In the wake of free practice where he was the first rider to drop below the 1’20” mark, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) took pole position in the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring (1’19” 931). The Italian was this time the only one under 1’20” since Fabio Quartararo, very solid on his second qualifying run, took second place in 1’20”007.
The reigning world champion, a little in pain, raised the bar well after being behind during the first run where he failed to use his tires well. “I had a great lap on my second run even though I didn’t reach 1’19”.he appreciated. I can’t wait to start the race because our pace is good. The question is which tire to use. »
Poleman last year, Johann Zarco proves that the particular track of the Sachsenring suits him well with this fine third place in 1’20”030. ” I am very happy, reacted the Ducati Pramac rider. It’s complicated to go fast on a small circuit like that. I see where Pecco (Bagnaia) is strong but it’s not easy to replicate. »
Runner-up to Quartararo in the Championship, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) took fourth place. He will be accompanied by Fabio Di Giannantonio (Ducati) and Jack Miller (Ducati) on the second row. Note that an exit from the track at the end of the session by Takaaki Nakagami (Honda) deprived several drivers of a final flying lap.
Among the drivers playing the leading roles in the Championship, Brad Binder (KTM, 15th) and Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 17th) did not come out of Q1. The latter had to try to react in Germany after having experienced two retirements during the two previous Grands Prix. Alex Rins (Suzuki) did not participate in qualifying and will not take part in the race due to a broken wrist he suffered in Catalonia. After participating in the first three free practice sessions, he felt it was more prudent to take some rest.