Marquez claims record 13th pole

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Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Marc Marquez claimed a record 13th MotoGP pole position of the season in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

The Spaniard, who reclaimed his MotoGP title earlier this month with a second-placed finish at the Japanese MotoGP, beat Repsol Honda Team team-mate Dani Pedrosa to first place with a time of one minute 59.791 seconds.

Pedrosa, who topped the time sheets during Friday’s rain-affected practice session, was 0.182secs adrift in second, while Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was a further 0.230s back in third to make it a Spanish top-three.

LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl will start the race in fourth place, ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso in fifth and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in sixth.

NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro beat British pair Cal Crutchlow (Ducati) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech) to seventh, while Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) rounds off the top 10.

Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive M7 Aspar) brought up the rear by finishing 11th in final qualifying – more than 10 seconds adrift of Marquez’s winning time.

Marquez and Pedrosa were the only riders to break the two-minute barrier at the Sepang International Circuit and the champion is looking forward to renewing his duel with his fellow Spaniard in Sunday’s race.

“It will be a good race with Dani as he has a good rhythm,” he told www.motogp.com.

“Jorge will be there at the start, but Dani is very strong over race distance. If it’s wet we’ll see, anything could happen.”

Marquez added: “I’m also happy to have broken the record.

“Maybe pole positions are somewhat insignificant because they don’t give you any points, but you achieve them by being the fastest rider over a single lap.

“That doesn’t mean that you will be the fastest in the race, of course, so the most important thing is what happens tomorrow.”

Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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