Marc Marquez Unstoppable In MotoGP Qualifying At Sachsenring

Qualifying for Sunday’s German Grand Prix was all about one man: Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda rider dominated every practice session and then set a stunning new lap record (1:20.336) in Qualifying 2 at the 13-turn, 2.28-mile Sachsenring.

“After FP3, I was expecting to set a 1:20.7 or 1:20.6 this afternoon,” Marquez said. “When I saw that I had set a 1:20.3, I decided it was best to stop and not do any more laps; 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. Tomorrow’s race will be a tough 30 laps, but I feel ready to fight for the victory.”

Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa (1:20.628), appears fully recovered from surgery earlier in the season to alleviate the effects of arm pump. The Spaniard was the only rider to lap within half a second of last year’s race winner.

“The track is so small that you benefit a lot from being at the front,” Pedrosa said, “so hopefully this time we can go with the first group. Front-tire choice will also be important. Marc has a slightly stronger pace than mine, but we will try to have a good race.”

Jorge Lorenzo completed the front row, 0.585 seconds down. “This isn’t the easiest circuit for Yamaha,” he said, “and it’s also difficult with my riding style. 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. Tomorrow it will be difficult to stay with Marquez, but we are going to be fast from the start.”

According to spec-tire-supplier Bridgestone, all three riders set their best times using the medium-compound rear slick. Marquez and Pedrosa used the medium-compound front slick; Lorenzo chose the asymmetric front.

Championship-leader Valentino Rossi (1:21.221) will start from outside of the second row. “I thought that I could do a high 1:20, but I made some mistakes and I couldn’t do the perfect lap. Apart from that, I can keep a good pace with a used tire, so now we have to work and try to fix some small problems for tomorrow and see what happens in the race.”

American Nicky Hayden (1:22.362) improved slightly in the final practice session but failed to advance from Qualifying 1. He eventually took 19th position and will have to make a charge on race day if he hopes to earn top open-class honors.

“In the final practice, we improved a bit with the hard-compound tire,” Hayden said. “I was able to set some positive times, even with the used front tire, and I thought that in the qualifying session I could again improve. We made a small change that was not the right direction to take, and I wasn’t as fast as expected. If we start well, we can make a comeback. This is one of the hardest circuits for overtaking, so we have to give everything we have.”

Qualifying for Sunday’s German Grand Prix was all about one man: Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda rider dominated every practice session and then set a stunning new lap record (1:20.336) in Qualifying 2 at the 13-turn, 2.28-mile Sachsenring.

“After FP3, I was expecting to set a 1:20.7 or 1:20.6 this afternoon,” Marquez said. “When I saw that I had set a 1:20.3, I decided it was best to stop and not do any more laps; 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. Tomorrow’s race will be a tough 30 laps, but I feel ready to fight for the victory.”

Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa (1:20.628), appears fully recovered from surgery earlier in the season to alleviate the effects of arm pump. The Spaniard was the only rider to lap within half a second of last year’s race winner.

“The track is so small that you benefit a lot from being at the front,” Pedrosa said, “so hopefully this time we can go with the first group. Front-tire choice will also be important. Marc has a slightly stronger pace than mine, but we will try to have a good race.”

Jorge Lorenzo completed the front row, 0.585 seconds down. “This isn’t the easiest circuit for Yamaha,” he said, “and it’s also difficult with my riding style. 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. Tomorrow it will be difficult to stay with Marquez, but we are going to be fast from the start.”

According to spec-tire-supplier Bridgestone, all three riders set their best times using the medium-compound rear slick. Marquez and Pedrosa used the medium-compound front slick; Lorenzo chose the asymmetric front.

Championship-leader Valentino Rossi (1:21.221) will start from outside of the second row. “I thought that I could do a high 1:20, but I made some mistakes and I couldn’t do the perfect lap. Apart from that, I can keep a good pace with a used tire, so now we have to work and try to fix some small problems for tomorrow and see what happens in the race.”

American Nicky Hayden (1:22.362) improved slightly in the final practice session but failed to advance from Qualifying 1. He eventually took 19th position and will have to make a charge on race day if he hopes to earn top open-class honors.

“In the final practice, we improved a bit with the hard-compound tire,” Hayden said. “I was able to set some positive times, even with the used front tire, and I thought that in the qualifying session I could again improve. We made a small change that was not the right direction to take, and I wasn’t as fast as expected. If we start well, we can make a comeback. This is one of the hardest circuits for overtaking, so we have to give everything we have.”

Marc Marquez Germany

Marc Marquez won pole position for Sunday’s German Grand Prix. “Dani is very strong here,” he said, “as are Jorge and Valentino, but I feel ready to fight for the victory.”

Dani Pedrosa Germany Q2

Dani Pedrosa missed out on the top spot but earned a front-row starting position: “Marc has a slightly stronger pace than mine,” he said, “but we will try to do well and have a good race.”

Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo

Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo will start second and third on Sunday. “I wasn’t very happy about the first try,” Lorenzo said about his qualifying runs, “but in the second one I improved so much.”

Valentino Rossi Germany

Valentino Rossi: “If you look at today’s pace, Marquez is very strong and Pedrosa is second but very close. After them come me and Jorge, and we are very similar.”

Nicky Hayden Germany MotoGP Q1

Nicky Hayden will need more speed and a little luck if he is to score championship points on Sunday: “I’m a little upset,” he said, “because, ultimately, I qualified with a similar time to last year when this year our bike is better.”