Nakagami Beats Zarco to German GP Pole

Takaaki Nakagami followed up his maiden Grand Prix victory at Assen three weeks ago with his first pole position for three years at the Sachsenring. The Japanese rider snatched top spot from reigning champion Johann Zarco in the dying seconds of a qualifying session that was short of incident and excitement until the dramatic finale.

The early pace was set by championship co-leader Alex Rins who set a 1:24.641 with his third lap of the afternoon but with the Spaniard failing to go any faster in the remainder of the session, his hopes of pole would fade. At the halfway mark, Zarco edged ahead by a tenth of a second and with other improvements few and far between, pole looked to heading to the Frenchman.

Nakagami would change that though with his very last lap of the session, not only beating Zarco’s benchmark but putting a quarter of a second into the Ajo rider. Johann held onto second while Rins, whose Paginas Amarillas Kalex was looking increasingly loose as the session progressed, rounded out the front row.

Speed Up’s Simone Corsi and Marc VDS’ Franco Morbidelli set mid-1:24 laps in the dying seconds to qualify fourth and fifth respectively while Sandro Cortese will lead the home challenge from sixth spot. Lorenzo Baldassarri starts seventh with Alex Marquez eighth, just in front of another home favourite, Marcel Schrotter.

The British riders endured a nightmare afternoon with championship contender Sam Lowes toiling to tenth after an early crash at the Omega curve while Danny Kent didn’t take any part in the session with a fractured rib ending his involvement in the weekend altogether.


Moto2 GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
130. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:24.274
25. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport1:24.514
340. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:24.641
424. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up1:24.680
521. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:24.731
611. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:24.754
77. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team1:24.845
873. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:24.942
923. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team1:24.964
1022. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto21:24.976
1155. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia1:25.004
1212. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten1:25.030
1394. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP1:25.053
1449. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team1:25.056
1510. Luca MariniKalexForward Team1:25.089
1644. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing1:25.173
1760. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:25.182
1819. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team1:25.236
192. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG1:25.412
2054. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team1:25.481
2187. Remy GardnerKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto21:25.871
2297. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:25.876
2377. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:25.945
2432. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing1:26.101
2514. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia1:26.143
2670. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten1:26.378
2757. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 401:26.707
NQ52. Danny KentKalexLeopard RacingNo Time