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TOP MARQUEZ: Honda's ace rookie took the third pole of his first MotoGP season at the Sachsenring for the 2013 German MotpGP. Image: AFP

SACHESNRING, Germany - MotoGP championship leader Dani Pedrosa will start 12th on the grid for Sunday's 2013 German MotoGP if he recovers in time after being injured in a crash during practice and missing qualifying on Saturday.

The Spaniard came off his Honda exiting the first corner at the Sachsenring and after initial checks on site he was taken by helicopter to a hospital in nearby Chemnitz.

A further X-ray and a scan showed the 27-year-old had sustained a "minor fracture" to his left collarbone and he decided to rest instead of taking part in qualifying.


Pedrosa's team mate and compatriot Marc Marquez took pole, the third of his fledgling MotoGP career, ahead of Britain's Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi of Italy, each on a Yamaha.

"The goal is always to get on the podium," said Marquez, before admitting he was concerned about the form of veteran Rossi. "Valentino looks very strong, he'll be difficult to beat."

Having claimed his first win since 2010 at the Dutch GP a fortnight earlier, six-times World MotoGP champion Rossi, now 34, was happy with his first front row start in three years. "I'm fighting back with the best. Qualifying times like that confirm my result at Assen."

Crutchlow will start inside the top two for the third race in succession despite two heavy falls on Friday which have left him in pain; Rossi will be on the front row for the first time since the Portuguese GP in 2010.

Race organisers said: "Should he wish to compete in the race Pedrosa (he won the previous three German GP's) will be revaluated by medical staff on Sunday morning. If this is the case and he passes the relevant tests, he will start 12th by virtue of his lap times from combined practice."

Pedrosa's setback follows the withdrawal on Friday of compatriot Jorge Lorenzo, the World champion.

Yamaha rider Lorenzo, second in the 2013 standings after seven of 18 races, flew to Barcelona for another operation on his damaged left shoulder after he crashed in practice. He broke a collarbone in practice for the Dutch GP at Assen two weeks earlier and had a titanium plate inserted with eight screws but the plate was bent in Friday's spill.


Joaquin Rodriguez, the surgeon who carried out the procedure, told motogp.com that Lorenzo had a new plate inserted on Saturday which needed 11 screws,

"It is yet to be confirmed whether he will contest next weekend's ninth round of 2013 at Laguna Seca," organisers said.

MotoGP qualifying
1 Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 1min21.311
2 Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) +0.123
3 Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) +0.182
4 Stefan Bradl (GER/Honda LCR) +0.551
5 Aleix Espargaro (ITA/ART) +0.576
6 Nicky Hayden (USA/Ducati) +0.846
7 Bradley Smith (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) +0.986
8 Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda Gresini) +1.173
9 Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) +1.250
10 Claudio Corti (ITA/Kawasaki) +1.748
11 Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ioda-Suter) +2.050
12 Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) injured, missed qualifying

Moto2 qualification
1 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Kalex 1min24.665
2 Jordi Torres (Spain) Suter 1min24.678
3 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex 1min24.704
4 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 1min24.840
5 Simone Corsi (Italy) Speed up 1min24.858
6 Julian Simon (Spain) Kalex 1min24.919
7 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 1min24.931
8 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 1min24.963
9 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 1min24.990
10 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Speed up 1min25.032

Moto3 qualification
1 Alex Rins (Spain) KTM 1min27.300
2 Luis Salom (Spain) KTM 1min27.480
3 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra 1min27.559
4 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 1min27.579
5 Jack Miller (Australia) FTR 1min27.599
6 Maverick Vinales (Spain) KTM 1min27.694
7 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Mahindra 1min27.753
8 Romano Fenati (Italy) FTR 1min27.810
9 Jasper Iwema (Netherlands) Kalex 1min27.815
10 Alex Marquez (Spain) KTM 1min27.818


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