Márquez leads all-Honda front row in Germany
12 July 2014 – Marc Márquez claimed pole position for the German Grand Prix in a fascinating qualifying session at the Sachsenring.
Márquez was only fourth after the first attempts in Q2 but a quick second run, allied to a crash for provisional pole-sitter and Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, lifted the championship leader into first position.
Márquez duly increased his own advantage as he set a 1:20.937 to move 0.296s clear of Pedrosa, who was unable to improve his provisional pole time after losing control of his bike at Turn 1.
LCR's Stefan Bradl made it an all-Honda front row as he qualified third, ahead of Forward Racing rider Aleix Espargaró.
The Yamaha duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi finished fifth and sixth respectively, with Andrea Iannone the top Ducati rider in seventh.
Pol Espargaró was eighth, with Tech 3 team-mate Bradley Smith taking ninth despite crashing out of the session in the closing stages.
Álvaro Bautista classified 10th, while Q1 participants Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden rounded out the Q2 runners.
Several Ducati riders battled it out in Q1 for a slot in the second segment. Cal Crutchlow missed out after crashing at the fast downhill right hander at Turn 11 while on a hot lap. The Briton was able to walk away from the scene and will line up in 15th position, behind Yonny Hernández and Scott Redding.
Hiroshi Aoyama was 16th, ahead of Karel Abraham and Michael Laverty, who achieved his best grid spot of the season.
Colin Edwards will start from 19th on the grid, with Héctor Barberá, Mike di Meglio, Broc Parkes and Danilo Petrucci completing the field.
Sunday's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring gets underway at 2pm local time (GMT +2)