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MOTOGP NEWS 

Sachsenring MotoGP: Marc Marquez on pole as Dani Pedrosa crashes

Marc Marquez claimed another MotoGP pole at the Sachsenring as his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa crashed amid their qualifying fight.

Pedrosa had held provisional pole for much of Q2, but fell at Turn 1 on his final bid.

Just after he did so, dominant championship leader Marquez deposed him - and then found another two tenths of a second to make certain of a seventh 2014 pole with a record 1m20.937s lap.

Pedrosa held on to second, as local hero Stefan Bradl made it an all-Honda front row on his LCR bike.

Friday pacesetter Aleix Espargaro had to settle for fourth. The Forward man was the quickest of the Yamaha contingent, with works men Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi sharing row two with him.

Both Espargaro and Bradl had initial spells on provisional pole before the factory Hondas surged forward.

Bradley Smith was on course for a top-six start before his fourth crash of the weekend left him behind Andrea Iannone and Pol Espargaro in ninth.

Neither works Ducati had made the automatic Q2 cut on practice times, and though they initially held first and second in Q1, a big crash at the high-speed downhill Turn 11 on his final run left Cal Crutchlow 15th on the grid.

Dovizioso was only second behind a flying Nicky Hayden in Q1, but managed to beat Yonny Hernandez to the second progression spot by 0.007s, with Scott Redding also within 0.032s of making Q2.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike             Time       Gap    
 1.  Marc Marquez      Honda                 1m20.937s         
 2.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 1m21.233s  +0.296s
 3.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda             1m21.340s  +0.403s
 4.  Aleix Espargaro   Forward Yamaha        1m21.376s  +0.439s
 5.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                1m21.508s  +0.571s
 6.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                1m21.651s  +0.714s
 7.  Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati         1m21.679s  +0.741s
 8.  Pol Espargaro     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m21.771s  +0.834s
 9.  Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m21.794s  +0.857s
10.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda         1m21.906s  +0.969s
11.  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                1m22.120s  +1.183s
12.  Nicky Hayden      Aspar Honda           1m22.647s  +1.710s
13.  Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati         1m22.411s  Q1     
14.  Scott Redding     Gresini Honda         1m22.436s  Q1     
15.  Cal Crutchlow     Ducati                1m22.529s  Q1     
16.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Aspar Honda           1m22.659s  Q1     
17.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Honda         1m22.778s  Q1     
18.  Michael Laverty   PBM Aprilia           1m22.845s  Q1     
19.  Colin Edwards     Forward Yamaha        1m22.888s  Q1     
20.  Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m23.029s  Q1     
21.  Mike di Meglio    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m23.423s  Q1     
22.  Broc Parkes       PBM Aprilia           1m23.428s  Q1     
23.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda Aprilia          1m23.484s  Q1     
                                                               
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