Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) continued his historic run of pole positions at the Sachsenring today, securing his tenth consecutive pole at the rollercoaster German racetrack. The 26-year-old Spaniard has taken pole every time he has visited the Sachsenring since 2010: he was quickest in 125cc in 2010, quickest in the Honda-powered Moto2 series in 2011 and 2012 and quickest every time in MotoGP since he graduated to the premier class in 2013.

Even more remarkable, the five-times premier-class World Champion converted each of his previous nine poles into nine consecutive race victories here. Tomorrow he hopes to convert his tenth pole into a tenth victory, which would further increase his series advantage, which currently stands at 44 points, with eight of 19 rounds done.

Marquez has been imperious so far this weekend: three tenths up at the end of yesterday, close to two tenths up at the end of FP3. His love for this layout has much to do with his love of dirt-track training, which usually has riders turning left; Sachsenring is one of only a few anti-clockwise MotoGP tracks in Europe.

During the two days of practice here Marquez has used his two RC213V machines with different chassis: one equipped with a conventional aluminium-alloy frame, the other with an HRC development alloy frame featuring a carbon-fibre coating. As always Honda and HRC are working to improve the performance of its machines, using tomorrow’s technology today.

Fellow HRC rider Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) produced a heroic performance this afternoon, qualifying on the second row of the grid despite a nasty knee injury sustained in a freak cycling incident earlier in the week. The 33-year-old snapped the ACL ligament in his right knee but has kept riding, without slackening his pace at all.

Crutchlow was an incredible fourth fastest at the end of FP3 and sixth fastest in qualifying, less than seven tenths of a second behind Marquez.

His team-mate Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) was also in courageous mood today. The 27-year-old from Chiba finished the Q1 qualifying session second quickest to win promotion into Q2, despite the injuries he sustained at Assen last Sunday when he was taken out by a rival at high speed.

When Nakagami is off the motorcycle he needs crutches to walk, but once he climbs on his bike he grits his teeth and pushes to the limit. He ended Q2 tenth fastest, less than second behind Marquez, to lead the fourth row of the grid.

HRC test rider Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) is contesting his home Grand Prix as a replacement for the team’s three-times MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) who is recuperating from a heavy tumble during practice for last weekend’s Dutch round at Assen.

Bradl has done a sterling job here – both preparing for the race and testing some new parts for the RC213V. The 29-year-old German, who last raced in May’s Spanish GP round, qualified 14th and will be aiming to equal or better the excellent tenth-place finish he took at Jerez in May. Later this month Bradl will race a Honda CBR1000RR in the globally important Suzuka 8 Hours race in Japan.

Marc Marquez

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I am riding very well and since FP1 I feel good here. We’ve just been trying different tyres and some different things on the bike to see how it compares. Even in qualifying we tried some different things to keep understanding more. We have everything in place for tomorrow but the Yamaha riders are very fast. Viñales and Quartararo are very fast so we will have to keep an eye on them. The pole was possible today but we will have to see if the win is possible tomorrow!

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

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Yeah, I’m happy enough. I qualified sixth in Assen and sixth here. I think that’s about our pace this weekend. It’s going to be a really long difficult race and obviously the heat today didn’t help anybody’s tyres, but overall we’re happy enough. I’ve no idea [about tyres for the race]. I used a really used rear tyre in FP4 and it was horrendous, but that’s what it’s going to be like in the race. Marc has the pace compared to everybody else, we can see that, but we just don’t know how our rear tyre performed in that session because we used it from the morning. We’ll see, I believe that we have the pace to do a good job tomorrow, potentially fight for the podium or potentially fight for tenth. It’s always a good race here and a real battle.

LCR Honda
Takaaki Nakagami

Takaaki Nakagami 30

It was a very tough day for me. This morning I felt good and for the first time since Assen, I was able to put shoes on and, although it was difficult, I started to walk. But at the end of the FP3 session I felt that something was wrong, I was in a lot of pain and after that the condition of my left ankle was a disaster. I could not put any weight on it or walk, so it was really tough for me. At one moment in FP4 I thought I might have to retire as I couldn’t change gear – I wasn’t able to make the movement to downshift. After that I took off all the tape to try and make it a bit more flexible and that helped, although it was very painful. For tomorrow I don’t know, it’s a tight track and 30 laps won’t help me or my body. I think I will need an injection and painkillers, but we’ll wait and see what our strategy is.

LCR Honda
Stefan Bradl

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We have had another busy and productive day today. We have accomplished a lot today and our pace is good. For tomorrow we will start from the fifth row so we must make sure we are sensible during the race and do not get caught up in anything. I’m looking forward to it as I think we can gain some positions and riding at home is always very special.

Repsol Honda Team
HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

Sachsenring, Germany

MotoGP 2019, Round 9

Sunny / 27
Saturday 6 Jul 2019, 14:55 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 30%
  • Ground Temp: 44°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'20.195
2 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.205
3 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.211
4 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.336
5 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.495
6 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.662
7 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.769
8 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.828
9 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.866
10 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.909
11 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.942
12 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.291
13 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.172
14 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.294
15 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.380
16 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.500
17 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.513
18 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.532
19 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.704
20 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.750
21 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.863
22 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.186
Sunny / 25
Friday 5 Jul 2019, 14:02 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 34%
  • Ground Temp: 41°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'20.705
2 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.341
3 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.360
4 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.488
5 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.560
6 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.687
7 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.737
8 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.779
9 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.784
10 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.833
11 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.838
12 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.936
13 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.973
14 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.988
15 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.024
16 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.053
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.192
18 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.194
19 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.296
20 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.503
21 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.757
22 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +2.024
Rider Standings
Sunday, 30 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 160 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 116 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 108 Ducati Team Ducati
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 101 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 72 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
6 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 67 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
7 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 65 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 60 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 51 LCR Honda Honda
11 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 48 LCR Honda Honda
12 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 45 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 31 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
14 Joan MIR 36 SPA 30 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
15 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 19 Repsol Honda Team Honda
16 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 18 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
17 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
18 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 15 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
19 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 11 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
20 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 9 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
21 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
22 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 6 Repsol Honda Team Honda
23 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 3 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
24 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 3 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki
25 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati