MotoGP German GP: Francesco Bagnaia Takes Pole Position, Jorge Martin Wins Sprint Race at Sachsenring
The Round 7 of MotoGP 2023, Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland took place at the Sachsenring in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany on June 17, 2023.
In Qualifying, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) took back-to-back pole positions, following Italian GP. This marks his fourth pole position of 2023.
Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati) was 2nd, and Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM) was 3rd.
At the end of the session, Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) crashed at Turn 11, then yellow flags brought out in multiple sectors.
A number of riders had their laps cancelled, including Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) who took the top with 1m21.363s on his final lap, Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) who took 2nd, and Jack Miller.
This result marked Johann Zarco, Marco Bezzecchi, and Jorge Martin were 4th, 5th and 6th on the second row, respectively.
Even though, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) crashed in Q1, advanced to Q2 along with Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM). However he crashed again twice in Q2, with a total of three times crashed in Qualifying. Finally he was 7th.
His brother Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati) was 8th ahead of Brad Binder.
Francesco Bagnaia said, “It was quite difficult this morning. It was very easy to commit mistakes and lose lap times with the yellow flags. I'm happy with the work done so far.”
Jack Miller said, “It's super important to have a good qualifying here and to be back on the front row. I think we can do a good job from here.”
In the Sprint Race, Jorge Martin took his second sprint victory with 20m 21.871s, following French GP.
Francesco Bagnaia finished 2nd behind Jorge Martin by 2.468s, followed by, Jack Miller in 3rd.
Jack Miller led beginning of the race, but Jorge Martin took the lead on lap four with a double overtake. He continued to grow this over the rest of the race, taking the chequered flag.
Luca Marin finished 4th. Johann Zarco forced Brad Binder off track at Turn 11 with an aggressive overtake, then finished 5th, and Brad Binder in 6th.
The incident was investigated by the stewards, but no further action was taken.
Jorge Martin said, “I didn't expect to make the move on both, I saw Pecco was going to make the move also but they were coming so fast so I said, Okay, let's try - I almost lose the front, it was quite, quite close to a crash! - I go in and manage the situation, stay on the bike and from that point I started to put my pace on the track. Then another big moment, on corner seven… but I could stay on the bike and managed the speed until the end. If you want to win the sprint race you have to take a bit of risk, if you want to make the difference, no? So I took the risk, I could have crashed also but I won, so this is important. Now my target is to win Sunday, that's for sure, but even though I prefer to make a podium or points and not to crash, I'm not thinking about the championship at this point just trying to be fast every weekend, at the moment we are doing it.”
Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Qualifying Results
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / 1'21.409s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.078s
- Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +0.083s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +0.356s
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.527s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +0.586s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +0.604s
- Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +0.635s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +0.638s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +0.813s
- Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +0.830s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +1.012s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / 1'27.269s
- Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / 1'27.692s
- Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / 1'27.734s
- Miguel Oliveira / RNF Aprilia / 1'27.882s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / 1'27.908s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 1'28.404s
- Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / 1'29.119s
- Jonas Folger / Tech3 GASGAS / 1'29.712s
Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Sprint Race Results
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / 20m 21.871s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +2.468s
- Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +3.287s
- Luca Marin / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +5.487s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +5.538s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +6.289s
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +6.956s
- Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +9.261s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +9.691s
- Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +9.715s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +10.828s
- Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +10.905s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +11.366s
- Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +12.593s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +12.905s
- Miguel Oliveira / RNF Aprilia / +13.837s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +14.505s
- Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +28.959s
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