Press releases from the teams, Bridgestone and sponsors after qualifying at the Sachsenring:
Superb 1-2 for Repsol Honda as Marquez takes pole number four of 2015
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa put on a masterclass today at Germany’s Sachsenring, dominating qualifying with a 1-2 finish.
Having led every session so far of the weekend, Marc began qualifying calm but confident. He smashed his own lap record by 0.6 seconds (1’20.937, 2014) on his second qualifying run with his time of 1’20.336 (lap 6/8). Tomorrow Marc will be looking to make it six successive wins at the German GP – all from pole position – after two wins in MotoGP (2013, 2014), two wins in Moto2 (2011 and 2012) and one win in 125cc (2010).
Teammate Dani has also been extremely competitive all weekend and qualified second for tomorrow’s 30 lap race with time of 1’20.628 (lap 7/10). Dani will be pushing for his 5th win in MotoGP class in Sachsenring after wins in 2007, 2010, 2011 & in 2012.
"After FP3, I was expecting to set a 1’20.7 or 1’20.6 this afternoon. However, when I saw that I had set a 1’20.3, I decided that it was best to stop and not do any more laps as that's when crashes happen! I am happy with my fast lap, but above all I am pleased with my pace and how I feel on the bike. It seems as if we are gradually getting better with that, but I am aware that tomorrow's race will be a tough 30 laps and that Dani is very strong here, as are Jorge and Valentino, but I feel ready to fight for the victory."
"I'm happy because we had a good qualifying session and productive practice sessions beforehand, with a strong pace. Now that we are on the front row tomorrow it will be important to make a good start at this circuit, because it is vital for the race. The track is so small that you benefit a lot from being at the front, so hopefully this time we can go with the first group. The front tyre choice will also be important. We'll see how it goes tomorrow, because we're eager to get a good result. Marc has a slightly stronger pace than mine, but we will try to do well and have a good race."
Lorenzo Speeds to Front Row Start at Sachsenring
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow‘s Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland from the first and second row of the grid, having taken third and sixth respectively in today‘s qualifying session.
Sachsenring (Germany), 11th July 2015
A sunny and crowded Sachsenring set the scene today for the duel for pole position that saw Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Jorge Lorenzo ride his Yamaha YZR-M1 to a third place start for tomorrow‘s race. Valentino Rossi also looked threatening for a spot on the front row at the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, but came just short and secured sixth place on the second row of the grid.
As often, Lorenzo displayed his determination by being the first rider out of the pit box. He moved into second position with his first flying lap, dropping immediately into the low 1‘21s with a 1‘21.481. Unable to improve his time in the following laps he came in for a change of rear tyre with eight minutes remaining, to continue his attack.
Having dropped to sixth, the Spaniard returned to the circuit two minutes later and climbed back up to second place, dipping under the 1‘21 mark with a blistering 1‘20.921. Lorenzo had three more attempts at beating his personal best time, but was unable to improve and ended the day in third, 0.585s from the front.
Teammate Valentino Rossi also went straight in to the action as soon as the green light signaled the start of the 15-minute time attack. The Italian‘s first lap initially lifted him to sixth before dropping to seventh as the pace increased, but the short German circuit allowed him three more tries and he responded soon with a 1‘21.364 for third.
He returned to the pits with a little more than six and a half minutes on the clock and quickly changed tyres in under a minute, before heading back out. He stepped up his pace in the next lap, but was still pushed back to fourth. Not letting this discourage him, he bettered his time even further on his second try with a 1'21.220 to reclaim third. He held on to this front row start until three rivals jumped in front of him in the final stages of the session, moving Rossi to sixth on the grid, 0.884s from first.
Third is a very good position, because we always struggle to be competitive at this track. This isn‘t the easiest circuit for Yamaha and it‘s also difficult with my riding style, but I did my best to ride a good lap time. I wasn‘t very happy about the first try, I was in sixth position, so that wasn‘t a really good lap time, but in the second one I improved so much. I was happy because I thought I was close to pole position, but when I saw that the fastest time was a 1‘20.336, I understood that today was not our day and that our rivals had a better bike to do one fast lap. Tomorrow it will be difficult to stay with Marquez, who seems to have a better pace, but everything is possible in racing and we are going to try our best to be fast from the start.
I wanted to try to start tomorrow‘s race more in front, because our potential today wasn‘t so bad. I thought and hoped that I could do a 1‘20-high, but unfortunately I made some mistakes and I couldn‘t do the perfect lap. Apart from that, I‘m on the second row and that‘s not so far behind and my pace is quite good. I can keep a good pace also with a used tyre so now we have to work and try to fix some small problems and make some small improvements for tomorrow and see what happens in the race. If you look at today‘s pace, Marquez is very strong and Pedrosa is the second, but very close. After them come me and Jorge and we are very similar. All the essential is there, I will try to fight with Jorge, ride a good race and try to arrive in front of him and score more points.
Starting the race from the first row was our goal, considering how difficult it is to overtake here. We are satisfied about the pace of both our riders and the job we have done so far, but there is still a margin for improvement. We will try to make another step forward during the night, which we will test during the warm up. Tomorrow is going to be a tough race, but I expect we can achieve another top result.
Row 2 start for Andrea Iannone, fourth in German GP qualifying; Dovizioso qualifies eleventh and will start from the fourth row
Andrea Iannone will start Sunday’s German Grand Prix, round 9 of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship at the Sachsenring, from the second row of the grid. The 25-year-old Italian set the fourth quickest time in the all-important Q2 qualifying session, seven-tenths of a second away from poleman Marquez. His Italian teammate Andrea Dovizioso had a less successful qualifying run: the 29-year-old terminated the 15-minute session down in eleventh place and he will start from the fourth row.
During the morning’s FP3 session, the two Ducati Team riders set fourth (Dovizioso) and ninth (Iannone) quickest times respectively, guaranteeing them direct entry into Q2. Iannone then finished the afternoon’s pre-qualifying FP4 session in eighth place, with Dovizioso eleventh.
In the decisive Q2 run, the two Italian riders went out on track with soft rear tyres and both set their best times on their second exit.
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 1’21.029 (4th)
“We did a good qualifying session, managing to get the best out of the bike and the package we have. It was difficult to obtain more and I am happy for this reason, but I am not very happy about our overall performance. Tomorrow I expect to improve something in race configuration, in order to try and better manage the bike’s sliding because when we are at maximum lean, my GP15 tends to slide around a bit too much. For the race it will be important to make the bike more stable in the corners, seeing as we will use the harder tyre. Here at the Sachsenring it is really important to start well and try and stay in the top positions, so a second row start is not so bad on this track.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1’21.503 (11th)
“I am disappointed with my grid position because starting close to the front was what interested me the most in view of the race. It is really important here at the Sachsenring, which is a short and narrow track, but I was unable to do a good qualifying session because the front of the bike closed in on me too easily through the curves, and so I couldn’t push as hard as I wanted. However my pace is not bad and so I’ll try and make up some places in the race.”
SOLID IMPROVEMENTS FOR TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR IN GERMANY
Team Suzuki Press Office – July 11.
The second day in Germany for the ninth round of the MotoGP™ World Championship saw both Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders steadily improve their performances, with both competing in Q2 to battle for the top-12 positions on the grid.
At the end of the session Aleix Espargarò classified seventh with a 1’21.239s-lap and Maverick Viñales finished in 12th with a 1’21.796 lap-time.
In this morning’s FP3 session, Espargarò tried to improve the feeling with his GSX-RR that he missed yesterday, finally managing to be more-confident and scoring improved lap-times as a result. Despite the little crash he suffered – without injuries for the rider, which slowed down the crew’s job of making machine changes – he finally found the 1’21.689-lap that granted him direct access to a place in Q2. The work continued in FP4, with the definition of the set-up for overall race pace. In qualifying his feeling constantly improved and he could finally find a positive set-up to head the third-row of the grid.
Viñales, as well, did a positive job today improving his feeling with the GSX-RR compared to yesterday’s less-exact feeling. After FP3 he was only 0.034s from 10th place, preventing him direct access to Q2. He was therefore forced to have a good Q1, which he did, finally going into Q2 being one of the top-two finishers. However, in Q2, he struggled to find the confidence needed to be within the top riders and ended the session with the 12th time, which means the fourth row on tomorrow’s grid.
Davide Brivio – Team Manager:
“Despite what the final classification of qualifying says I believe that this has been another positive day for us. We made many improvements from yesterday and our work schedule proceeded smoothly. Aleix this morning entered Q2 directly after FP3, the crash he suffered complicated a little of our job but he immediately regained his confidence despite the pain and this is the most important thing. Maybe he could have done a little better but he is in seventh place and it’s not bad. Maverick as well entered Q2 at the end and we are proud to see both of our riders in the top qualifying session. They both worked well, thinking about the race, running many laps with worn tyres with a good pace overall.
“As we are new on this track we lack information and data and this time this has probably made the adaptation process harder and slower than in the other races. The riders suffered two different problems: for Maverick we need to find better traction while Aleix is not completely confident with the front-end, even if he has very good feeling in the high-speed corners and we don’t want to compromise this feeling. They are different riders and therefore have different riding styles. We will work hard to deliver them two machines that can assist them in the most efficient way and I think we have all the potential to stay in the group and to enjoy the fight tomorrow.”
“I hoped for something better at this track because it is tight and we don’t need so much engine power as at other circuits, but we are struggling and I can’t be as competitive as I was at the other tracks. Here I lack in confidence with the front, preventing me making the machine turn as I want it to; especially in the slower part of the circuit. Our pace is not bad, we improved a lot since yesterday and also in FP4 I ran many laps with worn tyres and this satisfied me. In qualifying my one quick lap was not perfect, but I’m on the third row and I’ll try to make a good race.”
“I think we worked really well with used tyres and a full-tank to prepare for the race and my pace is good with this configuration. The problem in qualifying is that we struggle to find the best traction: I feel the rear is spinning a lot and I can’t deliver the power to the ground as I would like. In addition, I had a little slide when I was trying the fast lap and this prevented me from scoring a good time. Anyway we improved a lot both in the bike set-up and in my riding style, with some modification also to the lines I follow. I feel confident with the race configuration and I think that if tomorrow I can keep calm and focused, I can fight to stay in the middle-pack and aim for a good position at the end.”
Alvaro Bautista with a good spot on the sixth row. Laverty will start from the eighth row, consistently improving his times
Sachsenring (Germany), 11 July 2015 - Today the qualifiers for the German GP starting grid were held. Alvaro Bautista confirmed the hard work done over these two days of practice and rode his Aprilia RS-GP to the sixteenth best time (1’22,049) which earned him a spot on the sixth row of the starting grid tomorrow. The good placement of the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini rider takes on even more value in light of the poor grip Alvaro had to deal with in qualifiers. Improving grip would mean being able to aim for an even better placement in the race and he is working on this with the Italian team.
Michael Laverty, making his racing début on the RS-GP, continued improving his times, finishing the qualifiers with a time of 1’22,947 that places him on the eighth row with the 24th best time.
ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)
“We are continuing our programme and we've tried various new solutions here as well. Bautista's performance and his final position on the grid are not bad, although we need to tackle the problem of grip on the rear. Michael is doing a good job providing us with feedback consistent with Alvaro's feelings, and he has continued to progress.”
FAUSTO GRESINI (Team Manager)
“Today in qualifiers Alvaro had a good lap pace. Tomorrow I'm sure he will ride a good race and meet our goals, which are still the same: crossing the wire to collect important data and maybe even a few points. Laverty also did well. He is having a good weekend of consistent progress. Tomorrow it will be interesting to see him again in the race and to get his impressions of the bike.”
“We improved a bit compared to yesterday and the sixth row isn't bad. Starting well will be important, just like in the last race. In FP4 we tried something different but in the end for the qualifiers I chose the setting that had worked the best in practice so far. I tried to push but I wasn't able to take full advantage of the first tyre because the bike was sliding too much going into and coming out of turns. So with the second tyre I looked after it without taking too many risks. For the race we need to improve grip, especially in worn tyre conditions.”
“I'm pleased with the way the weekend has gone so far because we have been able to improve in each session, although we had hoped to do a little better in qualifying. Each time I ride onto the track I feel more and more at home and I'm pleased with the general feeling I have with the bike. Tomorrow morning in warm up we'll try a few more changes because I think we can improve the bike's performance both at the front and the rear. Tomorrow I'd like to stay in the mix with the riders in front of me: my brother Eugene, De Angelis, Hayden and Aoyama.”
Fifth row start for Redding in Germany
Sachsenring, Germany - 11 July 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding will start tomorrow’s German Grand Prix from 14th on the grid, after missing out on a place in QP2 by just six hundredths of a second this afternoon.
The 22-year-old Briton, who was third fastest in the final free practice session today, lost out in qualifying to three open class riders who all made good use of the super soft tyre that is not available to Redding as a factory rider.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on a QP2 place by such a narrow margin, Redding remains confident for tomorrow’s race, after showing good race pace throughout all three free practice sessions this weekend.
However, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider is well aware that a strong result is very much reliant on a good start here at the Sachsenring, as the ultra tight turn one has seen its fair share of first lap dramas in recent years.
Scott Redding: 14th – 1’21.632
"I'm not really disappointed, because we've had good pace all weekend, but I am annoyed not to make it through to QP2 once again. We've been a step higher here than we normally have but when we went into qualifying after free practice I knew that it would be difficult against the guys with the softer tyre based on their times from FP3. But we made a step and improved again and I tried to make up a bit more, but it was really difficult to find more time. The Suzuki and Ducati with the soft tyre made a little improvement and that's why we're not there today. Our race pace is not too bad and it's quite consistent with low 22's, so I’ll be looking for a good start and then trying to make up as many places as I can.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"This hasn't been a bad weekend for us so far. We have improved throughout free practice and then gone faster in qualifying than at any other point during the weekend. But it's so difficult in qualifying because the other riders can use the super soft tyre so it's crucial that in FP3 we can make it into the top ten to avoid having to do the first qualifying session. It's a little bit frustrating because with the normal tyre we are in a strong position. It will be difficult tomorrow starting from 14th on the grid and while Scott's race pace is very good, fighting up through the field will be very difficult."
Espargaro to contest Sachsenring battle from 8th on the grid
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Pol Espargaro will bolt from 8th on the grid aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1 after a firm qualifying performance in the 15 minute Q2 shootout at the tight and twisting Sachsenring circuit today. The young Spaniard began the second day by continuing to make steps forward with the setup of his MotoGP bike and concluded the morning FP3 session in 10th place, which allowed him to progress through to Q2. The 24 year old rider jumped straight into gear as the session began and pushed instantly in order to seize a strong grid position. With the seconds continuing down, Espargaro posted a best time of 1’21.274 which equalled an 8th place start, yet his performance saw him a blink of an eye from the second row by only 0.054. He now sets his sights on charging through the MotoGP field at the challenging circuit as he aims to lead the battle for the top satellite position in tomorrow’s race.
On the opposite side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team pit box, Bradley Smith will begin the 30 lap sprint around the 3.7 kilometre circuit from the rear of the third row on the grid after a resolute effort in qualifying today. The young British rider started the day with a rapid pace in FP3, where he finished in 5th position and which elevated him through to the QP2 face off. Here, he leapt into action and pulled the plug instantly as he did his upmost to clinch a top qualifying time. However, he was forced to enter the pits in order to repair the windshield at the end of his first lap after pulling off a dramatic save to prevent himself from a high side. Nevertheless, Smith determinedly returned to the track soon after and on his penultimate lap, he set a 1’21.329 which certified 9th on the grid, but was just over a tenth of a second from the second row. Tomorrow he will launch from the starting grid and will then intend to record a ninth successive top eight finish in 2015 at the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.
Position : 8th Time : 1'21,274 Laps : 9
"In all honesty, I’m quite satisfied with how our day went and I feel ready for what will be a challenging battle tomorrow. In FP4 we found out how to improve our performance in the first and second sectors plus, our race pace with used tyres was really promising. As a result, this gave me a lot of confidence and energy for the qualifying session and overall, the final outcome was not too bad. We are in the same bracket as Valentino which is a tenth of a second, which means that we are only 0.054 from the second row. Nevertheless, we will have to begin the race from 8th with three open bikes in front of us, who were on soft tyres today. Therefore, the aim for tomorrow will be to climb up the rankings and finish the first half of the season with a strong result."
Position : 9th Time : 1'21,329 Laps : 10
"Overall, I am optimistic for the race tomorrow, despite the fact that I’m a little bit disappointed with my final qualifying position today. The slide that I had on my bike during my first flying lap affected our qualifying quite a bit. I didn’t take full advantage of the first set of tyres and then I was too nervous on the second pair, especially on my final lap where I lost a lot of time in the last sector due to this. Therefore, I’m a bit dissatisfied as my objective today was to qualify on the front two rows and even though we are not too far back from there, we are 9th and not 6th. However, to be starting on the inside of the track might be an advantage here. In addition, I have a good race pace and am confident with the bike and even though it will be a tricky event as the tyres drop quite a lot here, I am ready for a good challenge."
Eugene Laverty's Tribute to Dr. John Hinds & #HEMSNI
Eugene Laverty will race at this weekend's German Grand Prix with a special helmet to pay tribute to his friend, Dr John Hinds, who died at last weekend's Skerries 100 Road Races in Ireland. Eugene will wear a replica, made by Shoei Helmets, of Dr Hinds' helmet at the Sachsenring to pay tribute to his friend.
Dr Hinds earned his nickname as 'The Flying Doctor' by saving countless lives in both the racing and medical communities. He also worked as a fevered campaigner for a Helicopter Medical Support unit in Northern Ireland to offer quick response to serious accidents within the country.
Eugene also believes this cause is of vital importance for his home country and he hopes that by wearing the helmet he can continue to help raise awareness for the campaign. A petition was started following the accident to continue Dr Hinds' campaign for HEMS NI with over 45,000 people having signed to date.
Shoei have made a one off helmet for here and I'll wear it during the race as a tribute to John because he was a big hero to all of us back home. I met John in 2010 and he was always on hand to help me if I needed any scans or advice and coming from Ireland I have lots of friends who race on the roads and he saved a lot of their lives by being straight on the scene. I had a lot of time for him but also it's important to support HEMS for NI. I want to help raise awareness for that and the petition already has over 45,000 signatures and that was something that he worked very hard for.
I had the pleasure of meeting John through my wife Leona. John worked in Antrim hospital along with Leona in the intensive care unit. Leona sang his praises as to how good he was at his work and how nice a guy he was, but the part that got me interested was that he was mad keen about motorbikes.
I had the pleasure of sharing a track with John and we both enjoyed a few fast laps together around the Bishopscourt circuit. He was extremely talented on a bike and wanted to learn more and I was more than happy to be able to help him out and pass on what I had learned over my years of racing. It was nice to be able to give something back to John in return, as he was always the guy helping me out when I had any problems or injuries, he would always be the first person offering his assistance.
I had heard a lot about John before we met, his reputation preceded him. An absolutely terrific guy who saved the lives of a number of my friends in his role as travelling Doctor. John's personality endeared him to everyone he met, his passion for motorcycling combined with his renowned talent as a Doctor made him an icon in the Motorcycling world. John joked that he would come help me get my bike set up as we were fellow BMW pilots this year, sadly we never got that day on track together. The world is a darker place without John Hinds
Difficult qualifying for Athinà Forward Racing at Sachsenring
Qualifying has just ended at Sachsenring, the circuit that tomorrow will host the ninth race of the 2015 season. It was a difficult session for the riders of the Athinà Forward Racing team. Loris Baz and Claudio Corti will start tomorrow respectively from the seventh and the ninth row of the grid with the aim of getting close to their rivals in the Open category.
Loris Baz, his first time on the difficult German track, closed with a 1.22.394, fourth fastest in Open class and he will start tomorrow from 20th place. The Frenchman, who showed a good race pace and is boosted by the latest positive results, is confident he can do well and fight with the quickest tomorrow.
Claudio Corti is also positive even if he will start from the bottom of the grid. The rider from Como, returning to racing after eight months, has significantly improved today and pulled off a time of 1.23.374. The work on the data will continue for him today to adjust the setting of his Yamaha Forward for the race.
“It was not the qualifying I hoped: the track is very technical and I made small error on my fast lap. The overall pace is rather good and I'm sure I could get close to Barbera to fight for the Open lead“.
“I am pretty happy, step by step the feeling with the bike is getting better and better. Improving our lap time in each round was our goal and I am satisfied. During my fast lap I made a small mistake in the last corner and I lost something, otherwise I could have improved even more. I’m gradually getting all the old feelings back and I'm confident for the race. Thanks to all the team and the engineers for their support and commitment, we continue to analyze the data waiting for the race“.
CRUTCHLOW CONFIDENT OF PROGRESS DESPITE DIFFICULT DAY
Qualifying at the Sachsenring for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Germany saw CWM LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow qualify in tenth place on the fourth row of the grid, but the British rider is confident of being able to turn his and the team’s fortunes around in the 30-lap race.
Having gone directly through to the main qualifying shootout, Crutchlow was hopeful of setting a fast time, but after having crashed in the morning free practice session he wasn’t quite able to put a quick lap together, eventually having to settle for tenth. However the Isle of Man-based rider believes he has the necessary race pace to make significant forward progress when the flag drops.
Cal Crutchlow #35 – 10th (1’21.409)
“First and foremost I’m disappointed to be tenth on the grid, but I’d also like to say sorry to Dani Pedrosa for holding him up on his lap. I honestly just didn’t see him, he was approaching so fast and it was my mistake. Thankfully it wasn’t his fastest lap in the end.
“I had a big crash in FP3, I went into the corner a bit too fast and didn’t want to risk losing the front so I used the rear brake a little too much and it threw me over the handlebars. So I have a small crack in my elbow and my fibula, but honestly I’m ok and not in too much pain.”
It’s been a difficult day all in all, my qualifying lap time today was basically where I was in 2013, so it just shows how much things have come on. I still think though that we have the pace to run in the top six tomorrow, and that would be a good result. The Hondas seem to be going better around here than at other tracks, but when the grip drops we struggle a bit so we’ll try and manage that tomorrow.”
Barbera rules in the Open Class qualifying for the German GP
11/07/15 Avintia Racing MotoGP - Grand Prix of Germany - QP
The Avintia Racing team rider Hector Barbera got his seventh Open Class “pole position” of the season today at the Sachsenring. With a impressive lap time of 1’21.628s in the Q1, the Spanish rider missed a place in the final qualifying by just 62 thousandths of a second. Even so, he was the best Open Class rider on track and 0.5s faster than the next rider using the control Magneti Marelli software and ahead of several factory riders. Barbera hopes to make a good start and try to fight to be the best rider of his class in the German Grand Prix.
Mike Di Meglio was happy with his race pace and the improvements made during the weekend, but obviously he is not so happy with his grid position. The Avintia Racing riders will start tomorrow’s race from the seventh row of the grid and aiming to score some points in the last race before the summer break.
HECTOR BARBERA #8 / 13th (P1 Open) 1'21.628 @HectorBarbera
To be honest I’m happy because during the weekend we have been working really well. I’m ready for the race, although it will be hard and long with 30 laps. We have one thing clear, and it’s that we have to finish the race without incidents and get some points. Is the last race before the summer break and we have to punch on the table and show that we want to win this championship. I think the race will be funny. If I manage to do a good start I would like to get with the group of Petrucci and those guys. In the Open Class I think Hayden and Miller are going fast here… Maybe we have a group race and we can enjoy the fight. Germany is always a good track for me, and I’ve been always fast. After two unlucky races I hope to finish this one.
MIKE DI MEGLIO #63 / 21st (P6 Open) 1'22.441 @Mikejpp63
We have improved during all the weekend and this is positive. I did my time alone in the qualifying and it was not bad, the problem is that the rest of the riders were very strong. We still have some issues in the corner exits, in my second try we made some small modification that help me to open the gas early, but we need to keep working to get a better control of the bike with the throttle. My pace during the FP4 was okay and I made several laps in 23s lows in old tyres. Only Hector seems to be able to lap in 22s, the rest of the Open bikes are quite close, so the race will be funny. The only negative is starting 21st in a track where overtaking is really difficult.
MILLER HOPING TO FINISH AS TOP OPEN IN GERMANY
CWM LCR Honda’s Jack Miller qualified as the top Open Honda rider at the Sachsenring in Germany today, and he will start the 30-lap Grand Prix of Germany from 18th place on the grid.
The Australian is a big fan of the tight and twisty venue, and made significant progress after a difficult first day of practice on Friday. After disappointment last time out in Holland, he is confident of being able to finish as top Open bike, with the focus being on getting through the crucial first laps.
Jack Miller #43 - 18th (1’22.225)
“We started off quite slowly on Friday, but we came through today and really improved the bike in free practice, especially on the used tyres. Qualifying still wasn’t quite perfect for me though, we would still like to improve on how the bike is handling. There’s a lot of spin here in Sachsenring and I was just beginning to manage it a bit better, it wasn’t so aggressive and snappy under acceleration.”
“The bike is working well, I feel comfortable here but it’s definitely a difficult circuit and 30 laps will feel very long around here. It’s one of my favourite race-tracks though, I made my debut here and won here last year so it’s kind of special to me and I’m going to enjoy it a lot. I think finishing as top Open bike is within reach, but we’ll need to get a decent start and stay out of trouble for the first five or six laps.”
Stunning second row for Yonny. Petrux will start 15°, determined to fight for the Top 10
A stunning saturday's qualification for Yonny Hernandez who conquered the second row of the Grand Prix of Germany and equaled his best result ever in qualifying after the fifth-place in Qatar seasonal debut.
Danilo Petrucci had instead to deal with grip problems that did not allow him to win the Q1. The race pace, howewer, is good and tomorrow the rider from Terni, although starting from the fifth row, will have the chance to fight for the Top 10.
The day did not start in the best way for Yonny. During FP3 the Colombian was unable to be competitive finishing in 13th position. It was the only mistake of his saturday. Following a very good FP4 (6th time) Yonny managed to win the Q1 with a laptime of 1'21.333. In the Q2 the rider from Medellin was able to do better lowering by more than two tenths of a second his time and finishing in fifth position with a crono of 1'21.115, less than two tenths of a second behind the front row.
Petrux failed to be decisive over one lap. The Italian set a good lap time in Q1 (1'21.760) unfortunately only two tenths of a second behind the second place that would be worth the Q2. During FP4, however, Danilo lapped with laptime very close to the Top 10, taking confidence for the race. Petrux will start in the fifth row from the fifteenth position.
5° - Yonny Hernandez - OCTO Pramac Racing #68 - 1'21.115
I am very happy with this result. On this circuit I always manage to express myself better. The credit goes to the team that has obviously worked very well. We quickly found a good setting and then choose a map in which I found great confidence. I hope tomorrow we can do a good race to get important points for the championship. In Qatar I was able to stay for a lot of laps in the lead group. It's a very important opportunity because lapping with the guys in front let you always learn a lot. I hope to learn a lot tomorrow and be able to defend my position.
15° - Danilo Petrucci - OCTO Pramac Racing #9 - 1'21.760
I can not be satisfied with the outcome, it is clear. In numerical terms, this is one of the worst qualifying with Barcelona. But the race pace is not bad. Unfortunately I can not find grip with the rear. I do not feel the difference between new tires and used tires, soft tires and hard tires. This does not allow me to exploit the whole power of the bike becoming a major limitation. We are trying to find a solution. The race is long and the distance between me and the Top 10 is not big. We will need to put in place even the smallest detail to be able to do better. In warm up we will try other solutions. I can say, however, that beyond the 15 ° I'm quite confident.
Marquez obliterates Sachsenring lap record to take pole position at the German Grand prix
Round 9: German MotoGP™ - Qualifying
Sachsenring, Saturday July 11 2015
Bridgestone slick options: Front: Soft, Asymmetric Front, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre options: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: FP3 - Dry. Ambient 18-20°C; Track 32-35°C (Bridgestone measurement)
FP4/QP - Dry. Ambient 22-23°C; Track 38-40°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Marc Marquez is on track to extend Repsol Honda Team’s run of five consecutive premier-class victories at the German Grand Prix after the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion smashed his own Sachsenring Circuit Best Lap record by a staggering 0.601 seconds.
Marquez led every MotoGP session heading into Qualifying Practice 2 and increased the pace even further when it counted most, setting the quickest ever time at Sachsenring - a 1’20.336 - to take pole position ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa, who set a best time of 1’20.628. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo claimed the final front row grid slot for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix with a time of 1’20.921. All three riders on the front row set their best time using the medium compound rear slick, but while Marquez and Pedrosa used the medium compound front slick to set their best times, Lorenzo utilised the asymmetric front slick to set his quickest time.
Conditions today at Sachsenring were almost perfect, with warmer ambient temperatures than yesterday, although the peak track temperature reading of 40°C during FP4 was only slightly higher than yesterday’s peak. The favourable conditions resulted in a number of riders evaluating the hard compound front slick in Free Practice 4, yet in a similar fashion to yesterday it was the asymmetric and medium front slick options which proved to be the best performers around Sachsenring and it is expected that these options will be the two front tyres of choice for tomorrow’s race. For the rear tyre, the medium compound rear slick fared best in today’s conditions, with track temperatures not reaching a high enough level for the factory Honda and Yamaha riders to try the hard compound rear slick. Rear tyre choice for the German Grand Prix should have the majority of riders selecting the medium compound rear slick, although some open class riders are likely to use the soft compound rear slick for the race.
Similar weather conditions are forecast for tomorrow, where the next MotoGP session will be Warm Up at 0940 local time (GMT +2). The thirty lap German Grand Prix will get underway at 1400 local time.
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“Conditions today were more favourable than yesterday and it allowed the riders to experiment with quite a few tyre options. Many riders were able to make up their mind on which rear tyre they will use for the race quite early on, so the main focus today was finding out which front tyre works best for each individual rider. The addition of a fourth front slick option for the German Grand Prix made this process a little more complicated than usual, but it seems that the asymmetric and medium front slicks are the options that are working the best at Sachsenring this weekend. In terms of the difference between these two specifications of front slick, the asymmetric front gives better edge grip and warm-up performance on the right shoulder, while the medium front provides a little more cornering stability on the right shoulder, so it depends on which qualities the riders prefer that will determine their race choice. I am satisfied with how our tyre allocation has performed so far this weekend, Marquez made a sensational lap to beat his own lap record and that is the fifth Circuit Best Lap record achieved this year from the first nine rounds of the season.”
GoPro German Grand Prix - Qualifying
KENT ON POLE DESPITE CRASH
Danny Kent stormed to his third Moto3™ pole position of the season despite crashing 15 minutes from the end of the qualifying session for the GoPro German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring this afternoon. The 21 year old Wiltshire rider had set such a fast pace in the opening part of the 40 minute session nobody could catch him as he watched the timing screens in his pit box. Riding the Leopard Racing Honda, Kent leads the Moto3 World Championship by a massive 57 points as he chases his fifth grand prix win of the season in the 27 lap race around the 2.281 miles Sachsenring circuit tomorrow. Scotsman John McPhee did not fare so well riding at his Racing Team Germany’s home race and finally qualified in 20th place.
World champion Mark Marquez decimated the lap record to lead the MotoGP™ class on the Repsol Honda and is joined on the front row by his team-mate Dani Pedrosa and the Movistar Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo. Championship leader Valentino Rossi starts from the second row. This was a tough qualifying session for the British riders. Oxfordshire’s Bradley Smith had looked in great form during practice but he smashed the screen of his Monster Tech3 Yamaha on his first fast lap when he almost crashed at Turn 12. He did well to qualify on the third row in ninth place, one place in front of the CWM LCR Honda of Cal Crutchlow. Gloucestershire’s Scott Redding just failed to make the second qualifying session and starts from the fifth row. Eugene and Michael Laverty start from 23rd and 24th place, respectively.
Lincolnshire’s Sam Lowes was a disappointing ninth in Moto2™ qualifying after leading the way in the early practice session followed by a couple of crashes on the Speed Up machine. Championship leader Frenchman Johann Zarco chases his third successive win from pole position after leading the way from Xavier Simeon and Franco Morbidelli.
Tissot Pole Position Awards - Germany
MARQUEZ DECIMATES LAP RECORD TO TAKE SACHSENRING POLE
MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez was back to his very best to take pole position for the German Grand Prix around the demanding 3.671 kms Sachsenring circuit this afternoon. The Spanish Honda rider chasing his sixth successive win at the legendary venue dominated both qualifying and practice as he chases just his second win of the season.
He received his fourth pole setting Tissot T-Touch Solar watch of the season from five times World Cup Olympic Ski jump winner Richard Freitag and is joined on the front row of the grid for the 30 lap race by his team-mate Dani Pedrosa and the Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo. Championship leader Valentino Rossi starts from the second row after qualifying in sixth place.
Tissot Ambassador Bradley Smith had looked in superb form throughout practice but in the first part of qualifying smashed the screen of his Yamaha when he almost crashed at turn 12. He recovered well and will start from the third row in ninth place. Nicky Hayden was 19th but Stefan Bradl misses the race after breaking the scaphoid bone in his wrist when he crashed two weeks ago in Assen.
Moto2™ Championship leader Johann Zarco chases his third successive grand prix win from pole position after receiving his fourth Tissot T-Race Pole setting watch of the season. He is joined on the front row of the grid for the 29 lap race by Belgian Xavier Simeon and impressive Italian Franco Morbidelli. Tissot Ambassadors Tom Luthi and Tito Rabat start from the second row after qualifying fourth and sixth respectively. Just seven days ago Rabat had an operation to plate a broken right collarbone sustained in a training crash.
Moto3™ Championship leader Danny Kent received his pole setting Tissot Quickster watch despite missing the last ten minutes of the qualifying session. He crashed without injury, but still his early lap times were enough to give him pole. The Honda rider who dominated the three practice sessions is joined on the front row for the 27 lap race by Enea Bastianini and Karel Hanika. Miguel Oliveira who has won two of the last three races returned to Portugal for an operation after breaking his left hand in a crash on Friday morning.
• Marc Marquez is on pole for the fourth time in 2015. This is the sixth successive year he has been pole at the Sachsenring – on the previous five occasions he has gone on to win the race.
• Dani Pedrosa is in second place on the grid, which is his best qualifying result since he was second fastest qualifier at the opening race of the year in Qatar. Pedrosa has had six podium finishes from his eight starts in the MotoGP class at the Sachsenring, including four wins.
• This is the first time since the Malaysian Grand Prix last year that Honda riders have taken the top two places on the grid.
• Jorge Lorenzo is on the front row of the grid for the sixth time this year at one of only three circuits on the current schedule where he has not had a grand prix victory.
• Tissot Ambassador Bradley Smith, who is in ninth place on the grid, has scored points in the last fourteen successive races.
• Johann Zarco starts from pole for the third successive race. He has won from pole at the last two races and if he wins in Germany he will become the first rider to win three successive Moto2 races from pole position.
• In second place on the grid is Xavier Simeon – his first front row start since he was on pole in Austin.
• Franco Morbidelli is in third place on the grid, which equals his best ever grand prix qualifying result which he had at the final race of 2014 at Valencia.
• Danny Kent starts from pole for the third time in 2015. Kent could become the first British rider to win a lightweight-class (125cc/Moto3) grand prix at the Sachsenring since Dave Simmonds won around the original road circuit in 1969, the year he won the world title – the last British rider to win the light-weight-class world championship.
• Kent is the first Honda rider to qualify on pole in the lightweight-class at the Sachsenring since Andrea Dovizioso in 2004. Honda has not won a lightweight-class grand prix in Germany since Marco Melandri won the 125cc GP at the Sachsenring in 1999.
• Enea Bastianini, who crashed last year in Germany on the first lap, is on the front row for the third successive race.
• Karel Hanika has qualified on the front row for the second time in his grand prix career – his only other front row start was two weeks ago at Assen.