Several big moments and a crash in the closing stages of the afternoon left Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team outside the top ten and working for improvements.

Marc Marquez continued his historic Sachsenring form into day one of the German GP as he immediately started the day challenging for the top of the time sheets. Several moments during the first practice did little to upset Marquez’s speed as he ended the session in second place with a 1’20.854 – 0.152s behind Zarco.

A consistent downpour during the middle of the day made for a slower start to the afternoon session, which suffered constant interruptions due to yellow and red flags from various falls. Unfortunately, Marc Marquez would be amongst those who fell, the Repsol Honda Team losing the front on a flying lap into Turn One. This led to an unavoidable collision with Johann Zarco who was exiting pitlane. Fortunately, both riders walked away from the incident without any serious injury. Marquez finished Friday in 14th place with a best time of 1’20.854.

Saturday will see the MotoGP field battle it out for pole position, starting at 10:50 with Q1 where Marquez will fight for one of the two transfer spots.

Marc Marquez

14th 1’20.854

“We have had a difficult Friday, even if it started in a good way, but we reached our limit quite soon and we need to keep working on the setup and the bike. Unfortunately, I crashed and Zarco was leaving pitlane. It was very lucky that we both escaped, I went to see Johann after to make sure he was okay. I crashed like many riders in Turn 1, I was pushing for a hot lap, and if there was anyone who could avoid the situation it was Zarco. If it’s my mistake, I always accept it. A complicated day here, tomorrow we keep trying to improve the feeling.”

MotoGP 2023
Practice Round 7   Germany

Friday Practice - German Grand Prix

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1'20.271
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.040
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.081
4 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.100
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.149
6 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.352
7 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.368
8 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.386
9 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.400
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.431
11 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.494
12 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.528
13 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 0.547
14 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.583
15 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 0.591
16 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.614
17 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.851
18 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.010
19 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.403
20 Folger Jonas 94 GER Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 2.547
Location Information

Car and bike races have been held on closed public roads in the area around the town of Chemnitz, Germany since the 1920s and were still taking place until as recently as 1990. It was decided, however, that the five mile course through such a densely populated area was no… read more.

Length 3.671 kilometres / 2.281 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 10
Right corners 3
Longest straight 0.700 kilometres / 0.435 miles
Constructed 1996
Modified 2001 (resurfaced in 2017)

Lerchenstraße, 09337 Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany - View in Google Maps


Pole Position 1m19.931s (165.3km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
Race Lap 1m21.228s (162.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Time 41m 01.087s (161km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2022 Race Winner Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)
2023 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)