Having a favourite track is one thing, but the record of Marc Marquez at the Sachsenring is just ridiculous.

The Spaniard will start Sunday's German Grand Prix from pole position – the 10th straight year across all classes he has achieved that feat – as he looks to continue his supreme run at the circuit.

He came into the weekend with nine race victories on the bounce in Germany, six of those in MotoGP, and anyone seeking to stop the five-time world champion claiming a 10th consecutive triumph faces a formidable task.

Indeed, the last rider besides Marquez to record a MotoGP win at the Sachsenring, Dani Pedrosa in 2012, is now retired.

Another boost to 'King of the Ring' Marquez, who leads the riders' standings by an impressive 44 points, is that his two closest challengers in the championship endured a miserable qualifying session.

Ducati duo Danilo Petrucci – who was furious after claiming to be blocked by Joan Mir before crashing – and Andrea Dovizioso start 12th and 13th respectively, the latter failing to make it out of Q1.

The chief competition to Marquez will come from Yamaha, with Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales joining him on the front row, while Suzuki Ecstar's Alex Rins is fourth on the grid.

Quartararo is seeking a third podium spot in succession, while Vinales – on a high after his win at the Dutch TT – has been near the top of the timesheets throughout practice and qualifying.

Rins, one of the four riders to have won a race this year, is aiming to bounce back after crashing out from the lead in Assen last time out in a dent to his title hopes.

"I am riding very well and since FP1 I have felt good here," said Marquez. "Even in qualifying we were able to try some different things with the tyres and the bike to keep understanding more. 

"We have everything in place for Sunday but the Yamaha riders, Vinales and Quartararo, are very fast so we will have to keep an eye on them.

"The pole was possible but we will have to see if the win is possible."


INJURIES ALL OVER THE GRID

There are injuries all over the grid ahead of what seems to be a much-needed mid-season break.

Quartararo, who is still recovering from arm pump surgery last month, suffered a partial dislocation of his shoulder in FP3, but battled on to impress in qualifying once again.

Both LCR Honda riders are struggling, Cal Crutchlow – who starts sixth – is riding with a torn ACL and fractured tibia, while Takaaki Nakagami sustained ankle ligament damage in Netherlands and needs crutches to move around the garage when he dismounts the bike.

Petrucci had to be checked over at the medical centre after a crash at turn nine at a circuit not well suited to Ducati machines.

"Unfortunately, I crashed in one of the fastest parts of the track," he said. "I lost the front as soon as I closed the throttle and in the crash I hurt both my left wrist and right hand. 

"Luckily, I don't have any fractures but I have a big bruise and at the moment I feel quite a bit of pain, especially in the tendons of my right hand. I hope to feel better Sunday morning."

A back injury means Jorge Lorenzo is already missing the race, his two fractured vertebrae having also kept him out the race in Assen, with Stefan Bradl – who qualified 14th – stepping in to ride the second Repsol Honda this weekend.
 

VINALES OPTIMISTIC WITH TYRES KEY

"I'm really happy because we achieved the objective," said Vinales, whose factory Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi qualified 11th. 

"It's true that we could have done better, but we are improving the bike quite a lot. I didn't expect to be that close in qualifying, because the gap was bigger in FP3. 

"I feel great on the bike, especially my rhythm is good. We are going to try our best to go for the win. Managing tyre degradation will be crucial, so we're going to try to make that work for us. I don't know which tyre I will use yet, because the weather will be very different."

Jack Miller, who qualified an impressive fifth as the fastest Ducati, also suggested the majority of riders were unsure what tyres to use.

The Australian said: "It is just trying to decide the tyre for the race is more about deciding which is going to last the longest, not the lap times, but which is going to be most consistent. 

"I'm no closer to deciding my race tyre than I was on Thursday afternoon. We'll do the analysis and understand which one is going to work the best."

THE GRID

1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda)
2. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha)
3. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) 
4. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) 
5. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) 
6. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda)
7. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha)
8. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) 
9. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar)
10. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda)
11. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) 
12. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2018: Marc Marquez
2017: Marc Marquez
2016: Marc Marquez 
2015: Marc Marquez

TITLE STANDINGS

Riders

1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) 160
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 116 (-44)
3. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 108 (-52)
4. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) 101 (-59)
5. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) 72 (-88)

Teams

1. Ducati 224
2. Repsol Honda 179 (-45)
3. Monster Energy Yamaha 137 (-87)
4. Suzuki Ecstar 131 (-93)
5. Petronas Yamaha 112 (-112)

WEATHER FORECAST

Conditions should be cooler on Sunday than they were on Saturday, with some cloud cover and occasional winds, but rain is not expected to be a factor.

Marc Marquez claimed his 10th successive pole position at the Sachsenring, where MotoGP title rival Andrea Dovizioso will start the German Grand Prix from the fifth row.

Reigning champion Marquez clocked a time of one minute, 20.195 seconds to start from the front of the grid for the 57th time in the premier class – one adrift of Mick Doohan's all-time record.

He will be joined on the first row by Fabio Quartararo, who showed incredibly courage to ride on after a partial shoulder dislocation in FP3, and Dutch TT winner Maverick Vinales.

Alex Rins was fourth, with Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow making up the rest of the second row.

Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi had to go through Q1 and the former was consigned to starting 13th by a stunning final lap from Takaaki Nakagami at the end of the session.

Nakagami sustained ankle ligament damage in the Netherlands and took part at Sachsenring despite requiring crutches to move around in the garage.

Rossi will start one place behind the Japanese in 11th, while Dovizioso's Ducati team-mate Danilo Petrucci could only manage 12th.

Petrucci lost his temper with perceived blocking by Joan Mir in Q2 and appeared to attempt to strike the Suzuki Ecstar rider after pulling alongside him following turn 12.

The Italian could face a penalty for his actions and was taken to the medical centre for a check-up following a crash.

With Jorge Lorenzo sitting out due to a back injury sustained at the Dutch TT, Stefan Bradl guided Repsol Honda's second bike to 14th.

 

Provisional classification

1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda)
2. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) +0.205secs
3. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) +0.211s
4. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) +0.336s
5. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) +0.495s
6. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) +0.662s
7. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) +0.769s
8. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) +0.828s
9. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) +0.866s
10. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) +0.909s
11. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) +0.942s
12. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) +1.291s

Marc Marquez continued his love affair with the Sachsenring by setting the pace in practice at the German Grand Prix on Friday.

The MotoGP world champion has nine consecutive wins across all classes at the Sachsenring and will be the man to beat again this weekend.

Fabio Quartararo was quickest in FP1, narrowly ahead of Marquez, with no one else getting within half a second of the top two.

Spaniard Marquez hit back to top the timesheets in the second session, the Repsol Honda rider hitting an astonishing 66-degree angle at turn three as he laid down a marker to his rivals.

Marquez was fastest with a lap of one minute, 20.705 seconds, putting him over three tenths clear of second-placed Alex Rins and Quartararo.

Maverick Vinales, the winner in Assen last weekend, was fourth quickest - almost half a second slower than Marquez.

Andrea Dovizioso, 44 points adrift of championship leader Marquez, dropped from sixth in FP1 to ninth by the end of the second session, one place behind his Ducati team-mate Danilo Petrucci.

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