In MotoGP it was was Petrucci and Pol Espargaro going through to Q2 after a wet Q1 session.

During the session there was contact between Viñales and Marquez, causing hand gestures and stares which clearly didn’t bother Marquez as he went on to take pole making it 8 years of a Honda pole here in the Sachsenring. During the practice starts it looked as if Viñales was trying to explain himself or even pass blame over to Marquez who was not accepting, and showed that he gave him no room.

Petrucci continued his form yet again by qualifying 2nd, still proving that he deserves his place in the OCTO Pramac Ducati Racing team – which he has just re-signed for for 2018 giving him the perfect opportunity to maybe, one day be able to move into the factory team and really fight for the championship.

Moto2 went along for a few minutes without drama until the rain came down yet again, sending all the riders back into pit lane. Simeon was the first rider to go out in the wet conditions and kept improving his time, moving up the table which eventually gave everyone else the confidence to come out.

One of the stand out riders was Hector Garzo qualifying in 5th who is in as a replacement for the injured Xavi Vierge. Garzo comes from the Junior Championship, and showed that he does have the talent and skill needed to be able to compete with the top riders. It is possible that he could be looked at for moving up to the World Championship in the coming years.

Moto3 went ahead this weekend without Martín after a crash in Friday’s practice. Martin broke his ankle and fibula, ruling him out of the German GP and giving someone else the chance to take pole. The session started off dry with Arbolino – the rookie, staying on top for a while before Bulega bounced back to his old form.

The rain started falling with 15 minutes to go which caught out a few riders who you would expect to be near the top, such as Di Giannantonio, McPhee and Migno. Soon after it stopped, the track dried within 5 minutes getting everyone back out on track for the final push.

The grid penalties this weekend were given to Kent and Herrera for riding slowly. Both received a 12 place penalty.

MotoGP results – QP2:

  1. Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team – 1:27.302

  2. Danilo Petrucci, OCTO Pramac Racing + 0.160

  3. Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team + 0.647

  4. Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda + 0.787

  5. Jonas Folger, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 0.908

  6. Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team + 1.081

  7. Pol Espargaro, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +1.100

  8. Aleix Espargaro, Aprila Racing Team Gresini + 1.224

  9. Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP + 1.367

  10. Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team + 1.401

  11. Maverick Viñales, Movistar Yamaha + 1.521

  12. Alvaro Bautista, Pull&Bear Aspar Team + 1.666

Moto2 results – Top 5:

  1. Franco Morbidelli, EG 0,0 Marc VDS – 1:32.159

  2. Alex Marquez, EG 0,0 Marc VDS + 0.253

  3. Sandro Cortese, Dynavolt Intact GP + 0.377

  4. Mattia Pasini, Italtrans Racing Team + 0.519

  5. Hector Garzo, Tech 3 Racing + 0.588

Moto3 results – Top 5:

  1. Aron Canet, Estrella Galicia 0,0 – 1:26.688

  2. Joan Mir, Leopard Racing + 0.245

  3. Nicolo Bulega, Sky Racing Team VR46 + 0.293

  4. Marcos Ramirez, Platinum Bay Real Estate + 0.498

  5. Tony Arbolino, SIC58 Squadra Corse + 0.540

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