Martin on pole ahead of Oliveira

Martin on pole ahead of Oliveira

World Championship leader Jorge Martin (Pramac) will start from pole position for the sprint race and the MotoGP German Grand Prix, ahead of Trackhouse’s Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez. His rival Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) will start fourth, while the French did not take part in Q2.

Leading the world championship by ten points over Francesco Bagnaia as the halfway point of the season approaches, Jorge Martin shone on Saturday morning at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany, taking pole position for the sprint race and the Grand Prix.

The Spanish driver will start from first place for the 17th time in his career, after setting one of his nine laps in 1’19″423. He finished ahead of the two Trackhouses of Miguel Oliveira (who finished 48 thousandths behind) and Raul Fernandez (who finished 220 thousandths behind, having had to go through Q1 a few minutes earlier), and the Ducati of Francesco Bagnaia, fourth at 326 thousandths. This session was marked by the heavy fall of Maverick Vinales, who went over his bike and landed on his back. The Spaniard was able to get up, apparently without incident. He will start seventh on the grid.

The French are still far away

On the French side, Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco did not really shine during free practice and had to go through Q1. A Q1 in which they finished fourth and ninth respectively.
They therefore did not qualify for Q2, and the Yamaha rider will start 14th on the grid and the Honda rider 19th. We’re going to have to work hard to finish in the points.

The same goes for former multiple world champion Marc Marquez, who finished third, and who may have regrets, because while he was on a fast final lap, he was hindered by Stefan Bradl, who was hanging around in the middle of the track at low speed. The weekend is definitely difficult for the Gresini rider, who has already fallen twice during free practice. Now, the race will be back at 3:00 p.m. for the sprint race.

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