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The 'King of the Sachsenring' takes his 8th straight pole

Marquez wins shootout for Sachsenring pole
Saturday, July 1, 2017


Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez today extended a remarkable run of pole positions at the Sachsenring circuit to eight from the last eight seasons, the Spaniard clocking the fastest time in qualifying this afternoon to secure top spot on the grid for tomorrow's race. Marquez was the only rider able to dislodge Danilo Petrucci from a provisional pole position that the Italian held for most of the session, with a time of 1'27.302 proving enough to complete the job. Dani Pedrosa was six tenths off his team-mate on pole but completes the front row in third position.

In a late rush for pole as the sun began to peek out, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was a key protagonist in the session and will start fourth, ahead of home hero and rookie Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3). Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) completes the second row, putting in a solid performance as he gets to grips with the Desmosedici in the rain.

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was the second man to move through from Q1, and the Spaniard took the Austrian factory's best ever qualifying result in seventh to continue the incredible form into Q2. Older brother Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) complete the third row.

Vinales struggled in the rain
Vinales struggled in the rain

Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was another of those to have a slightly more difficult session to take tenth, but starts ahead of key rival in the points standings Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who was eleventh fastest in the wet. Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) completes the top twelve on the grid from Q2.

Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) just missed the cut in Q1 and will start P13, with Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) and Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) completing the top fifteen.

One big name further down the grid for the German GP is Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) after a more difficult weekend for the French rookie superstar, with Zarco readying himself to line up in P19.

Marc Marquez
When I saw that it was going to be a wet qualifying session, I set a front-row position as my target. Anyway, I’ve felt very good on the bike since the beginning and I saw that the rain was easing off, so I tried to find a good rhythm as I prepared to attack in the final stages. Halfway into the session there was a bit of confusion with Maverick. In qualifying everyone pushes a lot and there was some contact, but luckily nothing happened. In the end I was able to do a very good lap and I’m quite happy with that, as it’s always very difficult to manage in the rain. Now we just need to focus on the race, which will be tough as there are many fast riders with a good pace, starting with my teammate! It seems that it won’t rain, but whatever conditions we find, it will be okay, as we have a really good pace both in the dry and in the wet.


193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHONDAQ21'27.3020.000
29Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac RacingDUCATIQ21'27.4620.1600.160
326Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHONDAQ21'27.9490.6470.487
435Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHONDAQ21'28.0890.7870.140
594Jonas FOLGERGERMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHAQ21'28.2100.9080.121
699Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDUCATIQ21'28.3831.0810.173
744Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTMQ21'28.4021.1000.019
841Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAPRILIAQ21'28.5261.2240.124
946Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHAQ21'28.6691.3670.143
104Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDUCATIQ21'28.7031.4010.034
1125Maverick VIÑALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHAQ21'28.8231.5210.120
1219Alvaro BAUTISTASPAPull&Bear Aspar TeamDUCATIQ21'28.9681.6660.145
1343Jack MILLERAUSEG 0,0 Marc VDSHONDAQ11'27.967(*) 0.2790.279
1476Loris BAZFRAReale Avintia RacingDUCATIQ11'27.979(*) 0.2910.012
1538Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTMQ11'28.015(*) 0.3270.036
1629Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSUZUKIQ11'28.103(*) 0.4150.088
1736Mika KALLIOFINRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTMQ11'28.285(*) 0.5970.182
188Hector BARBERASPAReale Avintia RacingDUCATIQ11'28.404(*) 0.7160.119
195Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHAQ11'28.444(*) 0.7560.040
2017Karel ABRAHAMCZEPull&Bear Aspar TeamDUCATIQ11'28.625(*) 0.9370.181
2122Sam LOWESGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAPRILIAQ11'28.659(*) 0.9710.034
2242Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSUZUKIQ11'29.504(*) 1.8160.845
2345Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac RacingDUCATIQ11'29.578(*) 1.8900.074
2453Tito RABATSPAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHONDAQ11'30.028(*) 2.3400.450

* Q1

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