Zarco ends countryman Quartararo's pole run, despite falling at the end of qualifying for the German MotoGP at Sachsenring.

The Pramac Ducati rider, currently 14 points behind title leader Quartararo, snatched the top spot with two minutes to go before a fast accident when he lost the front of his Desmosedici at Turn 4 (shortly after passing Quartararo) sent him skipping across the gravel and into an airfence.

Quartararo was unable to snatch pole back, while Miller was in pole contention until forced to make a save at the final corner of his last lap.

Miller's moment meant that Aleix Espargaro gave Aprilia's RS-GP its first front-row start, while Marc Marquez and Catalunya winner Oliveira will join the Australian on row two.

At one stage Aleix Espargaro, Marc Marquez, Oliveira and Martin were going so slowly they were almost parked as they sought a tow.

Sachsenring, the shortest and slowest circuit for top speed in the world championship, was not part of last year's Covid calendar, which also meant Marc Marquez's record of winning every race at the circuit since he joined the MotoGP class in 2013 remained intact. Add in three victories in the 125cc/Moto2 classes and the Spaniard is unbeaten at the track since 2009!

Marquez faces a challenge to continue that run this weekend given his best of seventh place since his return from injury and Honda being without a podium this season - but while still struggling for strength in his right arm and corresponding shoulder area, Marquez has far less trouble with left-hand corners, which dominate the anti-clockwise German track. The #93 is also finally using the new 2021 Honda fairing upgrade this weekend, a Yamaha style 'loop'.

Rins is returning to action for Suzuki after missing Barcelona due to a fractured wrist in a bicycle accident. The Spaniard reached Qualifying 2 by leading the Qualifying 1 session, while the likes of team-mate Mir and Quartararo team-mate Vinales were left near the back of the grid.

German MotoGP, Sachsenring - Full Qualifying Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)1'20.236s7/7302k
2Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.011s7/9293k
3Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.211s5/7298k
4Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.272s6/10298k
5Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.331s2/9298k
6Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.353s6/8298k
7Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+0.381s3/8301k
8Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.423s3/5296k
9Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.574s4/8293k
10Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.575s3/8301k
11Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.713s6/8295k
12Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.899s8/9297k
 Qualifying 1:     
13Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)1'20.736s8/9298k
14Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*1'20.864s7/10297k
15Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*1'20.953s8/9297k
16Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'20.972s6/8293k
17Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1'21.014s7/10293k
18Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'21.091s4/7289k
19Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)1'21.137s7/8293k
20Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)1'21.154s8/8297k
21Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'21.165s4/9293k
22Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*1'21.411s2/5294k

* Rookie
Fastest practice time:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 20.348s

Official Sachsenring MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 20.115s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 21.228s (2019)

By Peter McLaren