Marc Marquez took his sixty-eight pole position in career and his eighth in a row at the Sachsenring today (his fifth there in MotoGP), with Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa joining him on the front row in third place.

Qualifying day at the German GP dawned without rain, but FP3 was the only MotoGP session today to be completed in totally dry conditions. Marc was fastest in that session with Dani ninth, both securing spots in Q2.

FP4 saw the Repsol Honda pair displaying an impressive pace before rain started falling 10 minutes from the end, when Marc was leading the way in first and Dani just behind in second.

Marc Marquez

Pole Position

“When I saw that it was going to be a wet qualifying session, I set a front-row position as my target. Anyway, I’ve felt very good on the bike since the beginning and I saw that the rain was easing off, so I tried to find a good rhythm as I prepared to attack in the final stages. Halfway into the session there was a bit of confusion with Maverick. In qualifying everyone pushes a lot and there was some contact, but luckily nothing happened. In the end I was able to do a very good lap and I’m quite happy with that, as it’s always very difficult to manage in the rain. Now we just need to focus on the race, which will be tough as there are many fast riders with a good pace, starting with my teammate! It seems that it won’t rain, but whatever conditions we find, it will be okay, as we have a really good pace both in the dry and in the wet.”

Dani Pedrosa


“I’m very happy with this front-row position, as the start is very important at this track since the first corners are very tight. So I’m happy with the result and also to have found my feeling in the wet again, which I had lost in Assen last week. It was a very interesting qualifying session because the asphalt was so “grippy” with the rain. Watching Q1, it was amazing to see how fast they went and how tight the lap times were. When our session started, the track began to dry and the temperature also began to rise. The conditions were tricky but ultimately we got a good result. We lapped well enough in the dry as well, so we’re ready to try and get a good result tomorrow. We’ll try to do a good start, be aggressive in the first corners, and quickly set a good rhythm.”

MotoGP 2017
Qualifying Round 9   Germany

Results Session

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'27.302
2 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1'27.462
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'27.949
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'28.089
5 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'28.210
6 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'28.383
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Yamaha 1'28.402
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1'28.526
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'28.669
10 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'28.703
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'28.823
12 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'28.968
13 Miller Jack 43 AUS Marc VDS Racing Team Honda 1'27.967 Q1
14 Baz Loris 76 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1'27.979 Q1
15 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'28.015 Q1
16 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'28.103 Q1
17 Kallio Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'28.285 Q1
18 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1'28.404 Q1
19 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'28.444 Q1
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'28.625 Q1
21 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1'28.659 Q1
22 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'29.504 Q1
23 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1'29.578 Q1
24 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Honda 1'30.028 Q1
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 1m20.195s (164.7km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Lap 1m21.228s (162.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Time 41m 01.087s (161km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2021 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)