Marc Marquez exploited a day of misfortune for team-mate Dani Pedrosa to take pole position for tomorrow’s Sepang Malaysian MotoGP race.
Pedrosa had been the fastest of the two already bitter rivals throughout practice, but was unable to find a gap for either of his two flying laps in the final session and was relegated to 5th, with Marquez taking full advantage.
Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo tried a contrary strategy to his Honda-mounted rivals, but faded to 4th place after spending some time at the top of the timesheets; his own team-mate Valentino Rossi ensured Yamaha started 2nd at least, with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow making it onto the front row after some recent disappointing races.
German Stefan Bradl crashed heavily in FP4, fracturing his left ankle and was unable to take part in qualifying.
CLASSIFICATION – QUALIFYING – MALAYSIA MOTOGP
|13||Colin Edwards||FTR Kawasaki||2:02:858|