World championship leader Quartararo fastest during morning warm-up for the 2021 German MotoGP at Sachsenring. ahead of the Hondas of Espargaro and Nakagami.

Mir, Morbidelli and Vinales also have a promising session, after a poor qualifying which saw all three left outside the top 16. However this afternoon's race will be all about tyre endurance rather than outright speed.

Aleix Espargaro, who claimed Aprilia's first front-row start in the MotoGP era in qualifying, fell heavily at Turn 5 early in the session, but returned at the halfway stage of the 20-minutes.

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!

Rins is returning to action for Suzuki after missing Barcelona due to a fractured wrist in a bicycle accident.

Bastianini has a three place grid penalty for slow riding in Qualifying 1, while Vinales and Rins made their displeasure clear after being held up by a slow moving Marini at the end of warm-up.

German MotoGP, Sachsenring - Warm-up Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax (km/h)
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'21.341s12/13297k
2Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.063s5/12296k
3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.079s6/12293k
4Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.181s9/12295k
5Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.307s6/15290k
6Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.395s5/15294k
7Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.420s10/14300k
8Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.518s14/14296k
9Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+0.529s5/10300k
10Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.533s10/10297k
11Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.539s10/14293k
12Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.611s6/14296k
13Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.640s6/9296k
14Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.817s10/14296k
15Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.871s12/14293k
16Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.955s5/15300k
17Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.996s13/14298k
18Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+1.001s5/13291k
19Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.026s13/13298k
20Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+1.063s8/10299k
21Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.195s14/14297k
22Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.514s6/15297k

* Rookie
Pole position time:
Johann Zarco FRA Ducati 1m 20.236s

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