Johann Zarco ended the winning streak of another French rider, Fabio Quartararo. Curiously, Pramac Ducati’s – his is one of the names with the most references this year, despite joining a satellite team – finished the qualifying session on the ground. Right after dialing the fast fly. His fall, in the middle of turn four, altered the plans of those who hoped to take advantage of the last seconds to improve their times. And left him the pole position, a first position on the starting grid that made five great prizes that had no other owner than the Yamaha of Quartararo, finally second.
It was Marc Márquez, the reference in this Sachsenring circuit in which he chained ten consecutive victories until 2019, from 125cc to MotoGP, who started commanding the timesheets. He had already warned that this circuit was going well for his shoulder – the 93’s right humerus adds three operations in five months – that he was hardly going to feel physical limitations on a track where there are practically only left-hand corners (10 the left, three on the right), his favorites, now for various reasons (injury, among them); Especially after the test in Montmeló, the Monday after the Catalan GP, shed some light on his return to racing and his understanding with the Honda.
Despite the good feelings, and according to the warning he made a day before that he has better pace than speed on a fast lap, Márquez finished in fifth place – the best classification since his return to competition -; Quartararo overtook him with nine minutes remaining, and shortly afterwards also Miller. The final arreón raised Zarco and also Aleix Espargaró, who took his Aprilia to the Parc Fermé after setting the third best lap on this short track.
A few minutes before the final session started, Morbidelli had fallen to the ground. He was improving his times in Q1 when he was fighting to get into Q2. His fall, like Iker Lecuona’s previous accident, also left the last seconds of Q1 useless. They waved yellow flags calling for caution. Rossi or Viñales tried to improve their times, but they had to abort the attempt.
Rossi will leave the 16th. And Viñales, from the 21st position on the grid; the world champion, Joan Mir, will do it not much later, from the 17th.