2016 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Result: Likely Performances And Unlikely Tumbles

As qualifying started, the opening act was set to be the world champion’s one-of-a-kind adventure into Q1. The ‘will he, won’t he’ concluded with a bittersweet ending, Lorenzo joining Petrucci into Q2 despite a fast fall in turn eight. Little did he know things were about to go even more sour soon after.

But onto the main attraction, Sachsenring became the Marc Marquez show, only Hector Barbera briefly seeing the top of the timesheets due to a tow courtesy of the Honda rider himself. Soon after, Marquez blitzed his way back to the top, four tenths off Barbera and half a second over Valentino Rossi.

The unlikely trio filled the front row, with Danilo Petrucci in fourth, despite setting an identical time to Rossi. He will be joined on the second row by the Yamaha of Pol Espargaro and a potentially disappointed Maverick Viñales in sixth.

Andrea Dovizioso proved to be the third best Ducati of the day, sharing third row with Aleix Espargaro. Despite a promising FP3, Andrea Iannone hit the deck at the first corner with ten minutes to go, ninth place the best he could do on his second outing.

But the unhappiest duo on the grid consisted of Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, the Honda rider at least having the consolation of not crashing for a third time this weekend. The unpleasant experiment was undertaken late into Q2 by the world champion, who, starting outside of the top ten for the first time since 2004, will probably pin the layout of this circuit on his dartboard.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'21.160    
2 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'21.572 0.412 0.412
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'21.666 0.506 0.094
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'21.666 0.506  
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'21.738 0.578 0.072
6 25 Maverick VIёALES Suzuki 1'21.784 0.624 0.046
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'21.858 0.698 0.074
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'21.883 0.723 0.025
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'21.890 0.730 0.007
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'21.892 0.732 0.002
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'22.088 0.928 0.196
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'22.346 1.186 0.258
Results of Q1            
Q2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'21.712    
Q2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'21.737 0.025 0.025
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'21.783 0.071 0.046
14 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'21.994 0.282 0.211
15 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'22.236 0.524 0.242
16 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'22.382 0.670 0.146
17 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'22.493 0.781 0.111
18 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'22.567 0.855 0.074
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'22.670 0.958 0.103
20 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'22.860 1.148 0.190
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'23.075 1.363 0.215

 

Round Number: 
9
2016
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According to The Weather Channel, the weather for nearby Chemnitz is as follows:Showers early, becoming a steady rain later in the day. High 72F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

Should be an interesting wet weather race imho.