Marquez on pole in Germany for eighth year in a row

Ruben Hill
July 2, 2017

Now we just need to focus on the race, which will be tough as there are many fast riders with a good pace, starting with my teammate! The rhythm was incredible.

"When I saw that it was going to be a wet qualifying session, I set a front-row position as my target", Marquez says.

"Leading the championship is something I couldn't believe. It seems that it won't rain, but whatever conditions we find, it will be okay, as we have a really good pace both in the dry and in the wet".

Pedrosa finished a lonely third ahead of a cracking battle for fourth shared between Valentino Rossi, Maverick Viñales, Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci, Alvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaró, with Viñales eventually taking fourth from Rossi and Bautista.

"I was behind [Marquez] trying to save tyres, suddenly I made one big mistake in Turn 1, I lost a little bit to Marc, I tried to recover and, yeah, I burned the tyre". Then at the end I really pushed.

For his part, Marquez - who now leads the championship - admitted he was wary of the threat from Folger late in the race, after initial attempts to shake off the German proved unsuccessful.

"I didn't have the laptime that he made in the last two laps but, really, I thought I can beat him today".

Marquez on pole in Germany for eighth year in a row
Marquez on pole in Germany for eighth year in a row

"I don't know what to say". I couldn't match him at the end.

"I had a good rhythm but the tyre, two laps before [the end], gave up".

Pole extended Marquez's unbeaten qualifying run at the circuit since his graduation to MotoGp in 2013, and was also his eighth-successive pole in any of the MotoGP categories.

With the season at its halfway stage, the five-time world champion is poised to claim his fourth MotoGP crown in just five years.

Dovizioso leads Vinales by four points with five different winners in the first eight races.

Ducati, who went five years without a podium finish in Germany until Dovizioso came third last season, struggled again and Dovizioso had to dig deep to hold off last year's Moto2 champion Johann Zarco for eighth.

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