Pedrosa on pole in Malaysia MotoGP as Marquez crashes

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Marquez, who had topped the final practice, can still clinch the title with a win or second place this weekend before heading to his home Grand Prix at Valencia, Spain.

"We went right, it was not the correct direction".

"I was happy with the pace, happy more or less with the rhythm and now we wait to see what happens with the weather tomorrow", Marquez said.

"Of course (this circuit) is not one of the best tracks (for me) but it is true also that today everything was wrong", Marquez told Autosport.com. So everything was hard, going the opposite way.

Dani Pedrosa took pole position with a ideal final lap as Repsol Honda teammate Marc Marquez's title hopes took a blow after crashing during qualifying at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix today.

"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".

"I had to take my second bike but I didn't feel ideal on it, so I did a lap that was good but not good enough".

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Vinales, third in the championship and 41 points behind Marquez, was second quickest in 1:28.719 and will line up on the front row along with fellow Yamaha rider, French rookie Johann Zarco (1:28.744).

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.

"In the second row, me, Maverick, Lorenzo and also for sure Marquez can fight anyway, so a lot of riders in front that are very strong".

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

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.

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

"I made a couple of mistakes. but I am happy because it is my third pole of the season", he said.

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