MotoGP: Repsol Honda Sachsenring Qualifying Report - Round 9

Superb seventh consecutive Sachsenring pole for Marquez

Marc Marquez practice action
Marquez Earns 62nd pole of his career and the seventh in a row at the German track across all classes.Honda Racing Corporation

The Repsol Honda man has been among the top three in widely varying conditions this weekend, and he made a further step forward in qualifying after finalizing some additional details to the settings of his RC213V.

Teammate Dani Pedrosa also took advantage of today’s better conditions to consistently improve his pace. In FP3 he knocked two seconds off his time from the opening day, and he set a very fast pace in FP4. Only in qualifying was he unable to connect all the dots, and he had to settle for 10th position, though just over two tenths of a second off the front row. However, his strong race pace makes him confidant that he’ll be able to fight in tomorrow’s race.

Marc Marquez practice action

Marc Marquez #93

Marc Marquez during qualifying from Sachsenring.Honda Racing Corporation

Marc Marquez #93
Pole position 1'21.160

“I’m happy to have set the fastest time today, because we’re better here than at other circuits. I have a fairly good pace and am riding comfortably. The final free-practice session wasn’t one of the best of the weekend, as I didn’t feel completely right but we made a change for the qualifying session, which went much better. We need to study the data this afternoon, but in qualifying we managed to take that step forward that we needed. We'll see what happens tomorrow, because the weather forecast is for conditions to be quite unstable. In any case, we’ll try to finish on the podium, which is our goal. It seems that Valentino [Rossi] is very strong, and we’ll also have to keep Dani [Pedrosa] in mind; I don’t know what happened to him in qualifying, but his pace is very close to ours and he’s very strong here.”

Dani Pedrosa practice action

Dani Pedrosa #26

Dani Pedrosa during qualifying from Sachsenring.Honda Racing Corporation

Dani Pedrosa #26:
10th 1'21.892

“It’s a pity we weren’t able to be faster in qualifying after having been so fast in the free practices. I wasn’t able to make a big enough improvement to the lap time I had set with used tires, and honestly I don’t know why. It’s not good to be that far back on the grid at this track because the first part is quite tight, but we need to focus on the race anyway. We’ll have to get a good start, be fast on the first lap and gain as many positions as possible, because our pace is good and the race is long. Of course it won’t be easy—we also have to see what the weather will be like—but we’ll stay positive and try to do our best.”

Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Qualifying Results:

  1. Marquez Marc - Repsol Honda Team - 1'21.160
  2. Barbera Hector - Avintia Racing - 1'21.572
  3. Rossi Valentino - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - 1'21.666
  4. Petrucci Danilo - Octo Pramac Racing - 1'21.666
  5. Espargaro Pol - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - 1'21.738
  6. Vinales Maverick - SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar - 1'21.784
  7. Dovizioso Andrea - Ducati Team - 1'21.858
  8. Espargaro Aleix - Team Suzuki Ecstar - 1'21.883
  9. Iannone Andrea - Ducati Team - 1'21.890
  10. Pedrosa Dani - Repsol Honda Team - 1'21.892
  11. Lorenzo Jorge - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - 1'22.088
  12. Hernandez Yonny - Aspar MotoGP Team - 1'22.346
  13. Crutchlow Cal - LCR Honda - 1'21.783
  14. Smith Bradley - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - 1'21.994
  15. Redding Scott - Octo Pramac Racing - 1'22.236
  16. Miller Jack - Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS - 1'22.382
  17. Bradl Stefan - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 1'22.493
  18. Laverty Eugene - Aspar MotoGP Team - 1'22.567
  19. Bautista Alvaro - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 1'22.670
  20. Baz Loris - Avintia Racing - 1'22.860
  21. Rabat Tito - Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS - 1'23.075

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