.333 0.233 / 0.181
5 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 284.2 1’23.349 0.249 / 0.016
6 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 276.7 1’23.549 0.449 / 0.200
7 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 270.6 1’23.565 0.465 / 0.016
8 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 278.3 1’23.631 0.531 / 0.066
9 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 272.1 1’23.752 0.652 / 0.121
10 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 276.5 1’23.820 0.720 / 0.068
11 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 267.2 1’24.395 1.295 / 0.575
12 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 269.5 1’27.273 4.173 / 2.878
29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati


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