Bagnaia grabs German MotoGP pole, Miller penalised

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Francesco Bagnaia has qualified on pole position for the German MotoGP, as factory Ducati team-mate Jack Miller incurred a long lap penalty.

Miller, who earned sixth on the starting grid at the Sachsenring, attracted the sanction as a result of a crash he had in the Free Practice 4 session which immediately precedes qualifying.

The Queenslander lost the front of his Desmosedici at Turn 13 while there were still yellow flags out for Aprilia Racing’s Aleix Espargaro, who had crashed in similar fashion just prior.

Later in Qualifying 2, Bagnaia kicked things off with a 1:20.098s while Miller was 0.056s off the pace at the end of the first runs.

When they went again, the Italian improved to a 1:20.064s then a 1:19.931s on consecutive laps, and while the latter was not quite on his lap record pace from Free Practice 3, it would be good enough for pole.

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo ultimately claimed second with a 1:20.007s on his Monster Energy Yamaha and Johann Zarco was third with a 1:20.030s on a Prima Pramac Ducati.

Aleix Espargaro ended up fourth, Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Ducati) came from Qualifying 1 to take fifth all-told, and Miller (Ducati Lenovo) wound up sixth on a 1:20.150s.

The rest of the top 10 was Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati), Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Ducati), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing), and Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu LCR Honda), who had a late crash at Turn 1.

Also on Row 4 were Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) in 11th via Q1, and Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) in 12th, while Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) will start 13th after coming up 0.004s shy of advancing from the first stanza.

Remy Gardner qualified 21st and Tech3 KTM team-mate Raul Fernandez 22nd, while Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins withdrew from the event after FP3 due to pain in his fractured wrist.

Race start is scheduled for Sunday night at 22:00 AEST.

Qualifying: German MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev Session
1 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:19.931   Q2
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:20.007 0.076/0.076 Q2
3 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Prima Pramac Racing Ducati 1:20.030 0.099/0.023 Q2
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1:20.120 0.189/0.090 Q2
5 49 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1:20.128 0.197/0.008 Q2
6 43 Jack MILLER AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:20.150 0.219/0.022 Q2
7 10 Luca MARINI ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1:20.168 0.237/0.018 Q2
8 89 Jorge MARTIN ESP Prima Pramac Racing Ducati 1:20.219 0.288/0.051 Q2
9 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1:20.468 0.537/0.249 Q2
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:20.562 0.631/0.094 Q2
11 72 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1:20.593 0.662/0.031 Q2
12 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:20.732 0.801/0.139 Q2
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:20.604 0.297 Q1
14 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:20.656 0.349/0.052 Q1
15 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:20.757 0.450/0.101 Q1
16 73 Alex MARQUEZ ESP LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:20.888 0.581/0.131 Q1
17 23 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1:20.905 0.598/0.017 Q1
18 6 Stefan BRADL GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:20.908 0.601/0.003 Q1
19 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1:20.965 0.658/0.057 Q1
20 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:21.020 0.713/0.055 Q1
21 87 Remy GARDNER AUS Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:21.089 0.782/0.069 Q1
22 25 Raul FERNANDEZ ESP Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:21.322 1.015/0.233 Q1
23 40 Darryn BINDER RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1:21.322 1.015 Q1

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