MotoGP

Marquez springs Sepang surprise – Malaysia MotoGP Qualifying

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

POS RIDER TEAM LAP/RACE TIME
1 Marquez Honda 2:00:011
2 Rossi Yamaha 2:00:336
3 Crutchlow Yamaha 2:00:359
4 Lorenzo Yamaha 2:00:578
5 Pedrosa Honda 2:00:692
6 Bautista Honda 2:00:974
7 Smith Yamaha 2:01:306
8 Dovizioso Ducati 2:01:635
9 Espargaro ART 2:02:151
10 Iannone Ducati 2:02:536
11 Hayden Ducati 2:02:900
12 Bradl Honda No Time
13 Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki 2:02:858
14 Corti FTR Kawasaki 2:03:175
15 Barbera FTR 2:03:212
16 Aoyama FTR 2:03:418
17 Hernandez Ducati 2:03:651
18 De Puniet ART 2:03:805
19 Laverty ART 2:04:198
20 Petrucci Ioda-Suter 2:04:310
21 Scassa ART 2:05:199
22 Staring FTR-Honda 2:06:038
23 Pesek Ioda-Suter 2:06:203
24 Cudlin PBM 2:06:273
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