WHAT IT TAKES AT THE TOP: Spanish Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo shows the concentration needed to be a top rider during second practice ahead of the 2014 Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang. He qualified third. Image: AFP / Mohd Rasfan
SEPANG, Malaysia - Marc Marquez has set a premier class record of 13th pole in one season in qualifying for the 2014 Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang.
Marquez, who scored his MotoGP title two weeks earlier in Japan, will be joined on the front row on Sunday by Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.
Australians Mick Doohan and Casey Stoner jointly held the record of 12 poles in a season.
Marquez filed a track record-breaking time of 1min59.791 to secure pole ahead of team mate Pedrosa who was 0.182sec slower. Lorenzo’s time just missed breaking two minutes by 0.203sec.
BRADL, DOVIZIOSO CLOSE
Marquez was the first rider below two minutes; it was also his 50th career pole and his 13th of the season – another record.
Stefan Bradl (Honda) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) each qualified on the second row of the grid and within a second of Marquez’ lap.
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), Aleix Espargaro (NGM), Cal Crutchlow (Ducati), Bradley Smith (Yamaha 3) and Alvaro Bautista (Honda Gresini) completed the top 10.
Pol Espargaro (Yamaha) broke a foot in a heavy crash during
practice but will be assessed on Sunday morning to see if he is capable of racing.
Hiroshi Aoyama was a faller early in qualifying but will line up 11th;Andrea Iannone was not so furtunate: he's been taken out of Sunday's race, his left arm damaged in a crash during Friday practice.
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min59.791
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min59.973
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 2min00.203
4 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 2min00.472
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 2min00.703
6 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 2min00.740
7 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 2min00.801
8 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati 2min01.119
9 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 2min01.263
10 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 2min02.29
1 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 2min07.429
2 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 2min07.587
3 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 2min07.706
4 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Kalex 2min07.754
5 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 2min07.849
6 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 2min07.875
7 Julian Simon (Spain) Kalex 2min07.886
8 Johann Zarco (France) Caterham Suter 2min07.956
9 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 2min08.133
10 Axel Pons (Spain) Kalex 2min08.144
1 Jack Miller (Australia) KTM 2min12.450
2 John McPhee (Britain) Honda 2min12.909
3 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM 2min13.016
4 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 2min13.040
5 Alex Marquez (Spain) Honda 2min13.315
6 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM 2min13.434
7 Danny Kent (Britain) Husqvarna 2min13.529
8 Isaac Vinales (Spain) KTM 2min13.556
9 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra 2min13.679
10 Enea Bastianini (Italy) KTM 2min13.709