Marquez takes dominant pole
|By Simon Strang||Saturday, July 17th 2010, 11:54 GMT|
World championship leader Marc Marquez crushed his rivals in qualifying for the German 125cc Grand Prix by taking a throroughly dominant sixth pole position of the season.
The 17-year-old Derbi rider pushed points rival Pol Espargaro back to second in the final minutes of the session with an extraordinary lap of 1m26.053s, some 0.8s under the qualifying record set by Gabor Talmacsi in 2007.
Marquez's advantage may have been amplified somewhat by the clear track he enjoyed as opposed to the traffic Espargaro was locked in - nevertheless the Spaniard didn't look likely to crack that time.
With Nico Terol having opted not to race this weekend, following the injuries picked up in Catalunya, Bradley Smith was left to uphold Aspar honours with third. The Briton however, was some 1.3s away from the pole.
Home rider Sandro Cortese slipped ahead of Randy Krummenacher in the final moments to take fourth, the Swiss meanwhile equalling his best grid position of the season.
Tomoyoshi Koyama was sixth fastest on the Aprilia ahead of Johann Zarco, Esteban Rabat and Danny Webb.
Pos Rider Bike Time Gap 1. Marc Marquez Derbi 1m26.053s 2. Pol Espargaro Derbi 1m26.596s + 0.543s 3. Bradley Smith Aprilia 1m27.378s + 1.325s 4. Sandro Cortese Derbi 1m27.387s + 1.334s 5. Randy Krummenacher Aprilia 1m27.480s + 1.427s 6. Efren Vazquez Derbi 1m27.647s + 1.594s 7. Tomoyoshi Koyama Aprilia 1m27.824s + 1.771s 8. Johann Zarco Aprilia 1m28.069s + 2.016s 9. Esteve Rabat Aprilia 1m28.075s + 2.022s 10. Danny Webb Aprilia 1m28.324s + 2.271s 11. Jonas Folger Aprilia 1m28.499s + 2.446s 12. Jasper Iwema Aprilia 1m28.720s + 2.667s 13. Alberto Moncayo Aprilia 1m28.826s + 2.773s 14. Alexis Masbou Aprilia 1m28.854s + 2.801s 15. Marcel Schrotter Honda 1m28.975s + 2.922s 16. Jakub Kornfeil Aprilia 1m29.054s + 3.001s 17. Simone Grotzkyj Aprilia 1m29.091s + 3.038s 18. Toni Finsterbusch KTM 1m29.225s + 3.172s 19. Adrian Martin Aprilia 1m29.397s + 3.344s 20. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Aprilia 1m29.506s + 3.453s 21. Luis Salom Aprilia 1m29.577s + 3.524s 22. Sturla Fagerhaug Aprilia 1m29.819s + 3.766s 23. Michael van der Mark Lambretta 1m29.868s + 3.815s 24. Louis Rossi Aprilia 1m30.123s + 4.070s 25. Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1m30.138s + 4.085s 26. Daniel Kartheininger KTM 1m30.476s + 4.423s 27. Luca Marconi Aprilia 1m30.634s + 4.581s 28. Eric Hubsch Aprilia 1m30.656s + 4.603s 29. Marvin Fritz Honda 1m31.502s + 5.449s 30. Kevin Hanus Honda 1m31.519s + 5.466s 31. Marco Ravaioli Lambretta 1m31.703s + 5.650s