Stefan Bradl's sensational MotoGP debut at the Sachsenring continued as the LCR Honda rider qualified sixth, having challenged for pole throughout. The home favourite was fastest of all with as little as three minutes remaining but the mad rush in the dying seconds knocked him off the front row.

Bradl felt he could've stayed there had he not hit traffic on his final attempt but refused to be too downhearted with the outcome.

“We did not expect to have a wet qualifying today but at the end it rained a lot and our pace has been consistently fast since the beginning. We have been doing a good job for the whole session and this is a positive sign for me and the Team. With the little adjustments that we made I could quickly adapt to the conditions lapping with a good pace. At the end of the session the surface started to dry up and everybody pushed hard but I got stopped by some slower riders in my last lap. I am bit disappointed because we could take the front row but in any case it was a very positive session for us and we can be happy about the result”.

The MotoGP race will follow Moto2 on tomorrow’s schedule at 12noon Uk time.