MotoGP: Marquez smashes his own lap record to take pole position at Sachsenring
Sat Jul 11th– Marc Marquez is on track to extend Repsol Honda Team’s run of five consecutive premier-class victories at the German Grand Prix after the reigning MotoGP World Champion smashed his own Sachsenring Circuit Best Lap record by a staggering 0.601 seconds.
Marquez led every MotoGP session heading into Qualifying Practice 2 and increased the pace even further when it counted most, setting the quickest ever time at Sachsenring – a 1’20.336 – to take pole position ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa, who set a best time of 1’20.628. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo claimed the final front row grid slot for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix with a time of 1’20.921. All three riders on the front row set their best time using the medium compound rear slick, but while Marquez and Pedrosa used the medium compound front slick to set their best times, Lorenzo utilised the asymmetric front slick to set his quickest time.
Marc Marquez – “After FP3, I was expecting to set a 1’20.7 or 1’20.6 this afternoon. However, when I saw that I had set a 1’20.3, I decided that it was best to stop and not do any more laps as that’s when crashes happen! I am happy with my fast lap, but above all I am pleased with my pace and how I feel on the bike. It seems as if we are gradually getting better with that, but I am aware that tomorrow’s race will be a tough 30 laps and that Dani is very strong here, as are Jorge and Valentino, but I feel ready to fight for the victory.”
Conditions today at Sachsenring were almost perfect, with warmer ambient temperatures than yesterday, although the peak track temperature reading of 40°C during FP4 was only slightly higher than yesterday’s peak. The favourable conditions resulted in a number of riders evaluating the hard compound front slick in Free Practice 4, yet in a similar fashion to yesterday it was the asymmetric and medium front slick options which proved to be the best performers around Sachsenring and it is expected that these options will be the two front tyres of choice for tomorrow’s race. For the rear tyre, the medium compound rear slick fared best in today’s conditions, with track temperatures not reaching a high enough level for the factory Honda and Yamaha riders to try the hard compound rear slick. Rear tyre choice for the German Grand Prix should have the majority of riders selecting the medium compound rear slick, although some open class riders are likely to use the soft compound rear slick for the race.
Similar weather conditions are forecast for tomorrow, where the next MotoGP session will be Warm Up at 0940 local time (GMT +2). The thirty lap German Grand Prix will get underway at 1400 local time.