Marquez storms to yet another Sachsenring pole

Marc Marquez claimed his fifth consecutive German MotoGP pole position on Saturday, after mastering the conditions at a damp Sachsenring on Saturday.

The circuit was wet following a heavy downpour at the end of the final practice session, although conditions had improved by the time the shoot-out for pole came around.

Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci set the early pace with a provisional pole of 1m27.815s, and was able to further improve upon that time shortly after with a 1m27.462s.

The Italian looked set for pole until Marquez produced a flyer with two minutes to go. Petrucci gave it one final go to try and retake pole, but Marquez had the measure of him, going even quicker with a 1m27.302s that would go on to clinch pole.

Marquez continues to show why there's no one better than him in qualifying. It wasn't only his fifth successive pole in Germany at the top level, but his eighth straight pole in any of the MotoGP categories.

Completing the front row was Marquez' Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who finished half a second back.

Cal Crutchlow headed the second row, followed by local favourite Jonas Folger and Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo.

Pol Espargaro was seventh for KTM – their best qualifying result of the year – followed by his brother Alex in eighth. 

Both factory Yamaha riders struggled in the wet this weekend, but Valentino Rossi was able to snatch ninth with a 1m28.669s after a late switch to a medium rear wet tyre in drying conditions.

Team-mate Maverick Vinales had to settle for 11th, just behind Andrea Dovizioso, after escaping unscathed from a close call with Marquez early in the session.

Riders who also struggled in the wet included Suzuki's Andrea Iannone, who had to settle for 16th, and Johann Zarco, whose 19th place was his worst showing of the year.

Scott Redding also had a day to forget for Pramac, qualifying way down in 23rd place.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

POS  RIDER  TEAM  BIKE  TIME  GAP

1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m27.302s –
2 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m27.462s 0.160s
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m27.949s 0.647s
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m28.089s 0.787s
5 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 1m28.210s 0.908s
6 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m28.383s 1.081s
7 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m28.402s 1.100s
8 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m28.526s 1.224s
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m28.669s 1.367s
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m28.703s 1.401s
11 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m28.823s 1.521s
12 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m28.968s 1.666s
13 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m27.967s –
14 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m27.979s –
15 Bradley Smith KTM 1m28.015s –
16 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m28.103s –
17 Mika Kallio KTM 1m28.285s –
18 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m28.404s –
19 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m28.444s –
20 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m28.625s –
21 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m28.659s –
22 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m29.504s –
23 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m29.578s –
24 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1m30.028s –

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