Fantastic Pole Position for Marc Marquéz2009-10-24 02:32
In sweltering heat and humidity at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Red Bull KTM 125 star Marc Marquéz rode to a supreme best time in today's qualifying session, conquering his second pole position of the year after the French Grand Prix at Le Mans in May.
The 16-old Spaniard didn't just edge ahead, he dominated the session, pulling away from his next rival by five hundreds of a second.
Pole setter Marc Marquez
"I knew that we would do well here, because I like this track very much and my Red Bull KTM runs well in hot conditions. In the qualifying session, I felt great on the bike from the beginning, and when we mounted fresh tyres for my final run, I had the chance to take a few of the strong riders out there as a reference, and could also take advantage of their slipstream. This made this pole position possible," beamed Marquéz.
"The race will be more important of course, but just to be able to start from the front gives you this little bit of extra motivation to do well and to put up a real fight. Racing on this track is never easy because you can't break away and there is always a big fight right until the end due to the slipstream battles on the long straights. It's important to settle into your own rhythm and to do your best without risking a crash. With a little luck, we'll be able to fight for a podium finish!"
Team director Harald Bartol joined the applauding crowd of mechanics and friends when Marquéz returned to the Red Bull KTM Moto Sport garage. "We all know that Marc is one of the most talented riders out there. He also is very strong physically, so the tough conditions here in Malaysia suit him very well. Our bike is also quite heat-resistant: It runs well despite the high temperatures, and we've found a good set up. I see this practice result as a reward for our work and for the fact that we never gave up and always tried to make the best out of our limited resources even when we learned that the involvement of KTM in this category will come to an end. We just hope that Marc will be able to prove his strength again in the race and transform our great practice performance into a good race result."
Team rookie Cameron Beaubier also put in a solid performance and secured 24th position on the starting grid at his first appearance on the 4.548 kilometer-track. "I was prepared for heat and humidity because my team-mate told me what it would be like, but riding in sticky conditions like these is still quite an experience", he said. "In first practice, I was just learning the track and struggled a bit with the turning of my bike. The transition from mid-corner to corner exit was especially difficult, but when my team lowered the front of the bike, I went much quicker straight away and started to feel quite comfortable. For the qualifying, we also changed something for the rear, but this didn't work out so we went back to our previous settings. I improved by two tenths of s second which was good but not enough. I was pushing hard, but the lap times just wouldn't come."
1. Marquez Marc, Spain, KTM, 2'13.756
2. Simon Julian, Spain, Aprilia, 2'13.811
3. Smith Bradley, England, Aprilia, 2'14.209
4. Cortese Sandro, Germany, Derbi, 2'14.231
5. Terol Nicolas, Spain, Aprilia, 2'14.403
other KTM rider:
24. Beaubier Cameron,USA, KTM, 2'16.533
Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG
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