Continued improvements saw Luca Marini set the pace for the Honda RC213V riders in the Sprint race, taking his best result of the year so far. Joan Mir takes learnings into Sunday.

A weekend of positivity continued for Luca Marini, the #10 getting faster with every session and able to not only stay with the other Hondas but frequently set the pace of the quintet. Taking 18th in Qualifying, his best grid position of the year, the Italian was primed for a strong Sprint race. Leading Zarco almost immediately, Marini would comfortably finish the 15 laps in 15th and as top Honda. It’s been a confidence boosting start to the weekend for the newest Honda recruit, able to banish the bad luck of Assen and get back on course. The goal for Sunday is clear: continue this trajectory.

It was not such a straightforward day for Joan Mir whose troubles continued. Able to find only marginal gains on his Repsol Honda Team machine, the double World Champion was left frustrated with the lack of feeling and speed. From 20th on the grid, Mir finished in 21st after a complicated Sprint. Setup experimentation combined with the hot conditions of Saturday did not help the #36 to change his fortunes, but there’s still time for overnight improvements.

Both Repsol Honda Team riders are focusing on the further positives to come from Sunday’s race. 30-laps around the tight and technical Sachsenring is always a demanding affair and could produce very different results to the Sprint.

Luca Marini


“It has been our best race so far, I really enjoyed the whole Sprint. I spent most of it behind Fabio and Diggia and I felt like I could stay there. It was really motivating to have this speed and it confirms the way we need to be working. This is exactly what we needed after the hard weekend in Assen. I am adapting much more to the bike, and we are seeing the progress forward. Of course there’s still more to do, but it’s important to enjoy these moments and do what we can tomorrow.”

Joan Mir


“Today, I made the save of my life at Turn One! It was incredible and I hope they can find the images. This is the positive from today. Our feeling was not really good after trying to experiment a little bit after a tough Friday but it wasn’t the way to go. We keep learning, this is really the most important thing and what we have to do in our current situation. Tonight we will check the data of the other guys and change our setup for Sunday.”

MotoGP 2024
Sprint Race Round 9   Germany

German GP - Sprint Result

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 12 Pramac Racing Ducati 20:18.904
2 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 9 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 0.676
3 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 7 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.311
4 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 6 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.458
5 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 5 Pramac Racing Ducati 5.600
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 4 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 6.281
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 3 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 6.284
8 Binder Brad 33 RSA 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 9.061
9 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 1 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 9.201
10 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 0 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 10.800
11 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 13.815
12 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 0 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 13.960
13 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 14.432
14 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 0 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 15.329
15 Marini Luca 10 ITA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 15.430
16 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 0 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 15.493
17 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 0 LCR Honda Honda 16.205
18 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 20.321
19 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 HRC Test Team Honda 23.733
20 Gardner Remy 87 AUS 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 26.366
21 Mir Joan 36 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 26.668
22 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA 0 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 26.715
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 1m 19.423s (166.3km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2024)
Race Lap 1m 20.667s (163.8km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2024)
Race Time 40m 40.087s (162.4km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati,2024)
2024 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)
2024 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)