MotoGP's Malaysian Grand Prix: Marc Marquez takes seventh spot on grid

MotoGP's Malaysian Grand Prix: Marc Marquez takes seventh spot on grid

Dovizioso's hopes of stopping Marquez clinching a second straight world title were buoyed when the Honda rider, who crashed at the end of one flying lap, finished outside the top six.

"I had to take my second bike but I didn't feel ideal on it, so I did a la that was good but not good enough", said Marquez, still not content with this qualifying position. "It's a nice feeling because I usually struggle in qualifying, but the track improved a lot with today's sunny conditions, offering good grip", Dani Pedrosa says. So everything was hard, going the opposite way.

Sepang: Dani Pedrosa snatched pole position in the dying seconds of a thrilling qualifying session for the Malaysian MotoGP on Saturday as world title hopeful Marc Marquez recovered from a crash to finish seventh.

"Then we sorted things out and I felt really good on the bike again in FP4, but in qualifying I crashed on my first run, which completely changed our plans".

Dovizioso also commented as this may be his final effort to hold of Marquez and claim the second MotoGP title for Ducati (Casey Stoner earned Ducati's only MotoGP title in 2007).

Pedrosa qualified with a time of 1 minute, 59.212 seconds, just 0.017 seconds faster than Italian Johann Zarco (Yamaha), with Dovizioso (another 0.007 behind on Ducati) completing the front row.

"Malaysia is one of the most hard tracks, the arrangement of the motorbikes will make a difference". The Repsol Honda rider's qualifying laps for this season's penultimate race were so jittery that they made his other not-so-remarkable outings at Sepang Circuit look good!

"I try to concentrate to be smoother, but it's quite hard".

"In the wet we are very competitive but with just one practice it wasn't easy to understand the speed of everybody and Marc was quite fast".

"For example, at this circuit, for his riding style, his weight on the straights, he is able to be very fast every year".

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