Marquez Extends Sachsenring Pole Streak

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Marc Marquez took pole position for the German Grand Prix for an eighth successive year after pipping Danilo Petrucci in wet conditions at the Sachsenring. Petrucci had looked set to become the first rider to advance out of Q1 to take pole position but Marquez denied the Italian in the closing minutes, taking pole by a tenth of a second.

A crash late in FP3 had proven costly for Petrucci who was forced to go through the first qualifying session but the Pramac rider, so often a frontrunner in wet conditions, comfortably topped the timesheets to move through to Q2. The man joining him was much more of a surprise though, with Pol Espargaro taking KTM into the pole position shootout for the first time since Le Mans.

The extra fifteen minutes of track time soon appeared to be an advantage as Petrucci dominated the early stages of Q2, regularly lowering his own benchmark time to stretch his advantage over the field. The Pramac rider was finally reeled in with two minutes remaining as Marquez clocked a 1:27.443, two hundredths quicker than Danilo.

Another improvement on his last lap gave Marquez an advantage of 0.160s in the end with Dani Pedrosa ensuring both factory Hondas will start on the front row, albeit six tenths adrift of his team-mate. Cal Crutchlow heads the second row ahead of home favourite Jonas Folger while Jorge Lorenzo put his recent wet weather demons behind him to qualify sixth, just ahead of the Espargaro brothers with Pol outqualifying Aleix.

Valentino Rossi could only manage ninth as the championship contenders, Marquez apart, struggled in the wet conditions. Overall leader Andrea Dovizioso lines up tenth ahead of nearest rival Maverick Vinales who appeared rattled by a mid-session spat with Marquez while Alvaro Bautista completed the Q2 field in twelfth.


2017 GoPro Grand Prix Motorrad Deutschland – Qualifying

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:27.302Q2
29. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:27.462Q2
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:27.949Q2
435. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:28.089Q2
594. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:28.210Q2
699. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:28.383Q2
744. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:28.402Q2
841. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:28.526Q2
946. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:28.669Q2
104. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:28.703Q2
1125. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:28.823Q2
1219. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:28.968Q2
1343. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:27.967Q1
1476. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:27.979Q1
1538. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:28.015Q1
1629. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:28.103Q1
1736. Mika KallioKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:28.285Q1
188. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:28.404Q1
195. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:28.444Q1
2017. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:28.625Q1
2122. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:28.659Q1
2242. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:29.504Q1
2345. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:29.578Q1
2453. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:30.028Q1