Qualifying day of the German GP followed one of Marc Marquez’s classic patterns. The reigning World Champion dedicated the FP3 and FP4 sessions to finalizing his bike’s setup in order to understand the tyre feedback and to test the limits to which he could push himself and his RC213V.

With all the dots connected, Marc and his team proceeded to Q2 with a clear strategy in mind: three attempts—with a long slide and an unplanned (but also unsurprising, really) near-crash—to take his ninth consecutive pole at Sachsenring. The 1’20.270” lap was a new pole record for the circuit, Marquez’s third pole this season, his 48th in MotoGP, and the 76th in his career. Chapeau.

The outcome from the other side of the garage was also positive enough, with Dani Pedrosa able to improve from yesterday’s 20th place to 10th this morning, earning a direct passage to Q2. The eventual 10th place in Q2 still may not satisfy Dani, but it will give him the chance to try and recover in tomorrow’s race, which begins at 2 p.m. local time.

 

Marc Marquez

Pole Position 1'20.270 (NEW RECORD)

“Honestly, I didn’t really feel we would be able to take pole today, but we did and it’s fantastic. The team planned the perfect strategy, which was to try and use three tyres, and I think that’s what gave me pole position. I knew the two Ducatis were very fast on new tyres, but already during my second run, I understood that I would be able to push more on my next and final exit, on the hard tyre option, which was the one I was feeling best with. I did it, but I also made a few mistakes, one in turn three where I nearly crashed! Anyway, I kept pushing and pushing on my final lap, and finally 25 thousandths of a second gave me the pole. I’m sorry for Danilo [Petrucci], but we’re both on the front row and that’s what ultimately counts. Regarding tomorrow, I think we’ll have two races—I mean the first 15 laps and the second 15 laps. In the first half, everyone will be fast but in the second half the tyres will drop, and that moment will be the key. We’ve worked a lot to try and keep our pace on used tyres in the high ’21s, but it’s tough and will also be tough tomorrow.”

Dani Pedrosa

10th 1'20.831

“Today we made a good improvement from yesterday, but we’re still struggling to find the correct setting in some areas, particularly to fully exploit the new tyres in qualifying. So unfortunately, our grid position isn’t very good, also because lap times were very tight. Overall, we did improve our race pace, so tomorrow it will be important to try and start well and then manage the tyres well over race distance.”

MotoGP 2018
Qualifying Round 9   Germany

Qualifying Classification

Sunny
Humidity
45%
Track Temp
46°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'20.270
2 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.025
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.057
4 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.171
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.174
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.262
7 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.405
8 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.412
9 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 0.430
10 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.561
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.577
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.668
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'20.972 Q1
14 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.308
15 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.432
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.491
17 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.536
18 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.709
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.795
20 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.998
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.051
22 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.261
23 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.408
24 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.958
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

www.sachsenring-circuit.com

Records

Pole Position 1m20.270s (164.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)
Race Lap 1m21.442s (162.2km/h) Jonas Folger (Yamaha, 2017)
Race Time 41m 01.087s (161km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)