Pole man Marquez unaffected by practice crash

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Despite a small crash in FP3 at the Hertz British Grand Prix, reigning World Champion Marc Marquez, thundered to his tenth pole of the season.

His Repsol Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa, will start from the second row in fifth place.

The pole time of 2’00.829 for Marquez on his final flying lap (six of seven) was just 0.138s off his record lap at Silverstone last year (2’00.691).

Pedrosa missed out on a front start by just 0.289s with his best lap of 2’01.464 on his final flying lap of seven.

Marquez commented, “It was a difficult qualifying session, because it was hard to get heat into the front tyre. However, I am happy with pole position - more than anything because of how comfortable I am feeling this weekend. I am finding it easy to set a fast pace, and this is important at this track, which is bumpy and long. Let's hope that we have a sunny day tomorrow, or at least that it doesn't rain, and we will try to fight for the win right from the first lap.”

Pedrosa added, “Today was a positive day and we have taken a step forward from yesterday with the setup. The tyres also performed better today than in the previous practice sessions. However, I think that we still need to fine-tune the setup to get the tyres performing even better. Qualifying didn't go completely smoothly, but we were able to put in a good lap. It will be important to get a good start tomorrow and find a strong pace in the race.”

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