MotoGP Germany: Marc Marquez takes his ninth successive pole position at Sachsenring
- The Round 9 on MotoGP 2018, Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix ran Qualifying at Sachsenring in Germany on July 14, 2018.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) claimed pole position following Dutch GP. It meant he secured pole position at the Sachsenring for the sixth straight premier class season, extending his own personal record to nine years, when he competed in 125cc category in 2010.
2nd position was Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) behind Marquez by 0.025s. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) took 3rd position with 1m 20.327s.
Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha) will share the second row with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), who had to fight his way through Q1, and Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), who announced his retirement this week, will start 10th in the third row tomorrow.
Local rider Stefan Bradl (Marc VDS), who is standing in for the injured Franco Morbidelli, will line up on the grid in 21st.
Marc Marquez said;
“In the end of the season nobody will remember who wins at Sachsenring as everybody will remember who wins the title. Maybe tomorrow or next year but some day someone will arrive and beat me here.
The most important thing is the championship and we have to understand that in the championship at the moment Rossi is second and Vinales is third so it is more important.
During the Sachsenring weekends we always have some wet sessions and this weekend is the first time it is completely dry so everybody has time to find the best set-up, everybody has time to find the lines,” he said. “If you check, my first run in FP1 I was already in 1m 21s.
For me, I adapted very quickly but everybody has arrived and now many riders will have the same pace more or less but I feel strong and I feel well but it will be a difficult race, especially the last 15 laps because it is a lot for everybody. You need to manage as in that part of the race it will be key.
The slipstream in Assen is more important and you feel it a lot but here the slipstream is not very important as you can keep your pace and you can find your rhythm.
We will see because with the new tyre like we saw in qualifying everyone is fast and in the first ten laps everyone is fast and everyone has a good pace.
Then after lap 10 or 15 is when it starts to be more complicated to ride the bike, it is more difficult, we will see at the start.
If Jorge [Lorenzo, who qualified in third place] starts like he did at Assen I am sure he will lead the race and he will push like always but we need to be start and try to understand that it is 30 laps.”
Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Qualifying Results
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 1m 20.270s
- Danilo Petrucci / Pramac Ducati / 1m 20.295s
- Jorge Lorenzo / Ducati Team / 1m 20.327s
- Maverick Vinales / Movistar Yamaha / 1m 20.441s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / 1m 20.444s
- Valentino Rossi / Movistar Yamaha / 1m 20.532s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / 1m 20.675s +0.405s
- Andrea Iannone / Suzuki Ecstar / 1m 20.682s
- Alvaro Bautista / Angel Nieto Team / 1m 20.700s
- Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda / 1m 20.831s +0.561s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / 1m 20.847s +0.577s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 1m 20.938s +0.668s
- Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1m 20.972s
- Johann Zarco / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 1m 21.059s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / 1m 21.183s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1m 21.242s
- Bradley Smith / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1m 21.287s
- Hafizh Syahrin / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 1m 21.460s
- Tito Rabat / Reale Avintia / 1m 21.546s
- Scott Redding / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1m 21.749s
- Stefan Bradl / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 1m 21.802s
- Thomas Luthi / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 1m 22.012s
- Karel Abraham / Angel Nieto Team / 1m 22.159s
- Xavier Simeon / Reale Avintia / 1m 22.709s
- source : MotoGP