Marquez threatens to snatch championship lead

Marquez threatens to snatch championship lead
Saturday, 13 July 2013

With at least one of the two riders ahead of him in the championship out of action and the other injured, Sachsenring pole-sitter Marc Marquez could retake the lead of the championship should he clinch a second victory on Sunday.

By finishing second at Assen a fortnight ago, while Repsol Honda Team partner Dani Pedrosa was fourth and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo fifth, 20-year-old rookie Marquez moved back to within one race win of the championship lead.

On Saturday, he clinched a third premier class pole and will start 11 positions in front of teammate Pedrosa, but only if the latter - who sustained a fracture to his left collarbone in practice - is able to race. World Champion Lorenzo is already on the sidelines, having broken his own left collarbone in The Netherlands before causing further damage in a Sachsenring crash on Friday.

"From the beginning I have felt quite good here," Marquez commented. "We have seen many crashes here. We did a very good job, I feel quite good with the bike and the rhythm is not so bad. I think tomorrow Cal (Crutchlow) and Valentino (Rossi) will be ready to fight for the victory. We will try to be on the podium and, if it is possible to fight for victory, we will see how we can try to manage it.

"From the beginning I felt quite good on this circuit. The first part is quite similar to Moto2™ but the last part quite difficult. The positive thing is that it is quite a short circuit, which allows me to do more laps and that helps to learn it."

Marquez currently sits 23 points in arrears of championship leader Pedrosa. Should Pedrosa be unable to race - or he finishes 15th or lower - while Marquez celebrates his second victory of the year (after Texas), the newcomer will retake the overall advantage by two points.

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