Márquez left to lament early Q2 crash
28 October 2017 – Marc Márquez rued a crash on his opening qualifying lap at the Malaysian Grand Prix, as he set only the seventh-best time during the 15-minute Q2 session.
Márquez lost the front end of his Honda RC213V through the final hairpin and slid onto the grass, leaving him without a benchmark effort, as he switched to his spare bike.
Márquez ultimately posted a lap but in a closely-contested session it was good enough for only seventh, marking his second-worst qualifying result in the premier class.
"We're not at our best at the moment, but I think our race pace is better then our qualifying position," he said.
"This morning we made a small mistake with the setup and lost the direction a little bit.
"Then we sorted things out and I felt really good on the bike again in FP4, but in qualifying I crashed on my first run, which completely changed our plans.
"I had to take my second bike but I didn't feel perfect on it, so I did a lap that was good but not good enough.
"Anyway, we're not happy with today but not completely disappointed either, as our pace isn't bad."
Team-mate Dani Pedrosa will line up from pole position after edging Tech 3's Johann Zarco by 0.017s.
"It's a nice feeling because I usually struggle in qualifying, but the track improved a lot with today's sunny conditions, offering good grip," said Pedrosa.
"Both tyres worked very well in qualifying, so I was able to find the rhythm on my first flying lap and set a good time, and then I pushed harder and improved on my second run.
"I made a couple of little mistakes but it was enough for the pole, which is fantastic."