MotoGP: Magnificent Marquez takes eighth consecutive German pole

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Marc Marquez has taken his eighth consecutive pole position at the Sachsenring for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix, extending an unbeaten record that extends back to his 125GP days by powering to an impressive top spot in wet conditions.

It was qualifying one mover Danilo Petrucci who looked to set the pace early on, and led the session for much of it, before losing out just as the session came to an end and being forced to settle for a front row tart splitting the Repsol Hondas, with Dani Pedrosa in third.

Cal Crutchlow was the best of the Brits in fourth place, heading up the second row of the grid from Jonas Folger and a strong run from Jorge Lorenzo in the rain.

Pol Espargaró, another qualifying one promoted rider, was seventh on a great run for the KTM, ahead of brother Aleix on the Aprilia, with Valentino Rossi rounding out the third row in ninth.

Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top ten, ahead of another poor result for Maverick Viñales in 11th and Alvaro Bautista in 12th. Bradley Smith was 15th after missing out on a chance for a Q2 promotion by catching traffic, with Sam Lowes 21st and Scott Redding 23rd.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer