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Jul 13, 2013

Marquez Claims MotoGP Pole Position At Sachsenring (Updated)

FIM MotoGP World Championship: Marc Marquez (93).
FIM MotoGP World Championship
Sachsenring, Germany
July 13, 2013

Qualifying Session One Results (top two transfer to QP2, all on Bridgestone tires):
1. Danilo PETRUCCI, Italy (IODA/SUTER-BMW), 1:23.100
2. Claudio CORTI, Italy (FTR-Kawasaki), 1:23.148
3. Randy DE PUNIET, France (ART-Aprilia), 1:23.152
4. Hector BARBERA, Spain (FTR-Kawasaki), 1:23.333
5. Michele PIRRO, Italy (DUCATI), 1:23.349
6. Michael LAVERTY, UK (PBM-Aprilia), 1:23.549
7. Yonny HERNANDEZ, Colombia (ART-Aprilia), 1:23.565
8. Colin EDWARDS, USA (FTR-Kawasaki), 1:23.631
9. Karel ABRAHAM, Czech Republic (ART-Aprilia), 1:23.752
10. Hiroshi AOYAMA, Japan (FTR-Kawasaki), 1:23.820
11. Lukas PESEK, Czech Republic (IODA/SUTER-BMW), 1:24.395
12. Bryan STARING, Australia (FTR-Honda), 1:27.273
13. Andrea IANNONE, Italy (DUCATI), no time recorded

Qualifying Session Two Results (all on Bridgestone tires):
1. Marc MARQUEZ, Spain (HONDA), 1:21.311
2. Cal CRUTCHLOW, UK (YAMAHA), 1:21.434
3. Valentino ROSSI, Italy (YAMAHA), 1:21.493
4. Stefan BRADL, Germany (HONDA), 1:21.862
5. Aleix ESPARGARO, Spain (ART-Aprilia), 1:21.887
6. Nicky HAYDEN, USA (DUCATI), 1:22.157
7. Bradley SMITH, UK (YAMAHA), 1:22.297
8. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Spain (HONDA), 1:22.484
9. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Italy (DUCATI), 1:22.561
10. Claudio CORTI, Italy (FTR-Kawasaki), 1:23.059
11. Danilo PETRUCCI, Italy (IODA/SUTER-BMW), 1:23.361
12. Dani PEDROSA, Spain (HONDA), no time recorded

Combined Qualifying Results:
1. Marc MARQUEZ, Spain (HONDA), 1:21.311
2. Cal CRUTCHLOW, UK (YAMAHA), 1:21.434
3. Valentino ROSSI, Italy (YAMAHA), 1:21.493
4. Stefan BRADL, Germany (HONDA), 1:21.862
5. Aleix ESPARGARO, Spain (ART-Aprilia), 1:21.887
6. Nicky HAYDEN, USA (DUCATI), 1:22.157
7. Bradley SMITH, UK (YAMAHA), 1:22.297
8. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Spain (HONDA), 1:22.484
9. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Italy (DUCATI), 1:22.561
10. Claudio CORTI, Italy (FTR-Kawasaki), 1:23.059
11. Danilo PETRUCCI, Italy (IODA/SUTER-BMW), 1:23.361
12. Dani PEDROSA, Spain (HONDA), no time recorded
13. Randy DE PUNIET, France (ART-Aprilia), 1:23.152
14. Hector BARBERA, Spain (FTR-Kawasaki), 1:23.333
15. Michele PIRRO, Italy (DUCATI), 1:23.349
16. Michael LAVERTY, UK (PBM-Aprilia), 1:23.549
17. Yonny HERNANDEZ, Colombia (ART-Aprilia), 1:23.565
18. Colin EDWARDS, USA (FTR-Kawasaki), 1:23.631
19. Karel ABRAHAM, Czech Republic (ART-Aprilia), 1:23.752
20. Hiroshi AOYAMA, Japan (FTR-Kawasaki), 1:23.820
21. Lukas PESEK, Czech Republic (IODA/SUTER-BMW), 1:24.395
22. Bryan STARING, Australia (FTR-Honda), 1:27.273
23. Andrea IANNONE, Italy (DUCATI), no time recorded

More, from a press release issued by Yamaha Factory MotoGP Team:

Rossi Returns to the Front Row

Sachsenring (Germany), 13th July 2013

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi made a welcome return to the front row of the grid in third position today in qualifying for Sunday’s Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. The quick fire 15minute session proved to be the best qualifying performance by the Italian nine-time Champion since Le Mans over two years ago, his last appearance on the front row.

Rossi wrapped up the fourth free practice prior to qualifying as the fastest rider with the second fastest lap of the weekend so far, a 1’21.978 lap. He then carried that speed straight through to qualifying, slotting straight into third position on his second lap with a 1’22.44. He stepped up the pace immediately and slotted into the top spot only to be knocked down to second a few seconds later by Cal Crutchlow. With seven minutes remaining Rossi made a pit stop for fresh rubber and returned to the track. Another flying lap saw him secure third and a front row start with a 1’21.493, just 0.182 seconds from pole.

Valentino Rossi
3rd / 1'21.493 / 10 laps

“I’m very happy, from one side not a lot because the first position was very close but the target was to come back to the front row and I was able to. I was able to do it in a good way because I did a good lap riding well and also my gap to pole position is very close which is very important. I feel good with the bike, I have a good setting and I have quite a good pace also. Now we have to put everything together for tomorrow and try to slide the rear a bit less. I am a bit worried about the second part of the race; that will be very hard for everybody. If we want to stay with Marc we have to make a small improvement for tomorrow. Anyway, I am so happy, the last front row for me was in 2010 in Le Mans, a long, long time ago. Tomorrow it will be a strange feeling to have nobody in front!

For Jorge it is a great pity because he made a small mistake and unfortunately landed on the wrong shoulder. After what he did in Assen he was very close to a superhero. It’s a pity also for his championship but now I think he’s made the right choice to take some quiet time to recover. For him the Championship will be hard but still not impossible before the end.”

Yamaha Factory Racing Massimo Meregalli
Team Director
“Today was an important first row for Vale, we know he is capable of starting from the front so it’s good to see him do this. I think his speed and pace is pretty good which gives us confidence for tomorrow. It’s not going to be an easy race, it’s going to be long and really tough but I think we are ready for it. Fortunately Jorge’s surgery went really well which is another important point from today. We miss having him here challenging for victory this weekend but he has made the right choice to recover as fully as possible. We wish him all the best and we wait for him to return even stronger than before.”

More, from a press release issued by Repsol Honda:

Fantastic pole for Marquez but despair for Pedrosa after giant high side crash

It's been another day of mixed fortunes for the Repsol Honda Team at the GP of Germany. Rookie Marc Marquez took his third pole position of the season and his third successive pole here at Sachsenring, but unfortunately his teammate Dani Pedrosa suffered a huge crash in this morning's FP3 session and didn't take part in qualifying.

Dani, was on the first flying lap of his second exit when he had a huge high side crash in turn one with the bike tossing him into the air. He landed heavily on his left shoulder and also hit his head very hard. He was taken to the medical centre and later flew to Chemnitz Hospital for a CAT scan and additional checks. It has now been confirmed that he didn't suffer and concussion but there is a small fracture in his left clavicle (collar bone). The circuit medical staff have declared him fit to race, subject to a further medical check tomorrow morning at 08h20. If he is able to race, his time from FP1 would be used placing him in 12th position.

Marc Marquez 1st 1'21.311
"I'm very happy with this pole position. It's important to start from the front row at this circuit, since it's quite difficult to overtake! I felt very comfortable, especially after the pace I had in FP4. In qualifying I struggled a little to get the most out of the bike, but things went better on our second exit. I think we have done a great job and we will try to do our best, have a good race and fight for the podium, and with a little luck for the victory. After I saw Dani's crash this morning I was definitely a little more cautious going through turn one. I really hope he recovers quickly and can race tomorrow. It will be a difficult race, because Valentino will be fighting also Stefan and Cal, if he's okay physically, will be up there as well"

Dani Pedrosa 12th 1'22.221 (FP1)
"It was definitely a scary moment and I'm still not totally sure what happened. I hit my head hard and immediately felt a lot of pain in my shoulder and I checked to see if I could feel anything. Thankfully in the medical centre they saw it wasn't broken but maybe a small fracture, and I was also feeling very dizzy but never lost consciousness. Just to be safe, we flew to Chemnitz Hospital for a CAT scan and then returned to Clinica Mobile at the circuit. They confirmed I had a small fracture in my left collar bone but I am thankful it wasn't a complete break. Now I will rest tonight and see how I feel in the morning. If I feel strong enough I will have the medical check to clear me for the race"

More, from a press release issued by Pramac Racing:

Shoulder dislocation for Andrea Iannone

Day two at the Sachsenring was a challenging one for Andrea Iannone. A few minutes after the start of FP4, the Italian went long in turn 1, losing the control of his bike and crashing. Upon returning to the garage, he has immediately brought to the Clinica Mobile, where Dr. Costa and his staff promptly intervened and diagnosed a dislocated right shoulder. Both the X-ray and the scan gave negative results for fractures, but at the moment, Iannone’s recovery time is unknown.

It was an unexpected end to the day for Iannone and his T.I. Energy Pramac Racing Team, as the weekend had begun positively, and the modifications made to the bike were immediately achieving positive results, making the chances of a good grid position seem promising.

The work in the garage proceeds while the team awaits tomorrow’s final decision.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“I'm sorry for how it went because I felt good and we were doing a good job with the team. It might be the first weekend when every change we made has led to a small step forward that I could immediately notice. The bike has consistently responded pretty well, so I was happy. I started FP4 while I was trying a little change. I was having a good lap, even though I wasn’t really pushing too hard, and although the tyre already had 14 laps on it, I was close to my best time. Then I fell, and I'm really disappointed; I thought I could do a good race tomorrow because we’ve focused a lot on the pace, also during the test at Misano. We were getting interesting results, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish the work we’d planned. I'll try to be there tomorrow, but I don’t want to compromise the work we’ve done and that we still have to do. I want to thank the team and all the Clinica Mobile because they’re always helping me during these difficult moments.”

More, from a press release issued by LCR Honda:


Sachsenring, 13 July: Stefan Bradl was thrilled to lead the way in front of his home crowd yesterday and the local fans enjoyed the 4th place (1’21.862) achieved today by the 23-year-old in the afternoon qualifying session. Bradl has led the majority of the QP2 session showing his increasing confidence but a small crash affected his final performance on soft tyres.

Stefan Bradl

“We have done a good job in FP4 and our consistency is very good. Actually we have just missed one maximum fast lap in the qualifying but I am still very pleased with my fourth place on the grid. Unfortunately I had a little crash on the first tyre because I hit a little bump on the asphalt but I was able to start the bike again going back to the garage. After that I jumped on bike two, pushing more than 100% but I could not set the perfect lap time to qualify in the front row. I really wanted a front row start at my home race but we are quite happy anyway because we are doing a good job. It’s difficult to set any target because the race is very long (30 laps) but I strongly want to perform well for my home crowd”.

More, from a press release issued by Cardion AB Motoracing:

Abraham will start from nineteenth position

Karel Abraham, although struggling with viral disease, took a nineteenth position in qualification practice and he will start from seventh row to Sunday race. The health condition of Karel got a little bit better respect yesterday. The free and qualification practices had been marked by many heavy crashes of Motogp riders. Jorge Lorenzo will not take part in the race and participation of Dani Pedrosa is also not sure. He suffered injury of shoulder during heavy crash in last free practice. Marc Marquez won the qualification before Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi.

Karel Abraham
„If my health condition gets better as did respect yesterday, we can be little bit optimistic. At the end of the last free practice the engine broke on one the bike and it seems to be that definitely. We had available only one bike during the qualification practice that fortunately worked well. I improved my time a lot respect yesterday but it could be still better. The last fast lap I was riding over my maximum, unfortunately I reached Aoyama and he slowed me down in two splits. I don’t want to say any prognosis about the race, it can happen anything.“

Marco Grana, chief mechanic Cardion AB Motoracing
„I’m happy that Karel’s condition got better a little, thus we were able to ride the free and qualification practice. He improved a lot his time and are competitive with riders around thirteen position. If Karel have finished last lap without slower Aoyama we could be on fourteen position. Our rider is not hunder percent ok; therefore I consider this result as a good one. The engine that we normally use during the race is broken. We will get another one from Aprilia for tomorrow and we will do a race with it.“

More, from a press release issued by Bridgestone:

Masterful Marquez sets the pace in Sachsenring qualifying

Round 8: Germany MotoGP™ - Qualifying Practice
Sachsenring, Saturday July 13 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: FP3 - Dry. Ambient 17-17°C; Track 23-24°C (Bridgestone measurement)
FP4 & QP - Dry. Ambient 22-23°C; Track 36-41°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez grabbed his third pole position of the year courtesy of a blazing lap time of 1’21.311 in an action-packed qualifying session at Sachsenring.

Marquez’s time was a shade off the all-time pole position record set in 2008 on qualifying tyres and rounded out an impressive day for the MotoGP rookie. Second quickest today was Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow who narrowly beat Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi to P2 by less than a tenth of a second. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro put in an amazing qualifying performance, his lap time of 1'21.887 qualifying him in fifth position – the best ever qualifying result for a CRT rider.

The warm track temperature in the afternoon allowed riders to perform race simulations on slick tyres. The softer rear slick options emerged as the most popular choice among both the works and CRT riders, while front tyre preference was split among the riders between softer and harder front slick. The soft compound front slick gives extra edge grip – especially important through the infrequent right-hand turns, while the hard compound front slick gives greater stability through the faster sections. As the Sachsenring circuit is such a severe circuit on tyres, Bridgestone engineers will analyse tyre wear on the CRT-specific soft compound rear slick to see if some riders would be better suited to using the harder, medium compound rear slick for tomorrow’s race.

Morning Warm Up is the next MotoGP session at 0955 local time tomorrow (GMT +2) before the thirty lap German Grand Prix gets set to start at 1400.

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“This morning track conditions were not the best due to the cool weather and some spots of rain, thankfully we had better conditions in FP4 which allowed the riders to do race simulations on their preferred tyre combination. The improved track conditions also resulted in a very good being set in qualifying and in particular, the times in QP2 were very quick. It was particularly pleasing to see three CRT riders in QP2 as their class-specific soft option rear slick gave them a big boost in performance at this tight and technical circuit. As this circuit is so severe on rear tyres and this is the first time we’ve brought a soft compound asymmetric rear slick here, we will analyse the rate of wear of the soft rear slick to see if any CRT riders will be better off using their harder rear slick option.”

More, from a press release issued by Ducati Corse:

Rows two and three for Ducati Team at German GP

For the second day in a row, track action at the Sachsenring was marred by a number of frightening crashes, but Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso managed to make it through unscathed to qualify in sixth and ninth place, respectively.

The morning free-practice session was interrupted by rain, affecting the teams’ planned work programs, but after it was confirmed that injured Jorge Lorenzo would not return to action, both Ducati Team riders advanced directly to Q2. The weather was better in the afternoon, but grip was still scarce in some parts of the track. Hayden managed to qualify on the second row, while Dovizioso will start from row three.

Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 6th (1:22.157)
“With the rain-interrupted session this morning, we didn’t get a chance to try a couple little things we had planned to. This afternoon we made a few things better, but some other areas were a bit worse. The guys here are working really hard, and the bike is okay in some places, but in the downhill corners, it’s impossible to put enough load on the front to get feedback and make the bike turn. We got on the second row, although the fact that a couple guys were missing makes that look better than it really is. We’re .8 off pole, which is too much at a little track, but we’ll have a good think tonight and try to do something in the morning. It’ll be a long race, but we’ll do our best to have a good result.”

Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 9th (1:22.561)
“Honestly, I expected this position, as our pace is eight tenths of a second off. I lowered my times from yesterday, but the others were also able to improve. I’m a bit disappointed with my qualifying time because I made a mistake in turn eight, where I went off-line and lost a couple tenths. I was ready to fight for sixth place with Nicky; it’s a shame because at this track, the grid position is pretty important, so it’ll be essential to get a good start. The race will be long tomorrow—30 laps—and I think if we grit our teeth, it could be possible to fight for fifth or sixth place. There are five of us on a similar pace. Unfortunately, it’s a long way from the top guys, but we’ll do everything possible to get a good result.”

More, from a press release issued by Monster Yamaha Tech 3:

Crutchlow bounces back to claim stunning front row in Germany
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow showed tremendous mental and physical resilience today to secure a stunning place on the front row of the grid for the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

Battered and bruised after two high-speed crashes in practice yesterday, the British rider demonstrated his phenomenal fighting spirit to claim second position in this afternoon’s qualifying session at the tight and twisty Sachsenring.

The 27-year-old is nursing numerous cuts, bruises and friction burns after a physically punishing start to the eighth round of the 2013 World Championship campaign.

Far from being in peak physical shape today, Crutchlow managed to brush off the aches and pains to this morning to finish sixth overall in practice. With his confidence and feeling on Yamaha's YZR-M1 restored in advance of the 15-minute qualifying session, Crutchlow put up another terrific fight for pole position.

He led the session with a 1.21.640 and a brilliant late burst of speed saw him improve his pace to a 1.21.434. That put him only 0.123s behind Marc Marquez, who denied Crutchlow a second successive premier class pole position.

Crutchlow certainly won’t be back to 100% fitness in time for tomorrow’s 30-lap race but his pace throughout a difficult weekend means he is optimistic he can mount a serious challenge for a fourth podium of the season.

Bradley Smith enjoyed another positive and productive day and he managed to improve his pace by almost 0.5s in the decisive qualifying session.

A best lap of 1.22.758 secured him a top 10 finish in practice and in full time attack mode in qualifying he was able to drop his pace down to a 1.22.297 that secured him seventh position on the grid.

Smith was just over 0.9s off pole position and a second successive start from inside the top six only eluded the 22-year-old by 0.140s. Smith’s main objective in tomorrow’s race will be a fast start, with the tight and twisty Sachsenring track hard to overtake on as the British rider goes in search of a sixth straight top six finish in his impressive rookie MotoGP season.

Cal Crutchlow 2nd – 1.21.434 – 10 laps:
“I am really pleased to be back on the front row after all the drama of yesterday. They were two really big crashes in practice and my body took a bit of beating to be honest. The first crash was completely my fault because I made a mistake on the brakes but the second was because the front tyre was cold. It was definitely my worst day of the season, so to put all that behind me and get a front row when I am not close to my physical best is a great achievement. When I woke up this morning I didn’t feel that great because my body took a big impact in a few places. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to ride and just to be out there is great. It is going to be a very difficult race in my condition but I will be giving it my all to get another podium. Today was a great result for my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew. I gave them plenty of work to do yesterday but they did a great job and as always I am grateful for their efforts.”

Bradley Smith 7th 1.22.297 – 10 laps:
“Seventh position is a great result and to do a 1.22.2 was a bit of surprise. We still need to work a bit more on my confidence and understand the Bridgestone tyres a bit better. They work really well at this track and it is a case of understanding how much you can push them. For the race tomorrow the start will be so important. The track is so tight and twisty that the first three laps will be vital to achieving a good result. Hopefully we can improve the bike but I feel for the full race distance we are in a good position and I am happy with the set-up. I just need to make sure we can put in a consistent pace because it will be a very long race.”

More, from a press release issued by Dorna Communications:

Marc Marquez has collected his third MotoGP™ pole position for this weekend’s eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. As injured title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa both couldn’t take part after crashes, the Repsol Honda Team rider beat Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi.

Since practice action commenced on Friday, a number of incidents have been witnessed at the Sachsenring, not least for title-holder Lorenzo and current championship leader Pedrosa who both have injured left collarbones after highside crashes. Lorenzo will miss at least this race, whereas in Pedrosa’s case it remains to be seen as to whether he will be able to re-join the action on Sunday.

Marquez’s lap of 1’21.311 was within three tenths of a second of Casey Stoner’s best ever lap of the Sachsenring – which had been achieved in the era of qualifying tyres in 2008 – as he stormed to his third pole, after Texas and Le Mans. Crutchlow will start inside the top two for the third race in succession, despite two heavy falls on Friday which have left the Englishman in pain, while the front row start for Rossi is his first in 988 days; his last had been at the Portuguese Grand Prix of 2010.

Row 2 is headed up by LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl at his home event, whereas a top five result came thanks to a stunning effort from Aleix Espargaro on the Power Electronics Aspar CRT machine. Ducati Team will line up sixth and ninth, far better than Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso had expected, whereas Tech 3’s Bradley Smith and GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista will fill slots seven and eight. Pedrosa was classified 12th, but was unable to take part in qualifying.

Highly impressive performances from Danilo Petrucci and Claudio Corti saw the pair of Italians topping Q1 and thus headed into the Q2 shootout for the first time; Corti will start tenth on the grid for NGM Mobile Forward Racing, whereas Petrucci experienced a technical issue in Q2 and will set off from 11th for Came Ioda Racing Project.

At the back of the grid and in 23rd place will be Energy T.I. Racing’s Andrea Iannone, who dislocated his right shoulder in a crash during the final practice session. Hector Barbera (Avintia Blusens, 14th) was also in discomfort after twisting his right ankle in morning practice, whereas GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Bryan Staring was left 22nd fastest after suffering a large highside on the exit of Turn 3.


Belgium’s Xavier Simeon has claimed his first ever pole position for the Moto2™ eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. An impressive last-gasp lap for the Desguaces La Torre Maptaq rider saw him demote Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres and Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro, as only 39 thousandths of a second covered the leading trio.

Simeon - who finished on the podium at the French Grand Prix earlier this season - grabbed Saturday’s pole with his best effort of 1’24.665, also achieving his first ever front row start. Torres was denied by the narrow margin of 13 thousandths of a second, while Espargaro’s third place means he will start five positions ahead of title rival and current championship leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team).

Row 2 will be filled by the still recovering Tom Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing), Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing) and Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team), while Simon’s teammate Takaaki Nakagami will head up the third row from Redding, whose own best lap missed pole by just under three tenths of a second.

The top ten was completed by eight-time Sachsenring podium finisher Alex de Angelis, who next weekend will be competing in the premier MotoGP™ class at Laguna Seca. In 23rd place, Tuenti HP 40’s Tito Rabat struggled to make an impression due to a twisted left ankle sustained in a crash during final practice.

Simeon’s result is the first pole position for a Belgian rider - in any class of the World Championship - for 24 years since. The last came courtesy of Didier de Radigues at the 250 Belgian Grand Prix of 1989, staged at Spa-Francorchamps.


Alex Rins has achieved pole position for the Moto3™ eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. The Spaniard’s third pole of the season will see him share the front row with the championship leader, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom whose challenge was halted by an engine problem, and Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira.

The early surprise of the afternoon was an error from one front-running favourite, as home rider Jonas Folger crashed his Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 bike at Turn 11. He was able to re-join the action in the late stages, sealing fourth spot on the grid. Rins’ pole came in the form of 1’27.300, with Salom staying second despite having had to pull off the circuit; his leading lap time from final practice remains the quickest so far.

Oliveira - who was on pole last time out at Assen - collects his third consecutive front row start, whereas Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales could not make the most of Salom’s difficulties and went off-track at Turn 1. He will start sixth, behind Folger and Caretta Technology – RTG’s Jack Miller on the second row.

Second Mahindra rider Efren Vazquez will line up seventh from San Carlo Team Italia’s Romano Fenati, RW Racing GP’s Jasper Iwema – enjoying his best Moto3 qualifying position to date, in ninth - and Alex Marquez, who ensures that Estrella Galicia 0,0 are bookending the top ten.

A late fall for Folger’s teammate Eric Granado left the Brazilian 31st, four positions ahead of Jules Danilo who covers for the injured Danny Webb at Ambrogio Racing.