Motorcycling-Marquez snatches pole for Australian Grand Prix

Motorcycling-Marquez snatches pole for Australian Grand Prix

Marc Marquez vowed on Thursday he would fight for victory at the Malaysian MotoGP as he heads into the season's penultimate race with a chance of clinching his second straight world title.

The factory Ducati rider has been quick in both wet and dry practices this weekend but says it is more hard to know who can challenge should it rain tomorrow as the field has only had one practice - which he topped by half a second.

The 24-year-old crashed his Repsol Honda in his first flying lap of the session on Saturday, and was forced to use his spare bike, which just magnified the discomfort he was enduring, trying to manage his twitchy bike fast enough around the corners. "This morning we made a small mistake with the setup and lost the direction a little bit", said Marquez after the race at the Sepang International Circuit.

"Were not at our best at the moment, but I think our race pace is better then our qualifying position".

"You can say Dani has the same bike, but Dani in some circuits have some difficulties, he is struggling much more than me. I have good memories and I really enjoy riding this track", he added. Tomorrow we'll try and have a good race.

Qualifying second-fastest was Johann Zarco, while title-hopeful Andrea Dovizioso set the third fastest time.

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"In FP4 I started to feel again the (good) feeling with the bike, but the thing is when I went out in Q2, I went out with that bike, I crashed".

Claiming the remaining top-10 positions during 2017 Sepang MotoGP qualifying on Saturday were Marquez, Team Suzuki Ecstar's Alex Rins, Rins' teammate Andrea Iannone and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.

"We are there, three or four riders who can fight for the podium".

Spain's Maverick Vinales on a Yamaha was fourth quickest but Italian great Valentino Rossi, who is fourth in the standings with 188 points, was 12th on the timesheets. And if things go wrong in Malaysia, he would still have a distinct advantage going into his "home" Grand Prix - the Valencia GP - on November 12.

The Spaniard however did not fall off his bike as the slow run-offs outside the confines of the track were to help him reduce his speed.

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