Marquez denies Petrucci maiden pole in Germany

Daniel Herrero

Saturday 14th July, 2018 - 11:38pm

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Marc Marquez has broken the track record to deny Danilo Petrucci a first ever MotoGP pole in qualifying for the German Grand Prix.

Three riders held the outright lap record around the Sachsenring during qualifying, with Jorge Lorenzo the first to do so and therefore earning the slot on the outside of the front row.

Lorenzo went from second to first at the start of his second run, clocking a 1:20:327s on his Ducati Team entry.

Half a second later, Petrucci had demoted the factory rider to put his Pramac Ducati onto provisional pole with a 1:20.295s.

Marquez went against the grain by going for three runs aboard his Repsol Honda, first with a hard compound front tyre, then a medium, before switching back to the hard in part due to his tyre stocks.

Needing to find nearly a quarter of a second, he was faster to the first sector than Petrucci on his penultimate lap but had to save a near-crash at Turn 3 and came up 0.014s short of pole.

The Spaniard then ran deep into Turn 1 but made up time through the middle of the lap and recorded a 1:20.270s.

The pole is Marquez’s ninth straight at the Sachsenring across all classes.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect this pole because on the last tyre I felt better but I made a few mistakes,” he revealed.

“One in Turn 3 and I nearly crashed, but even after that I kept pushing and did a good lap time.

“Then on the last lap I made another mistake that was so difficult to recover what I lost, but these 20 milliseconds were enough to get the pole.”

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha) was fastest through the first runs but didn’t find any more time on his second run and will start fourth on his Movistar Yamaha, alongside Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha).

Dovizioso had in fact come through Qualifying 1 with the fastest time in that 15-minute stanza, but his long run pace in Free Practice 4 suggests that the #04 factory Ducati will be a threat in Sunday’s race.

Row 3 will be Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar), and Alvaro Bautista (Nieto Ducati).

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) just earned direct passage to Q2 and went on to qualify 10th, with Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) alongside for race start.

Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha) and Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) will line up 13th and 14th respectively.

Aleix Espargaro was faster than both but copped a six-position grid penalty for riding slowly on the race line during FP3, meaning he will occupy 19th on the grid on his Gresini Aprilia.

Lights go out for the 30-lap grand prix on Sunday at 2200 AEST.

Qualifying: German MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:20.270
2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:20.295 0.025 / 0.025
3 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:20.327 0.057 / 0.032
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:20.441 0.171 / 0.114
5 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:20.444 0.174 / 0.003
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:20.532 0.262 / 0.088
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:20.675 0.405 / 0.143
8 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:20.682 0.412 / 0.007
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:20.700 0.430 / 0.018
10 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:20.831 0.561 / 0.131
11 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:20.847 0.577 / 0.016
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:20.938 0.668 / 0.091
13 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:21.059 Q1 / Q1
14 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:21.183 Q1 / 0.124
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:21.242 Q1 / 0.059
16 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:21.287 Q1 / 0.045
17 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:21.460 Q1 / 0.173
18 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:21.546 Q1 / 0.086
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:20.972 Penalty
20 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:21.749 Q1 / 0.203
21 6 Stefan BRADL GER EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:21.802 Q1 / 0.053
22 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:22.012 Q1 / 0.210
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:22.159 Q1 / 0.147
24 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:22.709 Q1 / 0.550

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