The pole position lock out at the Sachsenring continued for Marc Marquez with a new circuit record while Stefan Bradl narrowly missed the top 12.
Marc Marquez’s intentions were clear from Free Practice 3 on Saturday, the seven-time World Champion topping the opening session by three tenths of a second. This relentless push continued to FP4 where he lapped consistently in the low 1’21s, ultimately ending the session second.
All eyes were on the reigning champion as Q2 began, Marquez didn’t disappoint and immediately set a 1’20.5. A two-stop run around the tight 3.7km long Sachsenring helped Marquez to improve on his own lap record, setting a 1’20.195 for his tenth straight pole position at the Sachsenring. Marquez’s tenth career pole at the German GP is his fifth of the 2019 season and is his 57th pole in the premier class – just one shy of Mick Doohan’s record.
Stefan Bradl’s 1’21.227 in Q1 was a further two tenths faster than his time from FP3 as he continued to improve his pace each session. The time was less than two tenths of a second off a Q2 transfer spot and will see the German start in 14th, just behind Dovizioso. Bradl’s past record at his home round has the German aiming for a top ten finish, especially after a consistent Free Practice 4 session in the low 1’22s.
Sunday’s 30-lap MotoGP race gets underway at 14:00 local time where Marquez will be looking to convert pole position to victory for the tenth time in his Grand Prix career.
German Grand Prix Qualification Results
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'20.195|
|2||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.205|
|3||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.211|
|4||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.336|
|5||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.495|
|6||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.662|
|7||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.769|
|8||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.828|
|9||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.866|
|10||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||0.909|
|11||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.942|
|12||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1.291|
|13||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1'21.105 Q1|
|14||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.122|
|15||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.208|
|16||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.328|
|17||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.341|
|18||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.360|
|19||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.532|
|20||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.578|
|21||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||0.691|
|22||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.014|
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|
|Longest straight||0.700 kilometres / 0.435 miles|
|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)|
|2019 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|