2019 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Result: No Abdication In Sight

With the perfect 9-9-9 record on the line for Marc Marquez, there was an orderly queue on the tail of his Honda going into turn one for the first time in Q2, but he shook them off with red hot pace straight out the gates. The Sachsenring virtuoso felt confident enough to go for his trademark two-stop strategy and proceeded to break his own outright lap record on the second outing. With half a second’s gap to the closest challenger, his sights were set on the 1:19s for the final run but the Spaniard found himself in a rapid sandwich of his closest rivals this weekend, taking the tension to the very end of the session. Marquez eventually sealed the deal with his tenth consecutive pole position at the Sachsenring and a further improvement to his record, while Fabio Quartararo put his fresh shoulder injury behind him and came within two tenths of pole. The Frenchman snuck ahead of factory teammate Maverick Viñales by six thousandths of a second, Yamaha having majority representation on the front row once again.

Alex Rins was the fourth wheel amongst the race contenders all weekend and qualifying fourth gives him more level footing in tomorrow’s battle. BFFs Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow complete the second row of the grid, Miller saving the honour of a fairly miserable Ducati team, while Crutchlow impressively limped his way to sixth. Franco Morbidelli was half a second slower than his teammate on row three, ahead of a fast improving duo of Pol Espargaro and Joan Mir.

Speed was the best cure for Takaaki Nakagami’s pains as the Japanese rider qualified tenth, after robbing Andrea Dovizioso of a Q2 spot by three thousandths of a second. Not even Valentino Rossi could challenge the LCR man but perhaps his weapons were not fully armed, the Italian taking his number 1 bike for a roll through the turn one gravel trap after securing the lead in Q1 and making it spring cleaning time for his mechanics ahead of Q2.

A deeply unhappy Danilo Petrucci completes row four after a difficult session spent shaking his fists at the scenery and eventually joining it in a fast tumble at turn nine, which he was lucky to walk unaided from. With teammate Dovizioso starting 13th and not even featuring in Q2, Ducati seem to be digging their hole so deep they might not make it out in time for Brno.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'20.195    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'20.400 0.205 0.205
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'20.406 0.211 0.006
4 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'20.531 0.336 0.125
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'20.690 0.495 0.159
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'20.857 0.662 0.167
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'20.964 0.769 0.107
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'21.023 0.828 0.059
9 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'21.061 0.866 0.038
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'21.104 0.909 0.043
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'21.137 0.942 0.033
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'21.486 1.291 0.349
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'20.933    
Q2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'21.102 0.169 0.169
13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'21.105 0.172 0.003
14 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'21.227 0.294 0.122
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'21.313 0.380 0.086
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'21.433 0.500 0.120
17 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'21.446 0.513 0.013
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'21.465 0.532 0.019
19 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'21.637 0.704 0.172
20 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'21.683 0.750 0.046
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'21.796 0.863 0.113
22 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'22.119 1.186 0.323
Round Number: 
9
2019
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