Jorge Martin claims another superb pole position as championship rival Marco Bezzecchi can only manage seventh.
Martin put in a blistering 1’26.434 performance to secure his sixth pole of the year in Germany after a faultless performance over the last two days. The young Spaniard is joined on the front row by two-time podium finisher Marcos Ramirez who will start in second. Ramirez will be hoping he can replicate his 2017 performance to claim a podium in the traditional way rather than the two inherited ones he’s received so far this season. CatalanGP winner Enea Bastianini rounds out the front row in third with a 1’26.499 flyer, only 0.063 off the pace of championship leader Martin.
Rookie Jaume Masia stunned as he claimed fourth in qualifying, only hours after a huge high side crash in FP3 which saw him stretched off. Aron Canet fell victim to turn one twice during qualifying as he got out of shape at the start of the session before completely succumbing to it after losing the front of the bike. However, the Madrid native recovered to take fifth. Tony Arbolino secured the final spot on row two after missing out on fifth position by only 0.005 seconds.
Marcos Bezzecchi’s spell of bad luck continues as he suffered a huge high sider early on in the session. The Italian ended the afternoon in seventh place but, after ‘unnecessary and costly crashes’, Bezzecchi will be hoping to deliver a spectacular performance this weekend and salvage some put needed championship points before the summer break. Birthday boy John McPhee takes a respectable eighth place with Ayumu Sasaki alongside in ninth.
Fabio Di Giannantonio’s pace seemed to completely abandon him this weekend as the Del Conca Gresini rider only managed 10th. Le Mans winner Albert Arenas will start in 11th whilst Gabriel Rodrigo ends the session in 12th. Philipp Oettl will begin his home race from 13th as he hopes to imitate his Jerez success in front of a crowd of his countrymen. Raul Fernandez replaces the injured Darryn Binder for the weekend and showed everyone exactly why he deserves a full-time ride in the future as he qualified in 14th position.
SIC58 Squadra Corse teammates Tatsuki Suzuki and Niccolò Antonelli take 15th and 16th respectively. Leopard Racing rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta recovered from a high sider at turn one early in the session to take 17th. The crash saw him struggling to get up before, with assistance from the marshalls, limping off the track but no injuries have been reported. Petronas Sprinta racing rider Adam Norrodin’s disappointing season continues as he qualified 18th, nine places behind his teammate Sasaki.
Ai Ogura continued to show good form in his third wild-card outing of the season with a 19th place qualifying position. Alonso Lopez had an unremarkable afternoon to line up in 20th with wannabe motocross star Jakub Kornfeil in 21st and Kazuki Masaki in 22nd. Nicolo Bulega was unable to find the same speed and form he demonstrated in qualifying at Assen and will start tomorrow’s race in a disappointing 23rd. Kaito Toba qualified in 24th but was taken to the medical centre after a crash mid-session, no news has been released about his condition as of yet.
Andrea Migno’s weekends seem to be going from bad to worse with yet another horrendous qualifying session, putting the Italian in 25th alongside German wildcard entree Luca Grünwald in 26th and Sky Racing Team VR46 rider Dennis Foggia. Foggia, much like Migno, has been having a shocking few weekends and will more than likely welcome the summer break for a well-earned rest and regroup.
Livio Loi’s replacement Vicente Perez qualified in 28th with Nakarin Atiratphuvapat in a horrendous 29th and Makar Yurchenko’s replacement Stefano Nepa rounding out the pack in 30th.
With the summer break looming, will the championship standings take another dramatic turn or will Martin be able to extend his lead? We can only wait and see what the Sachsenring has to deliver this year.