Zarco claims pole position after sensational qualifying

Johann Zarco, MotoGP 2021 German Grand Prix Source: Pramac Racing MotoGP (Twitter: @pramacracing)

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.

1J. ZarcoPramac Ducati1’20.236s
2F. QuartararoMonster Yamaha+0.011s
3A. EspargaroAprilia Gresini +0.211s
4J. MillerDucati Team+0.272s
5M. MarquezRepsol Honda+0.331s
6M. OliveriaRed Bull KTM+0.353s
7J. MartinPramac Ducati+0.381s
8P. EspargaroRepsol Honda+0.423s
9T. NakagamiLCR Honda+0.574s
10F. BagnalaDucati Team+0.575s
11A. RinsSuzuki Ecstar+0.713s
12A. MarquezLCR Honda+0.899s
13B. BinderRed Bull KTM1’20.736s
14L. MariniSky VR46 Avintia Ducati 1’20.864s
15E. BastianiniAvintia Ducati1’20.953s
16V. RossiPetronas Yamaha1’20.972s
17J. MirSuzuki Ecstar1’21.014s
18F. MorbidelliPetronas Yamaha 1’21.091s
19D. PetrucciKTM Tech31’21.137s
20I. LecuonaKTM Tech3 1’21.154s
21M. ViñalesMonster Yamaha 1’21.165s
22L. SavadoriAprilia Gresini1’21.411s
Note: Positions 13 onwards is reflective of Q1, hence the exact timing, as opposed to the gap.

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