Marquez Extends Sachsenring Pole Streak

Marc Marquez took pole position in Germany for the seventh consecutive season as his dominance at the Sachsenring continues. The championship leader saw off the surprise challenge of Hector Barbera to take pole while reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo endured a nightmare day, qualifying down in eleventh.

Lorenzo had already been up against it after a difficult Friday and despite his best efforts, the Spaniard couldn’t secure an automatic spot in Q2 after finishing final practice down in fifteenth. Jorge upped the pace in the unfamiliar surroundings of Q1 but a crash on his final lap put his Q2 pace in jeopardy. Only traffic for Cal Crutchlow spared his blushes.

Marquez started the pole position shootout as the overwhelming favourite but Barbera had clearly identified the danger, following the Honda around on his first timed lap. The end-result was provisional pole for the Avintia rider, a tenth quicker than Marquez, but the normal order was restored on the second timed laps, Marc improving to a 1:21.581 to regain top spot.

With traffic proving problematic on the calendar’s shortest circuit, the conclusion of Q2 turned into a something of an anti-climax but Marquez found enough clear track to go faster, extending his lead to 0.412s. Barbera maintained second as third-placed Valentino Rossi became mired in a pack of slower riders.

Danilo Petrucci, the star of Q1, took fourth for Pramac ahead of Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro while Friday pacesetter Maverick Vinales could only manage sixth. Andrea Dovizioso lines up seventh ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Iannone who tumbled early in Q2 but Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo will have plenty of work to do tomorrow, starting together on row four after Lorenzo’s third crash of the weekend.


2016 GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
193. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:21.160Q2
28. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:21.572Q2
346. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:21.666Q2
49. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:21.666Q2
544. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:21.738Q2
625. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:21.784Q2
74. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:21.858Q2
841. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:21.883Q2
929. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team1:21.890Q2
1026. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:21.892Q2
1199. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:22.088Q2
1268. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:22.346Q2
1335. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:21.783Q1
1438. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:21.994Q1
1545. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:22.236Q1
1643. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:22.382Q1
176. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:22.493Q1
1850. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:22.567Q1
1919. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:22.670Q1
2076. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:22.860Q1
2153. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:23.075Q1