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Sensational pole man Marquez expects race battle with Pedrosa

Sensational pole man Marquez expects race battle with Pedrosa

Marc Marquez set a new pole record time of 1’58.791 on Saturday in Q2 at Sepang - his 13th pole of the year – but he believes his Repsol Honda colleague Dani Pedrosa will be a threat from second on the grid on Sunday.  

Marquez had already equaled the existing record of 12 premier class poles previously held jointly by Australians Casey Stoner and Mick Doohan, but now the young Spaniard holds the record outright thanks to his latest Q2 success story.

Despite a crash earlier in the day Marquez qualified 0.182s ahead of Pedrosa and then stated, “I’m really happy for the pole position this weekend. Especially Friday we were trying a lot of things for the future. This morning we saw that we were still struggling for the best set up. In FP4 on the second bike after the crash I felt really good and I was able to find the same feeling from the winter test. The times were really fast especially for the conditions. It will be a good race with Dani as he has a good rhythm. Jorge will be there at the start but Dani is very strong over race distance. If it’s wet we’ll see, anything could happen.”

He added, “I'm also happy to have broken the record. Maybe pole positions are somewhat insignificant because they don't give you any points, but you achieve them by being the fastest rider over a single lap. That doesn't mean that you will be the fastest in the race, of course, so the most important thing is what happens tomorrow.”

Pedrosa is strong at Sepang and he commented, “It was a good qualifying session. The times that were being put in were amazing, because in this heat the bikes don't normally go that fast and the tyres don't tend to have so much grip. We will try to have a good race, because the last two have not been great for us. We have a strong desire to take a good result, and we also need one if we want to finish runner-up in the Championship, but the first thing that we have to do is push 100% tomorrow regardless of whether it rains.”

MotoGP, 2014, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GP, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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