MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Sachsenring MotoGP Race Result: Written In The Stars But A Fancy Telescope Was Needed

If the searing heat wasn’t enough, the Sachsenring was out to intimidate with some spots of rain ahead of the premier class race. Despite all the question marks and the nerves, all talk of rain ended after the first few laps and all talk was about miraculous comebacks and other such superlatives addressed to Marc Marquez. After 581 days, there were tears of joy for a change and the King of the Ring set off the fireworks after he achieved his 11th consecutive victory in Germany. Miguel Oliveira put up a fight but had to admit defeat and settle for second, in a pretty good day for KTM. After a hard race, Fabio Quartararo claimed the final step on the podium to strengthen his position in the world championship standings.

Against all odds, the Ducatis were beaten off the line and a busy turn 1 saw Aleix Espargaro grab the lead ahead of Marquez and poleman Johann Zarco, with Quartararo, Jack Miller and Oliveira close behind. Impatient as ever, Marquez was quick to make his move at the final corner to lead the way at the start of lap 2. Espargaro hit back next time around turn 12 but the Honda immediately repeated the move at the final turn to resume the lead. Behind them, Zarco was keeping Miller, Quartararo and Oliveira at bay, while Brad Binder had arrived to the party from 13th on grid. Amongst the Q1 brigade, Joan Mir joined the top 10 by lap four but Maverick Viñales made no progress off the line and very little progress for the rest of the race.

Back at the front, there was no more progress needed for Marquez, who continued to push from the lead of the pack, but so were the rest of the favourites behind him. However, Aleix Espargaro was the only obvious threat in the initial stages, with the Ducatis holding station while Oliveira got ahead of Quartararo for fifth. The leading group was still sizable on lap 5, with the leaders joined by Binder, Alex Rins, Jorge Martin, Mir and Pol Espargaro, although they were not making much noise at the back of the pack.

With the early pace not quite as hot yet as what riders showed in practice, it looked like the leading group was riding a bit more cautiously, maybe because of tyre wear concerns or maybe because of drops of rain on their visor. It wasn’t long until the white flag was shown on lap 9 and it looked like Marquez was the only one not spooked by it, gapping the pack by one second over the next lap. Miller saw the Spaniard run away and got ahead of Aleix Espargaro despite the rain flag coming out and waving in his line of sight.

The rain never got significant enough to concern him and Marquez extended his advantage to a second and a half by lap 11. Miller and Oliveira were the keenest to chase him down, leaving Aleix Espargaro half a second behind and with Quartararo and Zarco looking for a way past. Oliveira got past Miller at turn 12 to lead the chase with the fastest lap yet but the gap to the leader was slow to come down. Drops were soon forgotten and the pace at the front was picking up by lap 14, mainly courtesy of Marquez and Oliveira, leaving Miller almost a second behind and with only Espargaro and Quartararo seemingly able to keep up with the Australian, while Zarco and Binder dropped half a second back.

Marquez’s gap was still two seconds as he entered the second half of the race, but Oliveira was just as determined to keep him in his sights and stretched the same gap back to Miller. Quartararo started to make some moves mid-race and got past Espargaro to pursue Miller with 13 laps to go. With 12 laps remaining and tyres entering a critical period, the gap at the front reduced under 1.5 seconds for the first time, while Quartararo got past Miller at turn 12 to join the podium party that was now taking place over three seconds behind Oliveira.

Marquez pushed to cling onto his advantage for the next few laps but Oliveira continued to apply pressure and dropped Quartararo and the growing group battling for fourth over four seconds back. With the leading Honda quicker in the first two sectors and the KTM having the upper hand in the final two, the gap at the front continued to fluctuate and Marquez going a bit wide at turn 1 reduced the gap to under a second for the first time with seven laps to go. The Spaniard was quick to recover the couple of tenths he lost at turn 1 but Oliveira was not showing any such weakness behind him.

Marquez was anything but smooth as he entered the final five laps, as tyre wear and perhaps exhaustion was starting to show but that didn’t slow him down much and he was able to rise to the challenge set by the KTM man. Oliveira looked like he eventually admitted defeat with three laps to go, when the gap went back to over a second and a half and the Honda started the final lap two seconds in the lead.

Against all odds, Marquez proved to be unbeatable once more at the Sachsenring, with Oliveira a still impressive second and Quartararo a solid third. The battle for fourth got heated in the final couple of laps and Binder ended up victorious ahead of Pecco Bagnaia, demoting Miller to sixth on the last lap. Aleix Espargaro took seventh place, while poleman Zarco faded all the way down to eighth. Mir and Pol Espargaro rounded out the top 10, Rins missing out by two seconds on his return from injury.

Quartararo’s late progress coupled with the Ducatis fading means that the Frenchman extends his championship lead to 22 points over Zarco, 31 over Miller and 32 over Bagnaia.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 41'07.243
2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +1.610
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +6.772
4 33 Brad Binder KTM +7.922
5 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +8.591
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati +9.086
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +9.371
8 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +11.439
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +11.625
10 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +14.769
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +16.803
12 89 Jorge Martin Ducati +16.915
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +19.217
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +22.300
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati +23.615
16 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +23.738
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +23.946
18 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +24.414
19 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +24.715
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  32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 25 Laps
  9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 26 Laps
  73 Alex Marquez Honda 26 Laps
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2021 Sachsenring Moto2 Race Result: Big Wins, Big Mistakes

Sachsenring was slightly cooler and windier than originally expected at the start of the intermediate class race but the change in conditions had little impact on the storyline over 28 laps. The 200th Moto2 race eventually crowned Remy Gardner as its well-deserved winner, the Australian riding an impeccable race way ahead of the field to secure a third consecutive victory. You might be surprised to hear that the man following him across the line is someone other than his teammate, but it was Aron Canet who made some early progress from 10th on the grid to claim the second podium spot. Marco Bezzecchi also makes a strong return to the podium in third position.

Poleman Raul Fernandez had made a great start to lead into turn 1 but had Gardner quickly on his tail, while fellow front row starter Fabio Di Giannantonio couldn’t quite match the duo and dropped behind Xavi Vierge and Bezzecchi. The Red Bull KTM Ajo boys extended their gap at the front to over a second on lap 2, while Sam Lowes, who started 7th, had dropped down to 11th position.

Gardner was keen to lead the way and found the inside of his teammate at turn 12 on the second lap, their gap to the chasing group continuing to grow by almost a second every lap, for the next few laps. It looked like another procession for the orange machines but Fernandez made his first big mistake of the season as he slid out at turn 3 on lap 5, leaving Gardner in a lone race five seconds ahead of the chase. Vierge initially led the pursuit ahead of Bezzecchi, Canet and Di Giannantonio but Canet seemed like the strongest of the bunch and got ahead of his colleagues to stretch a half second gap by lap 7. Although he was making no impression on Gardner ahead, Canet’s advantage grew to one second one lap later and the Bezzecchi, Vierge and Di Giannantonio group were not too far ahead of another group including Jorge Navarro, Ai Ogura, Marcel Schrotter and Sam Lowes.

Gardner and his steady 5-second advantage barely got any airtime for the next dozen laps and there were only glimpses of Canet, two seconds ahead of the battle between Bezzecchi and Di Giannantonio. The moves only really started with 12 laps to go but Bezzecchi was not keen to surrender and the exchanges allowed Vierge and Ogura to recover some ground on them.

Gardner’s lead extended to seven seconds for the final five laps and he managed that gap to Canet to the checkered flag. Bezzecchi was steadily reducing the gap to Canet in the final handful of laps but it was too late and the Spaniard secured second ahead of the Italian. Di Giannantonio faded late on and could not challenge Bezzecchi for the podium, crossing the finish line fourth. Ogura was one of the few men on a charge in the closing stages, getting past Vierge with four laps to go and somewhat closing in on Di Giannantonio, but both Vierge and Ogura crashed out on the final lap. Lowes inherited fifth after overtaking Schrotter on the last lap, the home favourite finishing sixth. Navarro, Albert Arenas, Marcos Ramirez and Cameron Beaubier rounded out the top 10 places.

Aided by his teammate’s misfortune, Gardner extends his championship lead to 36 points over Fernandez, with Bezzecchi 47 points down and Lowes a significant 78.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 39'39.191
2 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro +6.158
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +7.030
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex +8.145
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +9.888
6 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +10.000
7 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +16.039
8 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +19.394
9 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +21.718
10 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex +26.393
11 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +26.732
12 2 Alonso Lopez Kalex +26.835
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +28.034
14 70 Barry Baltus NTS +28.984
15 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +31.414
16 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +33.176
17 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +33.425
18 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +39.638
19 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +39.682
20 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +44.613
21 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +47.416
Not Classified
  79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1 Lap
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1 Lap
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1 Lap
  19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 14 Laps
  37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 22 Laps
  7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 22 Laps
  25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 24 Laps
  54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 25 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 0 Lap
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2021 Sachsenring Moto3 Race Result: Back To Winning Ways

After a sweltering start to the weekend, the sun gave riders a bit of a break and cloud cover was a novel sight around the Sachsenring, dropping temperatures somewhat, but that didn’t make the battle in the lightweight class any less heated. After another less than stellar qualifying from the championship leader, Pedro Acosta was back to winning ways in Germany, securing his fourth victory of the season after a race-long battle with the men joining him on the podium. Given his heavy crash on Saturday, Kaito Toba looked like he might not be fit for the race but he quickly forgot any lingering pain as he fought for his first podium of the year in second place. Dennis Foggia was the rider who spent the most time at the front of the race and almost missed out on the podium altogether but did get to enjoy some cava after a post-race penalty for Jeremy Alcoba.

Toba had made his intentions clear even since he overtook poleman Filip Salac into turn 1 at the start of the race but he didn’t get to keep prime position for long, as compatriot Tatsuki Suzuki slid past at turn 2 to lead ahead of Toba, John McPhee and Salac. Foggia and rookie Lorenzo Fellon held onto the leaders, while Acosta quickly joined the top 10, having started 13th. Garcia had started right behind him and was slower to progress but was doing a lot better than Jaume Masia, who lost a lot of ground at the start and dropped to 21st position. Darryn Binder progressed from 18th on the grid to 10th by lap 2 but he had a ride through penalty to serve for irresponsible riding in Q1, which dropped him to the back of the field one lap later, 25 seconds behind the rider ahead.

Toba had resumed the lead on the second lap but a mistake at turn 3 surrendered top spot to Foggia and the duo were soon under attack from the championship leader, who got ahead of McPhee, Andrea Migno and Suzuki, but with a big group still in pursuit. Acosta picked up the lead for the first time at the start of lap 6 but could only hold on for one lap, Foggia finding the inside at turn 1 next time around. The Italian was a bit more successful at the front, aided by some exchanges between Acosta, Suzuki, Toba and Migno, while Garcia and Gabriel Rodrigo turned up to the podium party by lap 7 by joining the top 10. Meanwhile, Masia’s day was progressively getting worse, with a long lap penalty for prompting an incident with Yuki Kunii that dropped him to the back of the leading group on lap 8.

Despite some wheels being shown by Acosta & Co, Foggia kept the lead until lap 11, when Toba demoted him once more. However, one of the main contenders abandoned the fight that same lap, Rodrigo highsiding out of turn 5. The pack reduced further one lap later, when a naughty move by Romano Fenati took out Deniz Öncü and Fellon at turn 1. Toba entered the second half of the race still at the front of the pack, while more and more challengers left the lead group, following crashes at turn 1 for Stefano Nepa and Masia and with Fenati and McPhee losing touch with the 10 leaders.

Fresh off a track limits warning, Acosta took another turn at the front with 12 laps remaining, but Foggia replied immediately, the Italian leading once more ahead of Suzuki and Acosta. The trio spent the most time in the limelight but Garcia, Toba, Migno, Xavier Artigas, Niccolò Antonelli, Alcoba and Izan Guevara were still in the mix for the podium battle. Garcia first joined the top 2 with 7 laps remaining and had four tenths to recover on Foggia to attack for the lead but Acosta pulled another move at his favourite turn 12 to get ahead of his compatriot. Acosta went on to test Foggia again but the Italian started the final four laps back at the front of the group.

With Foggia more than happy to lead the way, Acosta bided his time for another attack but wasn’t exactly getting bored, with a twitch here, a mistake there and Garcia keen to spice things up behind him. Acosta led the way going into the final lap and Foggia wanted to strike back but Acosta made the decisive move at turn 8, while Foggia was forced into the green and lost some ground. Acosta held onto the win ahead of Toba, who passed Alcoba at turn 12 on the final lap. Having started 20th, Alcoba had joined the top 3 for the last couple of laps but did not notice a penalty to drop one position, which had to be applied after the race and dropped him to fourth. Foggia inherited the final podium spot, while Migno joined the top 5. Antonelli got sixth after both Garcia and Suzuki had to drop one position for exceeding track limits on the final lap, while rookies Artigas and Guevara rounded out the top 10. Over 30 seconds later, Binder managed to grab a couple points for 14th position.

In the championship standings, Acosta extends his advantage to 55 points from Garcia, with Masia third and 73 points behind his teammate.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 39'38.791
2 27 Kaito Toba KTM +0.130
3 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +0.259
4 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +0.206
5 16 Andrea Migno Honda +0.459
6 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +0.728
7 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS +0.537
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda +0.647
9 43 Xavier Artigas Honda +0.864
10 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +6.557
11 17 John McPhee Honda +7.512
12 22 Elia Bartolini KTM +7.576
13 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +20.902
14 40 Darryn Binder Honda +37.855
15 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +38.297
16 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +54.714
17 66 Joel Kelso KTM +58.423
18 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +1'27.070
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  82 Stefano Nepa KTM 12 Laps
  5 Jaume Masia KTM 13 Laps
  54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 13 Laps
  20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 15 Laps
  12 Filip Salac Honda 15 Laps
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 17 Laps
  31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 20 Laps
  92 Yuki Kunii Honda 24 Laps
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2021 Sachsenring MotoGP Warm Up Result: Quartararo Stays On Top


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'21.341    
2 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'21.404 0.063 0.063
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'21.420 0.079 0.016
4 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'21.522 0.181 0.102
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'21.648 0.307 0.126
6 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'21.736 0.395 0.088
7 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'21.761 0.420 0.025
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'21.859 0.518 0.098
9 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'21.870 0.529 0.011
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'21.874 0.533 0.004
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'21.880 0.539 0.006
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'21.952 0.611 0.072
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'21.981 0.640 0.029
14 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'22.158 0.817 0.177
15 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'22.212 0.871 0.054
16 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'22.296 0.955 0.084
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'22.337 0.996 0.041
18 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'22.342 1.001 0.005
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'22.367 1.026 0.025
20 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'22.404 1.063 0.037
21 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'22.536 1.195 0.132
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'22.855 1.514 0.319
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2021 Sachsenring Moto2 Warm Up Result: Fernandez Still Quickest


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'24.354    
2 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'24.437 0.083 0.083
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'24.532 0.178 0.095
4 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'24.565 0.211 0.033
5 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'24.577 0.223 0.012
6 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'24.604 0.250 0.027
7 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'24.656 0.302 0.052
8 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'24.714 0.360 0.058
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'24.730 0.376 0.016
10 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'24.822 0.468 0.092
11 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'24.827 0.473 0.005
12 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'24.849 0.495 0.022
13 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'24.884 0.530 0.035
14 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'24.885 0.531 0.001
15 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'24.912 0.558 0.027
16 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'24.934 0.580 0.022
17 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'25.018 0.664 0.084
18 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'25.036 0.682 0.018
19 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'25.059 0.705 0.023
20 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'25.059 0.705  
21 2 Alonso Lopez Kalex 1'25.168 0.814 0.109
22 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'25.176 0.822 0.008
23 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'25.204 0.850 0.028
24 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'25.235 0.881 0.031
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'25.367 1.013 0.132
26 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'25.380 1.026 0.013
27 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'25.458 1.104 0.078
28 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'25.615 1.261 0.157
29 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'25.620 1.266 0.005
30 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'26.092 1.738 0.472
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2021 Sachsenring Moto3 Warm Up Result: Acosta Makes Up Ground


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'27.058    
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'27.228 0.170 0.170
3 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'27.252 0.194 0.024
4 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'27.275 0.217 0.023
5 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'27.279 0.221 0.004
6 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'27.331 0.273 0.052
7 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'27.385 0.327 0.054
8 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'27.419 0.361 0.034
9 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'27.445 0.387 0.026
10 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'27.495 0.437 0.050
11 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'27.687 0.629 0.192
12 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'27.791 0.733 0.104
13 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'27.804 0.746 0.013
14 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'27.828 0.770 0.024
15 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'27.858 0.800 0.030
16 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'27.864 0.806 0.006
17 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'27.962 0.904 0.098
18 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'27.990 0.932 0.028
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'28.006 0.948 0.016
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'28.056 0.998 0.050
21 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'28.121 1.063 0.065
22 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'28.135 1.077 0.014
23 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'28.136 1.078 0.001
24 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'28.177 1.119 0.041
25 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'28.305 1.247 0.128
26 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'28.480 1.422 0.175
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2021 Sachsenring Moto2 Qualifying Result: Better Late Than Never, Better A Lap Record Than Just Pole

The intermediate class the were last to sweat it out in the battle for pole at the Sachsenring and despite the headlines throughout practice, qualifying ended up telling a slightly different story. Keen to avoid the script for the premier class pole, Remy Gardner quickly moved to the top of the timesheets in Q2 but rivals had different ideas. The first to attack was Fabio Di Giannantonio, who looked like provisional pole after the first run, but then Raul Fernandez made his move on the second run, when most other riders struggled to improve. Not only did the Spaniard improve, but he also set a new lap record to secure his third pole in the class. Di Giannantonio and Gardner will be looking to exert their revenge on Sunday morning, starting right behind him on the front row of the grid.

Marco Bezzecchi worked some magic to escape Q1 and climb up to fourth, although over seven tenths off pole. Xavi Vierge and Jorge Navarro will join the Italian on the second row of the grid, as the last riders within a second of the leader. Sam Lowes took seventh place for little over a second, but his performance was hindered by an early crash at turn 1, which won’t have helped the soreness from his other crash at the Sachsenring. Ai Ogura and Q1 leader Bo Bendsneyder completed the third row, with Aron Canet, Nicolò Bulega and Joe Roberts making up row four.

Augusto Fernandez could not keep up his recent progress and qualified down in 14th, in between Somkiat Chantra and Jake Dixon on the fifth row and ahead of Marcos Ramirez, home favourite Marcel Schrotter and Albert Arenas.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'23.397    
2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'23.744 0.347 0.347
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'23.769 0.372 0.025
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'24.184 0.787 0.415
5 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'24.296 0.899 0.112
6 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'24.301 0.904 0.005
7 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'24.416 1.019 0.115
8 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'24.439 1.042 0.023
9 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'24.474 1.077 0.035
10 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'24.500 1.103 0.026
11 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'24.503 1.106 0.003
12 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'24.521 1.124 0.018
13 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'24.594 1.197 0.073
14 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'24.600 1.203 0.006
15 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'24.611 1.214 0.011
16 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'24.616 1.219 0.005
17 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'24.624 1.227 0.008
18 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'24.807 1.410 0.183
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Q2 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'24.122    
Q2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'24.259 0.137 0.137
Q2 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'24.328 0.206 0.069
Q2 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'24.344 0.222 0.016
19 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'24.378 0.256 0.034
20 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'24.569 0.447 0.191
21 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'24.604 0.482 0.035
22 2 Alonso Lopez Kalex 1'24.619 0.497 0.015
23 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'24.667 0.545 0.048
24 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'24.694 0.572 0.027
25 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'24.738 0.616 0.044
26 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'24.874 0.752 0.136
27 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'24.946 0.824 0.072
28 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'24.998 0.876 0.052
29 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'25.407 1.285 0.409
30 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'25.600 1.478 0.193
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2021 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Result: Surprise, Surprise

In the torrid heat at the Sachsenring and with so many headline acts in Q1, the action was quick to heat up and there were quite a few surprises on the cards, beginning with a power cut that delayed the start but built up the suspense. Once the action got underway, Fabio Quartararo flexed his muscles to lead after the first run and went on to improve his time at the second try. It was all going according to plan but Johann Zarco had other plans of his own and went even quicker to rob his compatriot of another Tissot watch. Zarco looked to improve his pole position time on the very next lap but crashed at turn 4, with the subsequent yellow flags impeding his rivals’ progress as well. Quartararo had to make do with second and missed out on pole by only one hundredth of a second but despite the French 1-2, the happiest man in pitlane was Aleix Espargaro, who gifts Aprilia their first front row start in the premier class in over two decades.

Jack Miller opted for a two-stop strategy and looked like he had the speed to challenge the French domination but a mistake on his final lap left him fourth, with the King of the Sachsenring breathing down his neck and three tenths off pole. Marc Marquez might not be in a grid spot that he’s familiar with at the Sachsenring but will be holding hopes of a podium starting from fifth on the grid. Miguel Oliveira will also be a threat from the back of the second row, while Jorge Martin did an amazing job to claim seventh on a pretty amazing day for the Pramac squad.

Pol Espargaro managed to escape Q1 and chasing Quartararo on his final run gave him a good marker on his way to eighth place, sharing third row with Honda colleague Takaaki Nakagami, who could have hoped for better than ninth, had he not crashed at turn 1 on his final flying lap. Pecco Bagnaia opens row four ahead of Alex Rins and Alex Marquez. The Suzukis looked like the favourites to escape Q1, but while Rins topped the session, Joan Mir struggled to match his teammate and a cancelled lap time for a yellow flag infringement dropped him all the way down to 17th on the grid, behind the class rookies. The rest of the unpleasant surprises were in Yamaha’s yard, where Franco Morbidelli crashed out at the final corner in the final minute of Q1 and had to settle for 18th, and an underwhelming Maverick Viñales had a disastrous session that saw him qualify on the last row of the grid. Thanks to Zarco’s surprise pole and a Q1 crash for Lorenzo Savadori the factory Yamaha team were spared from bookending the grid.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'20.236    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'20.247 0.011 0.011
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'20.447 0.211 0.200
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'20.508 0.272 0.061
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'20.567 0.331 0.059
6 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'20.589 0.353 0.022
7 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'20.617 0.381 0.028
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'20.659 0.423 0.042
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'20.810 0.574 0.151
10 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'20.811 0.575 0.001
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'20.949 0.713 0.138
12 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'21.135 0.899 0.186
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'20.644    
Q2 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'20.700 0.056 0.056
13 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'20.736 0.092 0.036
14 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'20.864 0.220 0.128
15 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'20.953 0.309 0.089
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'20.972 0.328 0.019
17 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'21.014 0.370 0.042
18 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'21.091 0.447 0.077
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'21.137 0.493 0.046
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'21.154 0.510 0.017
21 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'21.165 0.521 0.011
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'21.411 0.767 0.246
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2021 Sachsenring Moto3 Qualifying Result: You Never Forget Your First Free Watch

You’ve heard this all weekend but it does bear repeating just how hot the conditions were for the start of the qualifying sessions in Germany with 31 degrees air temperature and significantly more on the asphalt. The less pleasant surprises started as early as Q1 but the most pleasant of them was seeing Filip Salac take his very first pole position in the lightweight class. The Czech rider took control of the session after the first run, with the only 1:26 time of the afternoon, and rivals struggled to match it for the remainder of Q2. Dennis Foggia came closest, nearly two tenths behind the poleman and they will be joined by Tatsuki Suzuki on the front row of the grid.

John McPhee opens row two ahead of Kaito Toba, although the Japanese rider was taken to the medical centre after he suffered a crash at the end of the session, so it remains unclear if he will be fit to race on Sunday. Rookie Lorenzo Fellon continued to impress by securing his best qualifying position in sixth place, while class veteran Niccolò Antonelli was seventh. The Italian will share the third row of the grid with compatriots Romano Fenati and Stefano Nepa.

Andrea Migno had to watch his teammate grab pole, while the best he could do was 10th on the grid and seven tenths slower than Salac. After navigating his way out of Q1 on his lonesome, Deniz Öncü crashed before setting a time in Q2 but was able to rejoin and secure a fourth row start ahead of rookie Izan Guevara. Pedro Acosta had a costly twitch on the final flying lap, which left him 13th, but ahead of title rival Serio Garcia and compatriot Xavier Artigas.

Row five will be made up of Q1 graduates Yuki Kunii, Jaume Masia and Darryn Binder and while the first two have only their performance to blame for those positions, Binder had topped Q1 but tangled with Joel Kelso in the closing stages of the session and was found to be the guilty party, which led to being black flagged from Q2. Gabriel Rodrigo was back in action in Q1, after his FP3 crash and it looked like he had the speed for Q2 but a mistake at turn 8 on his final flying lap left him 19th on the grid, ahead of teammate Jeremy Alcoba.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'26.913    
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'27.096 0.183 0.183
3 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'27.127 0.214 0.031
4 17 John McPhee Honda 1'27.228 0.315 0.101
5 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'27.350 0.437 0.122
6 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'27.392 0.479 0.042
7 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'27.398 0.485 0.006
8 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'27.475 0.562 0.077
9 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'27.522 0.609 0.047
10 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'27.629 0.716 0.107
11 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'27.693 0.780 0.064
12 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'27.899 0.986 0.206
13 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'27.906 0.993 0.007
14 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'27.919 1.006 0.013
15 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'27.995 1.082 0.076
16 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'28.365 1.452 0.370
17 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'28.393 1.480 0.028
18 40 Darryn Binder Honda      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'27.481    
Q2 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'27.516 0.035 0.035
Q2 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'27.584 0.103 0.068
Q2 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'27.714 0.233 0.130
19 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'28.051 0.570 0.337
20 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'28.178 0.697 0.127
21 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'28.183 0.702 0.005
22 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'28.439 0.958 0.256
23 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'28.523 1.042 0.084
24 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'28.713 1.232 0.190
25 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'28.756 1.275 0.043
26 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'29.041 1.560 0.285
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2021 Sachsenring MotoGP FP4 Result: Zarco Dethrones Quartararo

Under 32 degrees of air temperature, the asphalt gave a searing welcome to the premier class for their final practice session and it was the same familiar names towards the top of the timesheets. However, Fabio Quartararo had to share the limelight with compatriot Johann Zarco, with the Yamaha man leading for most of the session but eventually getting demoted from top spot by the Pramac rider, who was tempted by fresh rubber in the final few minutes. Quartararo did do the most laps – not that he needed it, with the scary pace he already showed all weekend.

The rest of the top five featured some of the most consistent riders over practice, including Miguel Oliveira in third, who continued to just about match Quartararo on pace. Jack Miller’s session was impacted by some early technical issues but he rejoined the track for the final 10 minutes and climbed up to fourth, ahead of Marc Marquez, whose pace looked good but maybe a couple tenths off Quartararo’s. Aleix Espargaro added a fifth manufacturer to the top five of the session, while Alex Marquez kept seventh position despite a late tumble at turn 1.

Pol Espargaro managed to avoid another unwanted off track excursion and ended the session eighth, while Joan Mir was the lead Suzuki in ninth place. Franco Morbidelli closed the top 10, ahead of Brad Binder. Maverick Viñales made a slow start as he stomped into the garage looking pretty unhappy early on and finished 12th, six tenths off top spot. Compatriot Alex Rins looked like he struggled a bit more, down in 15th and one full second slower than Zarco’s top time.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'21.397    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'21.480 0.083 0.083
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'21.554 0.157 0.074
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'21.558 0.161 0.004
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'21.661 0.264 0.103
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'21.686 0.289 0.025
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'21.767 0.370 0.081
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'21.912 0.515 0.145
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'21.924 0.527 0.012
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'22.047 0.650 0.123
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'22.070 0.673 0.023
12 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'22.073 0.676 0.003
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'22.185 0.788 0.112
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'22.352 0.955 0.167
15 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'22.401 1.004 0.049
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'22.407 1.010 0.006
17 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'22.436 1.039 0.029
18 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'22.455 1.058 0.019
19 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'22.506 1.109 0.051
20 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'22.523 1.126 0.017
21 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'22.617 1.220 0.094
22 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'22.736 1.339 0.119
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