Marquez takes third pole position of the season
Marc Márquez continues with his fast adaptation to the intermediate category. In his first visit to Sachsenring on his Moto2, the Repsol rider is complying with his fast learning process. After setting the eighth fastest time yesterday in the first day of practice, today Márquez had the best register in the qualifying session, after an intense battle with his countryman Aleix Espargaró and the leader of the championship, the local hero Stefan Bradl.
Emilio Alzamora’s pupil started the day setting the seventh fastest time in the morning’s third free practice session. In the morning Marc focused on improving the set-up of his bike, preparing it for this afternoon’s qualifying and, above all, for tomorrow’s race. The tyres and suspension and chassis set-up tests were the main job for Márquez and his team during the day. Then the moment arrived to fight for a position on tomorrow’s starting grid.
The qualifying session started with Marc Márquez cautiously setting his own pace and improving it during the 45 minutes of the session. The Repsol rider steadily improved his position in the classification until reaching the top ten by mid session. The intense work of his team during the three free practice sessions paid off and, in the last ten minutes, Márquez set several consecutive fastest laps that allowed him to set the fastest time, also showing a fast and consistent race pace. The Repsol rider was then able to secure his third pole position of the season. Now we will have to wait to see how things go tomorrow at the German track.
Marc Márquez FP3 – 1:25.609, 23 laps, 84 km. QP – 1:24.733 25 laps, 92 km.
“To achieve the pole position is important, because it reflects that we have got closer to the leaders, while yesterday we were not so comfortable.
Today the feeling was better, but I think we can still improve some things that we will test tomorrow in the warm-up. Anyway, I am happy, because we are progressively getting more confidence on this circuit, which is very difficult. It is Bradl’s home race, he is in very good form and it is difficult to be as fast as he is, so I am satisfied with what we achieved.
Tomorrow, in the race, we will see what happens, because he will surely do his best to offer a good performance to his fans, but we will try to do our own race and if I could get on the podium, I will be happy”.
Source: Repsol Media