Marc Marquez claimed pole position for this weekend's German grand prix after title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa both sat out following crashes.

Repsol Honda Team rider Marquez claimed his third MotoGP pole with a lap time of 1'21.311 ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha Factory Racing's Valentino Rossi.

Lorenzo had been ruled out of action following a crash on Friday which bent a metal plate on his collarbone and left him requiring surgery.

Pedrosa came off his bike on the first corner in practice today.

The Repsol Honda Team rider was dramatically flipped over the top of his bike, and while an early prognosis showed no broken bones, Pedrosa was airlifted to hospital for further checks.

Marquez's lap was three tenths of a second slower than Casey Stoner's best ever on the Sachsenring track while Rossi's performance in qualifying means he has secured his first front row start in 988 days - his most recent appearance had been at the Portuguese Grand Prix of 2010.

LCR Honda MotoGP's Stefan Bradl is on the second row with Aleix Espargaro, Ducati Team's Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso are sixth and ninth ahead of Tech 3's Bradley Smith and GO&FUN Honda Gresini's Alvaro Bautista.

Series points leader Pedrosa was classified in 12th place and could still start the race tomorrow depending on his injuries which ruled him out of qualifying.