Xavier Simeon put in another excellent qualifying performance to seal a place on the third row for tomorrow's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, although he admitted he had luck on his side. The Belgian was the fastest of the three Tech 3 Mistral 610s for the first time this year, outqualifying the impressive Bradley Smith in the process.

On the shortest track on the calendar, the ultra-competitive Moto2 class was even tighter than normal with a second covering the top 24 riders on Saturday afternoon, and Simeon admitted he was fortunate to finish seventh, with a quarter of a second separating the next 10 riders behind him.

“I was lucky because I could have a slightly faster lap time than the others this afternoon. But the race is tomorrow and here the race is very long. I will try to give my best and show another good performance and I will try to finish the race in the Top 10. The lap times are still very close here, so I need to give it all tomorrow.”

“I am very happy, because all the weekend we tried to find a good set up to make the 29 laps of the race tomorrow possible. I know I could go fast in one lap, but my settings weren’t perfect at the beginning to suit the race. Then we found something that can make me fast in one lap and also keep the pace during a race distance.”

The Moto2 Grand Prix of Germany is the second of tomorrow's three races, due off at 11:15am UK time and The Checkered Flag will have full coverage of the 29 lap race.