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2014 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Results | Marquez Earns Pole

2014 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Results

Casey Stoner’s record lap of 1:21.067 at Sachsenring in Germany was untouchable for the past five years. But that changed Saturday during qualifying for round nine of 2014 MotoGP – the German Grand Prix.

En route to his seventh pole of 2014 MotoGP, the reigning champion Marc Marquez set a new lap-record at Sachsenring – a 1:20.937.

Joining Marquez on the front row is teammate Dani Pedrosa – who crashed with three minutes remaining in qualifying – and home favorite, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl.

“The weekend has been affected by the crash I suffered yesterday, but I kept my nerve and little by little we’ve been getting better. I felt good yesterday afternoon and I was much better this morning,” Marquez says.

“In the few laps I did in FP4, I could see that we had a good pace and a chance to fight for pole position. With the first tire I didn’t feel entirely comfortable, but with the second one I had a good feeling and could see that there was good grip – so I decided to push a little more and put in a strong lap.

“Starting from the front is important for the race tomorrow, because this is a circuit where it is difficult to overtake. We will try and keep up the pace from practice, which I think has been good.”

Marquez, who won every round so far this season, was untouchable; he finished 0.296 of a second ahead of Pedrosa, and 0.403 ahead of Bradl.

Heading up the second row is the top open-class rider so far this season, NGM Forward Racing Yamaha’s Aleix Espargaro. He is joined on the second row by the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, respectively.

Pramac Racing Ducati’s Andrea Iannone qualified seventh, ahead of the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha duo of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith. The latter suffered a crash in Q2, but walked away unharmed.

The fourth row consists of G0&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and Drive M7 Aspar’s Nicky Hayden. The latter two made it from Qualifying 1.

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) missed out on a Q2 ride having crashed at high speed at turn 11, taking a big tumble through the gravel at the end of Q1. Crutchlow was unhurt and quickly went back to his pit box for a debrief despite initially looking quite shaken by the accident, MotoGP reports.

The riders will return to Sachsenring Sunday for the Germany Grand Prix, which will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Coverage begins at 7 a.m. EDT, and includes a rerun of Assen MotoGP.

For a preview, visit 2014 German MotoGP Preview.

2014 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 291.8 1’20.937

2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 292.8 1’21.233 0.296 / 0.296

3 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 293.1 1’21.340 0.403 / 0.107

4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 286.0 1’21.376 0.439 / 0.036

5 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 289.4 1’21.508 0.571 / 0.132

6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 292.6 1’21.651 0.714 / 0.143

7 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 289.5 1’21.679 0.742 / 0.028

8 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 291.4 1’21.771 0.834 / 0.092

9 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 290.4 1’21.794 0.857 / 0.023

10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 292.4 1’21.906 0.969 / 0.112

11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 291.9 1’22.120 1.183 / 0.214

12 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 279.0 1’22.647 1.710 / 0.527

13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 286.7 1’22.411 0.037 / 0.007

14 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 278.2 1’22.436 0.062 / 0.025

15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 290.8 1’22.529 0.155 / 0.093

16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 283.2 1’22.659 0.285 / 0.130

17 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 279.0 1’22.778 0.404 / 0.119

18 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 278.2 1’22.845 0.471 / 0.067

19 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 283.1 1’22.888 0.514 / 0.043

20 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 279.1 1’23.029 0.655 / 0.141

21 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 277.3 1’23.423 1.049 / 0.394

22 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 277.0 1’23.428 1.054 / 0.005

23 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 272.2 1’23.484 1.110 / 0.056

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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