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Eighth consecutive pole for Marquez at the Sachsenring

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took a stunning last dash pole position at the German GP after rain came down on Q2, beating Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) to the top on his final lap of the Sachsenring. That makes it eight years in a row - from the 125 World Championship to MotoGP - that the number 93 has taken pole at the venue, with each having been converted into a race win. It’s also Marquez’ 40th pole in the premier class.

There was frustration for Petrucci, who thought a first ever pole position was within reach. The 26-year old Italian, who recently signed an extension to stay with Pramac Ducati in '18, used his experience in Q1 to get a feel for the track. Thus he was considerably faster than the rest in the opening six minutes of Q2. Petrucci gradually quickened his pace further as the start of a drying line formed around the track. Still, a third straight front row start isn't a bad consolation for missing out.

Like Marquez, Dani Pedrosa must sense an opportunity to get back into the title race. The Spaniard was quick throughout, and appeared the most likely to challenge Petrucci, until his younger team-mate found his groove. Pedrosa was just under half a second slower than the Italian. Cal Crutchlow will lead the second row away thanks to securing the fourth fastest time, a place ahead of home hero Jonas Folger. Jorge Lorenzo (sixth) will be relieved to be back among the top six after his Assen nightmare.

KTM achieved its best qualifying result in MotoGP to date thanks to sterling work from Pol Espargaro. Like Petrucci, the Catalan navigated his way through Q1, his last lap in that session pushing a frustrated Jack Miller (13th) back a place. In the end he would out-qualify brother Aleix (eighth), no mean feat considering the Aprilia RS-GP's speed this weekend.

There would be no miracle cure for Movistar Yamaha, with Rossi struggling to ninth. Only a late switch to Michelin's medium rear wet tyre improved his fortunes, as he had been the last of the twelve riders. Dovizioso was a disappointing tenth, and Viñales – so quick in this morning's FP3 – will no doubt be bemused with eleventh, the same qualifying position he achieved at Assen last week. No doubt about it, both Rossi and Viñales will be praying for a dry race on Sunday. Alvaro Bautista was twelfth.

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