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Márquez shines in German qualifying run

Márquez shines in German qualifying run

Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider Marc Márquez clinched the third pole position of his Moto2 career ahead of Sunday's race at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, chased by Stefan Bradl and Aleix Espargaró.

Championship leader Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) held provision pole in the first minutes of the qualifying session, but was moved to second when Espargaró (Pons HP 40) took the lead. Espargaró then dominated the session until Márquez stole provisional pole in the last 3 minutes, then improved his time to cement the position with a lap time of 1'24.733. Meanwhile the German rider, who finished ninth in the Moto2 race last year after missing the previous GP due to injuries, improved his time in the last seconds to post a 1'24.862, just 0.038s quicker than Espargaró, moving the Spaniard into third spot on the grid.

With the first 25 riders all within one second of each other, the battles for the second and third row positions was stiff, with Italian rider Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2) landing the front spot on the second row. Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) took fifth in a superb return to competition, with Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) completing the second row.

Third row is comprised of Belgian Xavier Simeon (Tech 3 B) and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing), with Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing, whose fourth place in the 125cc race in 2008 was his best result at the Sachsenring circuit, taking the final spot after a fall at the end of the session.

Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX), Max Neukirchner (MZ Racing) and Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) make up the fourth row, while Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing), who was fastest in the morning session, crashed in the qualifying session though was able to had a fall, but reentered to finish in 13th.


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