MotoGP German: Johann Zarco Takes First Pramac Pole Position at Sachsenring
- The Round 8 of MotoGP 2021, Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland took place at Sachsenring in Germany on June 19, 2021.
This time, Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) made comeback from his right arm injury. He withdrew previous event, Catalunya GP due to cycling accident.
Qualifying was delayed by nine minutes due to a power outage in pitlane affecting several garages.
On Q1 session, big name riders couldn't advanced to Q2, including Maverick Vinales (Monster Yamaha), Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha), and Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha).
Especially, Maverick Vinales registered his worst-ever MotoGP qualifying result of 21st.
Even though crashing on the final lap, Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) took his first MotoGP pole position with 1'20.236s.
Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) was 2nd behind Johann Zarco by 0.011s. Aleix Espargaro took 3rd position and secured his first ever front row start for Aprilia.
Jack Miller (Ducati Team) finished 4th ahead of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), who marked the best result in Qualifying after comeback. Catalunya GP winner Miguel Oliveira was 6th.
Johann Zarco said, “Thinking about the victory right now is really optimistic because I still have a big question mark on the race pace. I did a big step from yesterday to this morning, so that's a nice proof of good work with the team. Then in the afternoon, I finished first in the FP4 but I changed the tyre at the end of the practice because with the used tyre I was struggling a lot, but it's always helping to get information. I hope tomorrow to find even another step with the team. It's difficult for us, but I think it's also difficult for the others. Starting from pole will give me this advantage to have the chance; not to control the race, but to control a little bit my tyres and see if I can be first or not. All okay. I'm pretty happy to be able to use the tyre at the best on the first lap. It's giving you some tenths. This morning and at the beginning of the qualifying I was not able to use it, but on the last exit I could do it and then you can see immediately that the lap time is coming pretty good. Then, one lap remaining I was thinking to still push and see what I can do, confidence was there, but I got a bit too much leaning in turn five and I've lost the front. I saw that I could not hold it so I just tried to protect myself.”
Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Qualifying Results
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / 1'20.236s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +0.011s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Gresini / +0.211s
- Jack Millero/ Ducati Team / +0.272s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +0.331s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM / +0.353s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +0.381s
- Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / +0.423s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +0.574s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Team / +0.575s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +0.713s
- Alex Marquez / LCR Honda / +0.899s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / 1'20.736s
- Luca Marini / Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati / 1'20.864s
- Enea Bastianini / Avintia Ducati / 1'20.953s
- Valentino Rossi / Petronas Yamaha / 1'20.972s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / 1'21.014s
- Franco Morbidelli / Petronas Yamaha / 1'21.091s
- Danilo Petrucci / KTM Tech3 / 1'21.137s
- Iker Lecuona / KTM Tech3 / 1'21.154s
- Maverick Viñales / Monster Yamaha / 1'21.165s
- Lorenzo Savadori / Aprilia Gresini / 1'21.411s
- source : MotoGP