2018 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Result: Well They Gave It A Good Go

An extremely hot Sachsenring could only be the scene of a fiery battle and after the first run of laps, Maverick Viñales was already a tenth away from the circuit fastest lap. But that was barely the beginning of the story and while Marc Marquez was following his own three-run plotline, Danilo Petrucci was stealing the show at the front of the standings by robbing Jorge Lorenzo from provisional pole while tucked in behind his factory colleague.

The Ducatis looked as strong as ever but the Repsol Honda champ proceeded to squeeze himself in the microscopic gap between the two Ducatis on his penultimate lap. Another highlights reel moment costed Marquez that hundredth of a second that separated him from Petrucci but that caused no regret in the end as the reigning world champion went on to set the new pole position record on his very last try and his ninth consecutive pole at the Sachsenring.

With Marquez spoiling the Ducati party by two hundredths of a second, Petrucci was resigned to second and Lorenzo completed the front row of the grid, another three hundredths behind his Pramac colleague. Early leader Viñales was over a tenth of a second back – which seemed nearly gargantuan compared to the splits in the front row. Andrea Dovizioso had quite a bit of warmup ahead of this session after setting the hottest pace in FP4 and flying through Q1 but he ran out of steam slightly to qualify fifth, still leaving himself with great prospects for victory. Valentino Rossi found his way at the sharp end once again to complete the line-up on row two.

Cal Crutchlow finished seventh, four tenths off pole and with a somewhat disappointed Andrea Iannone and Alvaro Bautista in tow. Dani Pedrosa opens row four, ahead of Alex Rins and the other Q1 survivor, Takaaki Nakagami.

Aleix Espargaro missed out on a Q2 ticket by a mere nine thousandths of a second but to add insult to injury, the Aprilia man will serve a six-place grid penalty for impeding Marquez in FP3 and will have to make a start from 19th position. This will help Johann Zarco gain a place to 13th on the grid.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'20.270    
2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'20.295 0.025 0.025
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'20.327 0.057 0.032
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'20.441 0.171 0.114
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'20.444 0.174 0.003
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'20.532 0.262 0.088
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'20.675 0.405 0.143
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'20.682 0.412 0.007
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'20.700 0.430 0.018
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'20.831 0.561 0.131
11 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'20.847 0.577 0.016
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'20.938 0.668 0.091
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'20.751    
Q2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'20.963 0.212 0.212
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'20.972 0.221 0.009
14 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'21.059 0.308 0.087
15 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'21.183 0.432 0.124
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'21.242 0.491 0.059
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'21.287 0.536 0.045
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'21.460 0.709 0.173
19 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'21.546 0.795 0.086
20 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'21.749 0.998 0.203
21 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'21.802 1.051 0.053
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'22.012 1.261 0.210
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'22.159 1.408 0.147
24 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'22.709 1.958 0.550
Round Number: 
9
2018
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