There was no doubting Marc Marquez’s commitment around the Sachsenring on Saturday morning, the #93 putting in a performance for the ages during Qualifying before running a more conservative Sprint race for 11th

Having put Friday’s difficulties behind him, Marc Marquez had a positive Free Practice session as Saturday at the German GP opened in wet conditions. Leading the way, Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team began their final preparations before a crucial Q1 session. With the track changing from wet to dry, the session proved treacherous for everyone on track and Marquez suffered a fall at the final corner.

In true #93 style, he immediately sprung to his feet and ran back to the garage to jump straight on his second bike with slicks fitted. The effort was rewarded with passage into Q2, but drama would strike again as Marquez fell once more at the final corner while avoiding Miller. Initially limping, Marquez was able to return to the Repsol Honda Team garage once again where lightning-fast work by the mechanics saw him return to Q2. Setting a 1’22.013, the eight-time World Champion would earn himself seventh on the grid before a third crash, this time at Turn 1, ultimately ended his chances of further improvements.

Saturday’s Sprint was a conservative affair for Marquez as he prioritized finishing the race to collect valuable information and improve for Sunday’s Grand Prix. Crossing the line in 11th, Marquez has hoped for more but approached the 15-lap Sprint with a calm and realistic mindset.

The 30-lap German Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 14:00 Local Time. Marquez is hopeful of improvements to his performance with a night to work on further setup refinements and more laps to take advantage of tyre life.

Marc Marquez


“In the morning I was able to ride well in the wet, I led the morning session. When the track started to dry, we found the same limits as yesterday. In Qualifying I was pushing a lot, I was really trying to give my maximum and pushing all the time. I want to say thank you to everyone in the team for their effort during Quali and after, they all worked a lot and did a great job. It was a lot of risk and for the race I had a calmer approach. I tried on the first lap but we didn’t have the feeling, so the priority was to avoid another crash and finish the race to prepare for tomorrow. I think we can be stronger on Sunday in the long race, today many people’s pace dropped towards the end, but we could keep the same pace.”

MotoGP 2023
Sprint Race Round 7   Germany

German GP - Sprint Race

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 12 Pramac Racing Ducati 20'21.871
2 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 9 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 2.468
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 3.287
4 Marini Luca 10 ITA 6 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 5.487
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 5 Pramac Racing Ducati 5.538
6 Binder Brad 33 RSA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 6.289
7 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 3 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 6.956
8 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 2 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 9.261
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 1 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 9.691
10 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 0 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 9.715
11 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 10.828
12 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 0 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 10.905
13 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 11.366
14 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 0 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 12.593
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 12.905
16 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 0 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 13.837
17 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 14.505
18 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 0 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 28.959
19 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA DNF Aprilia Racing Aprilia DNF
20 Folger Jonas 94 GER DNF Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM DNF
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)