Sachsenring MotoGP: Marquez scorches to pole, Rossi down in sixth

Marc Marquez recorded his fourth pole of the MotoGP season at the Sachsenring in Germany on Saturday.

Riding the same specification of Honda as he did when he took pole position here last year, Marquez rode a record-setting pace to eclipse his pole time from 2014.

It is his sixth successive pole position at the German venue across the classes he’s contested.

Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro set the very early pace at 1m21.432s before Marquez slammed in the fastest-ever two-wheeled lap around this circuit of 1m20.838s.

Andrea Iannone was second fastest for Ducati at that point, 0.431s down on Marquez, with points leader Valentino Rossi third – but over half a second down.

As the session came to a close, Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo jumped up from sixth to second on 1m20.921s, getting within 0.083s of Marquez.

The second Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa then briefly grabbed pole with 1m20.628s, before Marquez put him in his place with a stunning 1m20.336s.

Lorenzo stayed third, ahead of Iannone and the impressive Yonny Hernandez, whose Pramac Ducati came through from Q1.

Rossi will start sixth, ahead of Aleix and Pol Espargaro.

Bradley Smith, who had a disastrous time here last year with series of crashes, had a huge save at the penultimate corner as he was almost ejected from the seat of his Tech 3 Yamaha.

He will start ninth, ahead of Cal Crutchlow, a disappointing Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Vinales.

Pedrosa and Crutchlow almost came to blows during the session after the Spaniard, on a quick lap, tripped over the Briton, who made a late call to enter the pits.

Pos Rider  Bike   Time  Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m20.336  
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m20.628 0.292
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m20.921 0.585
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1m21.029 0.693
5 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1m21.115 0.779
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m21.220 0.884
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1m21.239 0.903
8 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1m21.274 0.938
9 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1m21.329 0.993
10 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1m21.409 1.073
11 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m21.503 1.167
12 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1m21.796 1.460
13 Hector Barbera Ducati 1m21.628 1.292
14 Scott Redding Honda 1m21.632 1.296
15 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1m21.760 1.424
16 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1m22.049 1.713
17 Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1m22.195 1.859
18 Jack Miller Honda 1m22.225 1.889
19 Nicky Hayden Honda 1m22.362 2.026
20 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1m22.394 2.058
21 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1m22.441 2.105
22 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1m22.543 2.207
23 Eugene Laverty Honda 1m22.693 2.357
24 Michael Laverty Aprilia 1m22.947 2.611
25 Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 1m23.374 3.038


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Series MotoGP
Event German GP
Track Sachsenring
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez , Yonny Hernandez
Article type Qualifying report