The ‘King of the Sachsenring’ takes his eighth successive pole at the venue in a washed out Q2 with Petrucci hot on the chase
Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has taken his eighth consecutive pole position at the Sachsenring, but it was anything but easy for the number 93 as he dueled Q1 graduate Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) for the honour under the Saturday afternoon rain. Only a tenth and a half back despite the conditions, ‘Petrux’ will start second to split the Repsol Hondas with Dani Pedrosa completing the front row after a weekend of impressive pace.
In a late rush for pole as the sun began to peek out, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was a key protagonist in the session and will start fourth, ahead of home hero and rookie Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3). Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) completes the second row, putting in a solid performance as he gets to grips with the Desmosedici in the rain.
Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was the second man to move through from Q1, and the Spaniard took the Austrian factory’s best ever qualifying result in seventh to continue the incredible form into Q2. Older brother Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) complete the third row.
Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was another of those to have a slightly more difficult session to take tenth, but starts ahead of key rival in the points standings Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who was eleventh fastest in the wet. Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) completes the top twelve on the grid from Q2.
Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) just missed the cut in Q1 and will start P13, with Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) and Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) completing the top fifteen.
One big name further down the grid for the German GP is Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) after a more difficult weekend for the French rookie superstar, with Zarco readying himself to line up in P19.
Race time is 14:00 (GMT +2) on Sunday and it’s sure to be a stunner.
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’27.302
2 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1’27.462
3 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’27.949
4 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1’28.089
5 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’28.210
6 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1’28.383
7 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1’28.402
8 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1’28.526
9 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’28.669
10 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’28.703
11 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’28.823
12 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1’28.968
13 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1’27.967 Q1
14 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1’27.979 Q1
15 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1’28.015 Q1
16 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1’28.103 Q1
17 KALLIO Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1’28.285 Q1
18 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1’28.404 Q1
19 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’28.444 Q1
20 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1’28.625 Q1
21 LOWES Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1’28.659 Q1
22 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1’29.504 Q1
23 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1’29.578 Q1
24 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1’30.028 Q1