Marc Marquez beats Stefan Bradl to Sachsering Moto2 pole

Marc Marquez denied his Moto2 title rival Stefan Bradl a home pole position in qualifying at the Sachsenring

Marc Marquez beats Stefan Bradl to Sachsering Moto2 pole

After running outside the top 10 at first, Marquez surged to the front and then held off a late challenge from Bradl with a 1m24.733s lap - 0.129 seconds ahead of the points leader.

Aleix Espargaro (Pons) sat on provisional pole for a spell before ending up third, ahead of Gresini's Michele Pirro.

Julian Simon announced his return after breaking his leg at Catalunya with a superb fifth place on the grid on the Aspar Suter.

Home rider Max Neukirchner looked set to fight for pole for a while for MZ, before sliding to 11th as others improved.

Practice pacesetter Yuki Takahashi crashed early and had to miss most of the session, leaving him 13th.

Other incidents included a massive crash for Jules Cluzel, who immediately got up but required assistance from the marshals while in the gravel, and a late fall for Bradley Smith. The Briton had managed to keep upright through a wild gravel trip early in the session, but was not so successful when he went off again on his final lap.

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Marc Marquez Catalunya Suter 1m24.733s 2. Stefan Bradl Kiefer Kalex 1m24.862s + 0.129s 3. Aleix Espargaro Pons Kalex 1m24.900s + 0.167s 4. Michele Pirro Gresini Moriwaki 1m25.085s + 0.352s 5. Julian Simon Aspar Suter 1m25.189s + 0.456s 6. Alex de Angelis JIR Motobi 1m25.223s + 0.490s 7. Xavier Simeon Tech 3 1m25.235s + 0.502s 8. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Suter 1m25.271s + 0.538s 9. Bradley Smith Tech 3 1m25.304s + 0.571s 10. Yonny Hernandez Blusens FTR 1m25.310s + 0.577s 11. Max Neukirchner MZ 1m25.379s + 0.646s 12. Thomas Luthi Paddock Suter 1m25.434s + 0.701s 13. Yuki Takahashi Gresini Moriwaki 1m25.443s + 0.710s 14. Pol Espargaro Speed Up FTR 1m25.453s + 0.720s 15. Randy Krummenacher Kiefer Kalex 1m25.456s + 0.723s 16. Jordi Torres Aspar Suter 1m25.465s + 0.732s 17. Jules Cluzel Forward Suter 1m25.495s + 0.762s 18. Esteve Rabat Blusens FTR 1m25.510s + 0.777s 19. Axel Pons Pons Kalex 1m25.515s + 0.782s 20. Kenan Sofuoglu Technomag-CIP Suter 1m25.579s + 0.846s 21. Simone Corsi Ioda FTR 1m25.613s + 0.880s 22. Mike di Meglio Tech 3 1m25.616s + 0.883s 23. Scott Redding Marc VDS Suter 1m25.637s + 0.904s 24. Ricard Cardus QMMF Moriwaki 1m25.723s + 0.990s 25. Andrea Iannone Speed Master Suter 1m25.788s + 1.055s 26. Kenny Noyes Avintia FTR 1m25.806s + 1.073s 27. Claudio Corti Italtrans Suter 1m25.851s + 1.118s 28. Dominique Aegerter Technomag-CIP Suter 1m25.870s + 1.137s 29. Alex Baldolini Forward Suter 1m25.872s + 1.139s 30. Valentin Debise Speed Up FTR 1m25.900s + 1.167s 31. Anthony West MZ 1m26.130s + 1.397s 32. Ratthapark Wilairot SAG FTR 1m26.211s + 1.478s 33. Mattia Pasini Ioda FTR 1m26.340s + 1.607s 34. Robertino Pietri Italtrans Suter 1m26.482s + 1.749s 35. Santiago Hernandez SAG FTR 1m27.166s + 2.433s 36. Steven Odendaal MS Suter 1m27.591s + 2.858s 37. Tommaso Lorenzetti Castello FTR 1m27.816s + 3.083s 38. Mashel Al Naimi QMMF Moriwaki 1m28.412s + 3.679s 
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Series Moto2
Drivers Alex Marquez
Author Matt Beer