MotoGP German GP Qualifying : Seven for Marquez, Three for Lorenzo.

admin@throttle|Updated: August 2, 2016 15:58
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Marc Marquez continues his run of form at the Sachsenring, clinching his seventh pole position at the Saxony circuit. A fast lap on his first run was enough for the two time MotoGP champion to get his seventh pole position at the German venue. Avintia Ducatis Hector Barbera got himself a brilliant tow from Marc Marquez, Him clinching provisional pole in the early stages before Marquez improved and set a benchmark which is almost half a second faster than Barberas time. An impressive performance aboard the Desmosedici GP 14.2 (Often called the grandma of the paddock as it is two years old), being the leading Ducati rider rings bells at the Bolognan marquee that an upgraded machine needs to be sent to the Spain based team for 2017. Valentino Rossi ended up being the top Yamaha rider after finishing in an appalling 14 th in FP2, the Italian making necessary changes to his YZR-M1 to make it competitive again. The italians 1:21.666 is good for third on the grid, although he is half a second slower than Marquezs scorching 1:21.160. a better second lap earned him third as Octo Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petruccis best lap was the same as Rossis time, the latter having set a better lap time than Petrucci. He will be joined by Pol Espargaro and Maverick Vinales, the latter benefiting with a tow from his future teammate Valentino Rossi. The coordination has been on since Mugello when Rossi and Vinales took first and second spots on the grid after cooperating with each other. Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo had a forgettable weekend , crashing on friday and twice on Saturday. He was only able to finish 14 th in FP3 which meant he had to go through Q1 for the first time in his career. After setting the fastest lap in Q1, Lorenzo crashed while pushing too hard at turn 8 which ended his session. He again crashed early in Q2 and his lap was only good for 11 th on the grid. With weather predicted to be wet for Sunday, Lorenzo might have a nightmare of a race on Sunday. Both Andrea Dovisiozo and Andrea Iannone will start from the third row of the grid, sandwiching Suzukis Aleix Espargaro. Iannone topped FP4 but crashed in Q2, which ruined his chance of clinching a front row start or even pole.