With lap records in all classes looking vulnerable in the improved conditions at the Sachsenring, intermediate class riders didn’t even wait until Q2 to attack the year-old benchmark. Jorge Navarro made quick work, literally, of the first qualifying session and secured the new lap record at the track for Moto2. However, it would have been little consolation as pole position went to compatriot Alex Marquez instead. The Marc VDS rider fully repaid his crew for the overnight repair job and despite limited running in FP3 and a trip through Q1, Marquez snatched his first pole position of the season at a track that seems quite fond of his last name.
Timing screens were flashing red for the final couple of minutes but few contenders could keep it up past sector one. Luca Marini proved to be the Spaniard’s closest challenger, both riders coming through Q1 on their way to the front row. The young Italian got within eight hundredths of a second of pole, while Marcel Schrotter kept close to score a front row start at his home race. Top rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio showed excellent speed all weekend and turned it into a second row start, ahead of Augusto Fernandez and Iker Lecuona. The Italian will find it hard to steal Enea Bastianini’s lead in the rookie of the year classification, despite the Italtrans racer’s poor weekend, but the gap looks likely to get significantly smaller.
Jorge Martin might not have looked quite as fast as his teammate throughout practice but kept it right side up and secured seventh grid spot, in the company of Xavi Vierge and Remy Gardner on row three. Lorenzo Baldassarri wobbled his way to the fourth row, with Navarro going from hero in Q1 to nearly zero in Q2, crashing early and struggling to improve his time in the little track time he got. However, the unhappiest man on row four will be Tom Luthi, the Swiss rider sensing a missed opportunity to defend his championship lead.
Meanwhile, Brad Binder was looking menacingly quick throughout the whole weekend but his valiant attempt at pole came crashing down at turn three in the final six minutes and the KTM rider dropped all the way down to 17th on the grid. It wouldn’t be the first miraculous comeback for Binder but the task won’t be particularly easy.
|4||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Speed Up||1'23.781||0.196||0.114|
|11||9||Jorge NAVARRO||Speed Up||1'23.944||0.359||0.016|
|Q2||9||Jorge NAVARRO||Speed Up||1'23.426|
|21||77||Dominique AEGERTER||MV Agusta||1'24.334||0.908||0.101|
|23||62||Stefano MANZI||MV Agusta||1'24.580||1.154||0.059|
|20||Dimas EKKY PRATAMA||Kalex|