A sensational qualifying at the Sachsenring during the German Grand Prix saw Johann Zarco secure pole position in a bizarre manner. Joining him at the front row are French compatriot Fabio Quartararo and Aleix Espargaró.
Q1 saw a lot of opportunities burst into flames as riders attempted to crawl into the top 12. One such rider is Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori, who due to an early crash at Turn 12, blew his chances of being one of the top two. Savadori was not the only one to have a bad lap though. World Champion for Suzuki Ecstar Joan Mir went off into the gravel at Turn 1, blowing his chances of getting his way into Q2.
Franco Morbidelli suffered a nasty crash in Q1 at Turn 13, bringing out the yellow flags. This was not at all good news for Maverick Viñales, who is now stuck at the 21st position due to the yellow flags. In the end, Suzuki rider Alex Rins and HRC rider Pol Espargaró move onto Q2, leading the way for Q2.
Q2 was the scene of a dramatic session, as MotoGP veterans Fabio Quartararo and Marc Marquez had a little battle of their own at the Sachsenring. Despite their battle, there had to be a winner, in the form of Quartararo. Mere moments after securing pole position, Zarco crashed out, bringing out the yellow flags with 50 seconds remaining to the session.
In the end, it was a French 1-2 in the form of Zarco and Quartararo, with Aleix Espargaró securing Aprilia’s first premier class front row in over 21 years. Zarco puts an end to Quartararo’s pole position streak, paving the way for an exciting race day.
|1||J. Zarco||Pramac Ducati||1’20.236s|
|2||F. Quartararo||Monster Yamaha||+0.011s|
|3||A. Espargaro||Aprilia Gresini||+0.211s|
|4||J. Miller||Ducati Team||+0.272s|
|5||M. Marquez||Repsol Honda||+0.331s|
|6||M. Oliveria||Red Bull KTM||+0.353s|
|7||J. Martin||Pramac Ducati||+0.381s|
|8||P. Espargaro||Repsol Honda||+0.423s|
|9||T. Nakagami||LCR Honda||+0.574s|
|10||F. Bagnala||Ducati Team||+0.575s|
|11||A. Rins||Suzuki Ecstar||+0.713s|
|12||A. Marquez||LCR Honda||+0.899s|
|13||B. Binder||Red Bull KTM||1’20.736s|
|14||L. Marini||Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati||1’20.864s|
|15||E. Bastianini||Avintia Ducati||1’20.953s|
|16||V. Rossi||Petronas Yamaha||1’20.972s|
|17||J. Mir||Suzuki Ecstar||1’21.014s|
|18||F. Morbidelli||Petronas Yamaha||1’21.091s|
|19||D. Petrucci||KTM Tech3||1’21.137s|
|20||I. Lecuona||KTM Tech3||1’21.154s|
|21||M. Viñales||Monster Yamaha||1’21.165s|
|22||L. Savadori||Aprilia Gresini||1’21.411s|