MotoGP German: Marc Marquez Takes His 10th Consecutive Pole Position at Sachsenring
- The Round 9 on MotoGP 2019, GermanGrand Prix ran Qualifying at Sachsenring on July 6, 2019.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) took a 10th consecutive pole position at the Sachsenring and beat his own lap record set last year.
Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) beat Maverick Vinales (Monster Yamaha) by 0.006s and both riders will share the front row on Sunday.
Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) suffered a high-speed crash at Turn 9 and will start at 12th position. His teammate Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) could not advance to Q2, finally 13th position start.
Valentino Rossi (Monster Yamaha) advanced to Q2 from Q1, but he struggled to get speed and will start at 11th position.
Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda) replaced Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda), who was injured at Dutch GP, and took 14th position.
Marc Marquez said, “I am not thinking about the 10th consecutive victory. I am thinking about the championship, tomorrow we will see, if the tyres drop for some reason and the grip of the track isn’t the best, or I don’t find the feeling, it is better to take points and better to be there at the top of the championship over winning here in Sachsenring.
We’ve tried to prepare well for the race all weekend and we tried all the tyres but we are still not sure which is the best option as it is different. Different feeling, different character and we are trying to analyse that for the race. I know that these two guys will be fast and constant.
Both Yamaha rides are in very good form and they are riding good and also Rins is there with a good pace.
The good thing for me is the closest guys in the championship, the two Ducati riders, they are struggling a little bit, especially Dovi, so this is important and this is good for me.”
Fabio Quartararo said, “Well today has been, let’s say, a strange day because this morning was really positive, but we had a big moment. This afternoon the goal was to be on the front two rows, so we reached our goals with second position. So, I’m really happy with the job we did today. I hope to keep a little bit more for the race.
We were with a new tyre in the beginning [of FP3] and in the fourth lap I was still going full gas, at this time there was less grip because the soft is dropping off really fast. It was 250km/h, I think, I had a big moment, but it was my mistake, I was too optimistic. Tomorrow we will need to take care of the tyres more.
On track it was good, it was a little bit painful, of course, but when you’re riding, you’re thinking about other things than the pain. Now I’m quite balanced because I have the left and the right. So, I’m happy about the job we did today given what we had this morning.
For sure it will be a tough race. Here is the only track where we do 30 laps and it’s a lot of left corners, which isn’t the best for the muscle. But we’ve never been strong here and this year we’re going quite well. The pace is good, tomorrow we’ll take some medication for the pain and we’ll be ready to go.”
Maverick Vinales said, “I’m really happy because we achieved today’s objective. It’s true that we could have done better, but we are improving the bike quite a lot. I didn’t expect to be that close in qualifying, because the gap was bigger in FP3. We need to keep working like this. I feel great on the bike, especially my rhythm is good, but it will be very important to make another step this evening.
We are going to try our best to go for the win. Managing tyre degradation will be crucial tomorrow, so we’re going to try to make that work for us. I don’t know which tyre I will use yet, because the weather will be very different from what we had today.”
HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Qualifying Results
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 1'20.195s
- Fabio Quartararo / Petronas Yamaha / +0.205s
- Maverick Vinales / Monster Yamaha / +0.211s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +0.336s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / +0.495s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / +0.662s
- Franco Morbidelli / Petronas Yamaha / +0.769s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / +0.828s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / +0.866s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +0.909s
- Valentino Rossi / Monster Yamaha / +0.942s
- Danilo Petrucci / Mission Winnow Ducati / +1.291s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Mission Winnow Ducati / 1'21.105s
- Stefan Bradl / Repsol Honda / 1'21.227s
- Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1'21.313s
- Andrea Iannone / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1'21.433s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Pramac Ducati / 1'21.446s
- Hafizh Syahrin / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / 1'21.465s
- Johann Zarco / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1'21.637s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / 1'21.683s
- Karel Abraham / Reale Avintia Ducati / 1'21.796s
- Tito Rabat / Reale Avintia Ducati / 1'22.119s
- source : MotoGP