2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Four From Four Equals Six

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Marc Marquez dominated qualifying practice to secure pole position Saturday at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany. 

Marquez’s 1’20.336 lap not only put him nearly three-tenths of a second clear of second place, it was his sixth consecutive pole position at the circuit. Just as worrisome to his competitors, he was fastest in all four sectors of the tight track and he led every practice round.

Teammate Dani Pedrosa seized the second spot on the grid for his best qualifying practice of the year. Jorge Lorenzo, at slightly more than half a second behind the pole sitter, completed the all-Spaniard front row.

Andrea Iannone grabbed fourth as the top Ducati rider. Right behind him was an impressive Yonny Hernandez who finished in the top-two in the first qualifying session before taking a second-row spot in the final. Valentino Rossi secured the final spot on the second row.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'20.336  
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'20.628 0.292 / 0.292
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'20.921 0.585 / 0.293
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'21.029 0.693 / 0.108
5 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'21.115 0.779 / 0.086
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'21.220 0.884 / 0.105
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'21.239 0.903 / 0.019
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'21.274 0.938 / 0.035
9 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'21.329 0.993 / 0.055
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'21.409 1.073 / 0.080
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'21.503 1.167 / 0.094
12 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'21.796 1.460 / 0.293
13 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'21.628 0.295 / 0.062
14 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'21.632 0.299 / 0.004
15 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'21.760 0.427 / 0.128
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'22.049 0.716 / 0.289
17 15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART 1'22.195 0.862 / 0.146
18 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'22.225 0.892 / 0.030
19 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'22.362 1.029 / 0.137
20 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward 1'22.394 1.061 / 0.032
21 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 1'22.441 1.108 / 0.047
22 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'22.543 1.210 / 0.102
23 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 1'22.693 1.360 / 0.150
24 70 Michael LAVERTY Aprilia 1'22.947 1.614 / 0.254
25 71 Claudio CORTI Yamaha Forward 1'23.374 2.041 / 0.427
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Given track layout any chance for a race long shootout? Not a lot of passing zones, but hopefully everyone stays close enough for an exciting last lap. Bring it on!
David, thanks as always for your great work and bringing everything to life for us.

The top Hondas and Yamahas have very similar race pace. As long as he doesn't get bottled up by Ducatis on the first lap Rossi has excellent podium prospects.

Expect tense times in Camp Honda after Marquez pings Dani into the cheap seats ...

...a first time that we have two pair of brothers lined up side by side?
If we put that a side Marquez will be tough to beat tomorrow. He has his mojo back and all the confidence in the world. Maybe Honda will have their battle and Yamaha their own. If Rossi and Lorenzo manage to get in front of Honda at the start then we could have a fun race, otherwise it could be Marc all the way...

the hands-down favorite to win this race, Marquez, probably isn't going to factor into the championship race by winning here. So, to me, the story of this race is going to be Lorenzo's inability to escape at the front due to the competitive Hondas here. Which means there's every opportunity that we're going to be treated to a battle for important championship points between the two Yamahas somewhere behind Marquez (and possibly Pedrosa).

If I took a swing at predicting this one, I'm going to guess that Lorenzo will leap off the line with both Hondas in Hot pursuit, followed by Iannone and Rossi. With few good passing opportunities, it's going to take several laps of chopping back and forth at the front before the Hondas establish their positions in the lead, which will keep the trailing pack closer than usual, allowing Rossi time to move forward and go toe to toe with his teammate. Could be an awesome race no matter the finishing order, with big championship implications.

Dani - welcome back.

Hernandez?! Had to read that 5th 3 times. Huh! And Smith looks able to impress. Bautista and DeAngelis put a lot of bikes behind them, solid work for Aprilia.

Honda's Open bike: can we just put license plates on those and get them on the street already? I am so much more excited about them getting headlights and turn signals than I am about them in MotoGP. Glad we have a full grid, and new rules they were a part of facilitating. But I remember 10 yrs ago having keen interest in the whole grid tip to tail. Looking fwd to that returning in 2016.

Suzuki found some set up solutions, good work is going on in their garage.

How different are temps supposed to be Sunday? Who used the assymetric front for Qual and who used the standard? Honda has not fully resolved their 2015 issues, they have much improved it for Marc w the more forgiving frame. Marc still may be over riding the bike relative to the others up front, and this track can catch a rider out that bites off too much to force a pass. I am not as sure of a Marc run away at the front as other folks.

Interesting season! We are very fortunate as fans. See you all glued to the screen Sunday, hoisting a Guinness with you.

Honda's Open bike: can we just put license plates on those and get them on the street already? I am so much more excited about them getting headlights and turn signals than I am about them in MotoGP

for only 185.000.- without the kit 200.000.- with it.

remember it wil be slower then any 1000cc supersport.... LOL

...to Bautista hauling the Aprilia around to a decent grid position. Shame about Melandri. Aprilia really botched that one. He was reluctant from the get go to go to MotoGP. They should've kept him in WSBK instead of Haslam.

to get two races for the price of one at the moment. Going by Rossi's post race comments he also realises this: whoever wins the race is almost irrelevant, he is just focusing on beating Lorenzo and won't be too upset to see Marquez and Pedrosa run away at the front.

...Rossi is smart enough to know that this one is Honda's to loose. He is just thinking smart. I would be amazed if someone other then a Honda rider wins in Ring.