The french Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) and Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) took the first positions in the classification for him MotoGP German Grand Prix, which takes place on Sunday at the Sachsenring circuit, with the Spanish Aleix Espargaró third at the handlebars of his Aprilia RS-GP.
Another Spanish, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), like some others, were affected by the Johann Zarco’s final fall and by showing yellow flags by the track marshals, no driver was able to lower his record at the end as he was not allowed to ride a fast lap at that time.
The Australian Jack Miller was not very lucky in the free quarters, in which a problem with his Ducati Desmosedici GP21 forced him to push it for a long distance so as not to lose time back to his workshop, while on the track he was in command. Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1), although almost all the riders focus their work on achieving a good race pace in a session that takes place at the same time.
Miller was able to continue the rest of the session without major problems to get the fourth fastest time, surpassed by the French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) and Fabio Quartararo and for him portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16), while after its wake a Marc Márquez who was much more “comfortable” with his Repsol Honda RC 213 V.
Once the fourth free session was over, the first qualifying was supposed to begin, but its start had to be delayed as a series of workshops were left without electrical connection to carry out tasks as simple as warming up the tires that the drivers had to use.
Once the Suzuki riders began the first classification, the Spanish Alex Rins and Joan Mir went to great lengths to try to surprise their rivals, but Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) did not take long to climb to second place, ahead of the South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16), which relegated the world champion to fourth position, although still with half a session ahead.
So it was, Joan Mir starred in a second personal fast lap, in his sixth lap, which placed him second, while drivers like Pol Espargaró O Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1), and the Italians Valentino Rossi Y Franco Morbidelli -which fell at the last minute-, among others.
But Pol Espargaró quickly regained his rhythm and a lap later it was leader of the first classification with 1: 20,700, which a lap later Alex Rins lowered by 56 thousandths, 1: 20.644, and the fall suffered by Franco Morbidelli forced a yellow flag on the track and left almost all the drivers without the possibility of improving, which gave the pass to the next classification to Rins and Espargaró.
The world champion, Joan Mir, finished seventh, which relegates him to seventeenth position in the starting formation, seeing his best lap for doing it with yellow flag, as well as Maverick Viñales, who will leave in a delayed penultimate place, with the consequent displeasure of the Spaniard as soon as he arrived at his workshop.
Marc Márquez was in charge of marking the first valid difference of the second classification, 1: 20.567, followed by his compatriot Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP), who moments later he beat the French Fabio QuartararoWhile Jack Miller was fourth, but all of them except Repsol Honda were surpassed by Jorge Martín, who stayed 50 thousandths behind Márquez.
Three Spaniards commanded the second classification in the first five minutes and one of them, Marc Márquez, rushed into his workshop to change bikes, which heralded a strategy for three starts.
Quartararo, who was still on the track, managed to improve his time to take the lead with 1: 20.437, 130 thousandths of a second faster than the leader of the Repsol Honda team, a team in which the second rider, Pol Espargaró, who arrived from the first classification , he took it easy and went out in the final laps to try to improve the twelfth place he held at the time.
But the surprise came from the hand of another Frenchman, Johann Zarco (Ducari Desmosedici GP21), which rose to first place with a record of 1: 20.236 on his seventh lap, in the next and in the fourth corner, he went to the ground and yellow flags began to wave, which left his rivals without the possibility of lowering the times and therefore with him, Quartararo and Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP) in the first starting line.
In the second were Jack Miller, Marc Márquez and Miguel Oliveira in the second, Jorge Martín, Pol Espargaró and Takaaki Nakagami in the third and already in the fourth “Pecco” Bagnaia, Alex Rins and Alex Márquez.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.