Marquez takes his 9th Sachsenring pole position in a row during qualifying for the German MotoGP!

Repsol Honda rider used a three-stop strategy to just edge out Petrucci and Lorenzo, after failing to lead a session prior to qualifying.

Franco Morbidelli, who fractured his left hand at Assen, withdrew after FP1 and is replaced by former MotoGP racer and present HRC test rider Stefan Bradl.

KTM wild-card Mika Kallio was ruled out after damaging knee ligaments in a big Friday afternoon fall.

Aprilia's Espargaro has been given a six-place grid penalty for blocking Marquez this morning.

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Qualifying 2:

  1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 20.270s [Lap 10/10] 295km/h (Top Speed)
  2. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 1m 20.295s +0.025s [Lap 5/8] 294k
  3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 20.327s +0.057s [Lap 5/8] 295k
  4. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 20.441s +0.171s [Lap 3/8] 295k
  5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 20.444s +0.174s [Lap 9/9] 297k
  6. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 20.532s +0.262s [Lap 7/8] 293k
  7. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 20.675s +0.405s [Lap 7/8] 294k
  8. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 20.682s +0.412s [Lap 7/8] 291k
  9. Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 1m 20.700s +0.430s [Lap 7/7] 294k
  10. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 20.831s +0.561s [Lap 8/8] 295k
  11. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 20.847s +0.577s [Lap 6/9] 291k
  12. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 1m 20.938s +0.668s [Lap 9/10] 285k

Qualifying 1:

  1. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 20.972s 288k
  2. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 21.059s 291k
  3. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 1m 21.183s 291k
  4. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 21.242s 290k
  5. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 21.287s 289k
  6. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 21.460s 287k
  7. Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 1m 21.546s 288k
  8. Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 21.749s 286k
  9. Stefan Bradl GER EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 21.802s 286k
  10. Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 22.012s 286k
  11. Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 1m 22.159s 286k
  12. Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 1m 22.709s 288k

* Rookie

Fastest practice time:
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki 1m 20.438s(FP3)

Official Sachsenring MotoGP records:
Pole Position:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 20.336s (2015)
Fastest race lap:
Jonas Folger GER Yamaha 1m 21.442s (2017)

By Peter McLaren
 

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