Marc Marquez has six MotoGP wins this season and has triumphed in the past two races from pole, but his record at this weekend's event is less impressive.

The Austrian Grand Prix has proven tricky for Marquez. He is yet to win at the Red Bull Ring and has been forced to settle for second-place in each of the past two years.

Ducati have fared well in Spielberg, although star rider Andrea Dovizioso has also been frustrated of late.

With the help of Opta we look at some of the best stats heading into the race.

 

3 - Three different Ducati riders have won the Austrian GP since its return to the championship after an 18-year absence (Andrea Ianonne in 2016, Dovizioso in 2017 and Jorge Lorenzo in 2018).

0 - The Red Bull Ring is the only circuit where Marquez has not won in the premier class.

1 - Dovizioso is the only rider to finish on the podium in each of the three races since the Austrian GP returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2016 (second in 2016, first in 2017, third in 2018).

110 - Ianonne's win in 2016 remains his only victory in the top category in 110 appearances.

8 - Eight of the 10 grands prix this season have been won by Spanish riders: Marquez (six), Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales.

9 - Dovizioso has failed to win any of his past nine races, his worst run since his first MotoGP victory for Ducati (Malaysia in 2016).

198 - Valentino Rossi is two top-three finishes away from becoming the first rider to record 200 podiums in the premier class.

10 - The Red Bull Ring has just 10 turns, the fewest of all circuits on this year's calendar.

Andrea Dovizioso has acknowledged Ducati are still struggling to adjust to Marc Marquez's style of racing in the 2019 MotoGP season.

Marquez cruised to a second successive victory at the Czech Grand Prix on Sunday, claiming his 50th premier class win to move 63 points clear of Dovizioso in the drivers standings.

Though Dovizioso kept pace with Marquez for 11 of the 20 laps at Automotodrom Brno, the defending champion pulled away from there, eventually finishing 2.4 seconds clear.

Dovizioso, whose second-place finish halted a three-race streak without a podium finish, was pleased with his performance in the opening half of the grand prix, but conceded there was little he could do once Marquez stepped up the pace.

"It was a strange race. At the start we were riding in a perfect way," Dovizioso said. "We did everything to the maximum.

"But half way through the race he pushed more in braking and I couldn't stay there. I'm happy to be back on the podium.

"I wanted to stay with him until the end but he's riding a bit different compared to last year. We're still struggling a bit with that."

Marquez led from the off on Sunday, though only because of a stunning performance in qualifying, when the 26-year-old somehow displaced Johann Zarco on provisional pole on his penultimate lap.

Repsol Honda's star rider said: "I'm very happy because it was a crazy weekend. The team was very precise and that helped me achieve this victory.

"The strategy was clear, push from the beginning to the end. I keep pushing, keep going. In the end, I started to drop, but [Dovizioso] dropped a bit before me."

Marc Marquez took another step towards successfully defending his MotoGP title as he cruised to a landmark victory at the Czech Grand Prix.

After a delayed start due to a wet track, Marquez led from pole-to-flag, though 2018 winner Andrea Dovizioso, his closest challenger for the championship, was on his tail until the Spaniard managed to pull clear at the halfway stage.

Having already dropped Alex Rins and Jack Miller, Marquez, who claimed pole in stunning fashion in qualifying, continued his relentless pace and, in the space of three laps, increased his lead to 2.2seconds.

The Repsol Honda driver, who has now finished on the podium in six of his past seven MotoGP events at Autodromo Brno, did not let up as he stormed to his 50th premier class victory, leaving him 63 points clear in the standings.

Dovizioso looked set to be caught by a resurgent Rins at one stage, though a mistake from the latter on lap 17 allowed the Italian to break clear as he halted a three-race run without a podium finish.

From looking on course to test Dovizioso for second, Rins found himself out of podium contention on the last lap - Miller fighting back to overtake on Turn 5 after a failed attempt on Turn 1.

There was disappointment for Joan Mir and Franco Morbidelli, meanwhile, as they crashed out on Turn 4 of the first lap, while Valentino Rossi - a five-time winner at Brno - finished sixth.

But the day belonged to Marquez, who picked up where he left off at Sachsenring prior to MotoGP's break to claim his sixth win of the season.

TOP 10

1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda)
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) +2.452secs
3. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) +3.497s
4. Alex Rins (Suzuki) +4.858 
5. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) +6.007s Maverick Vinales 
6. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) +9.083s
7. Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) +12.092s
8. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) +13.976s
9. Takaaki Nakagami (Repsol Honda) +15.724s
10. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) +16.558s

TITLE STANDINGS

Riders

1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) 210
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 147 (-63)
3. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 129 (-81)
4. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) 114 (-96)
5. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) 91 (-119)

Teams

1. Repsol Honda 216
2. Ducati 177 (-39)
3. Monster Energy Yamaha 163 (-53)
4. Suzuki Ecstar 131 (-85)
5. KTM 61 (-155)

Marc Marquez has "no respect for the other riders" in MotoGP, according to Alex Rins.

Reigning champion Marquez and fellow Spaniard Rins were involved in a heated battle during Q2 at the Czech Grand Prix on Saturday.

After the Repsol Honda rider ran wide at turn five, Jack Miller overtook him but Rins was unable to do so until a dive down the inside at turn seven that appeared to lead to contact between the pair.

Marquez broke late into the penultimate corner to regain track position before they entered the pits, where he slowed down and gave Rins a gentle push to ensure he had enough room to avoid a barrier.

Championship leader Marquez ended up taking pole position to equal Mick Doohan's record of 58 in the premier class, while Rins had to settle for sixth.

Recalling the terse exchanges, Rins said: "It's a tricky thing, because for sure he's now one step ahead of everybody. He put the slick tyre on and he was super fast. But I think he has no respect for the other riders. He is riding on his way.

"On turn five, he went a bit wide, and behind him was Miller and me. When we went wide, he looked behind and he saw Jack and me. Jack passed him, but he went [back] into the [racing] line. And sincerely, he disturbed me.

"I was pushing, I was not super fast, but I was pushing, so on the next left corner I tried to do my line, he opened a bit the door, I go in. I touched him, but I think it's his fault. If he is riding slow he needs to open the door and that's it, no?

"Then on the last corner he braked super hard to overtake me. Nothing more. Entering the box, what happened was I was in front of him and I go straight and he has no space to go by my side. If I was him, I [would be] cutting the gas, and it's [straight to the] boxes, no?"

Marquez was also involved in some intense racing alongside Maverick Vinales during FP1 on Friday, and Rins suggested it is part of the five-time champion's attempted mind games.

He said: "It can be [that Marquez was trying to intimidate Rins], yes, because it's not the first time. Everybody knows Marquez, and everybody knows he has an incredible talent.

"But also what happened in FP1 with Vinales was more or less the same. Marc loves to play this game and try and get in the head of his rivals. But in my case, I'm very calm."

Marc Marquez displayed incredible talent and courage as he defied the weather to equal Mick Doohan's record of 58 premier class pole positions by going fastest in qualifying at the Czech Grand Prix.

In changeable conditions at the Automotodrom Brno, reigning champion Marquez went out on slick tyres for his final laps and refused to back out as rain began to fall again.

The Spaniard somehow displaced Johann Zarco on provisional pole on his penultimate lap and then incredibly shaved another second and a half off his time to finish 2.524 seconds quicker than Jack Miller in second.

Miller also pressed on in the wet while on slicks but slid out on the last turn during his final lap. However, he had already done enough to qualify ahead of Zarco.

Earlier in the session Marquez became embroiled in an on-track battle with Alex Rins and he shoved the Suzuki Ecstar rider as they headed into the pit lane.

The five-time MotoGP champion retained his focus to gain the landmark pole, meaning he could make history at the Red Bull Ring next weekend.

Andrea Dovizioso split Zarco from his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team-mate Pol Espargaro, and Rins will join them on the second row. Valentino Rossi will start seventh, ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Maverick Vinales.

Fabio Quartararo was fastest in FP2 on Friday but could only secure 10th in Q2, with Cal Crutchlow and Franco Morbidelli rounding out the top 12.

 

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda): 2:02.753secs
2. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing): +2.524s
3. Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing): +2.598s
4. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati): +2.837s
5. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing): +2.957s
6. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar): +3.419s
7. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha): +3.480s
8. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati): +3.704s
9. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha): +3.873s
10. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha): +3.895s
11. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda): +4.370s
12. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha): +6.651s

Fabio Quartararo continued his fine pace over a single lap to pip Marc Marquez and sit top of the MotoGP timesheets after FP2 at the Czech Republic Grand Prix.

A late effort from Petronas Yamaha's rookie star, who has claimed pole in two of the last three races, saw him beat reigning world champion and standings leader Marquez by just 0.023seconds.

Friday's action in Brno took on an added importance with rain expected during Saturday's FP3, meaning these times are likely to prove crucial in determining the 10 riders who seal automatic progression to Q2.

The Ducati machines looked competitive with Jack Miller and Andrea Dovizioso setting identical times 0.269secs behind Quartararo, closely followed by in-form Maverick Vinales in fifth and Suzuki Ecstar's Alex Rins.

Valentino Rossi - who overcame a mechanical issue - and Danilo Petrucci are also in the top 10 as things stand, the latter narrowly edging Joan Mir into 11th, while Takaaki Nakagami crashed in FP2 and had to settle for 12th.

Dovizioso, who sits second in the riders' championship and won last year's race at this circuit, had topped FP1, with Marquez also coming second in that stint.

But every rider went faster in a competitive later session, with just 0.423s covering the top six and under a second between the 13 fastest riders on the track.

Repsol Honda star Marquez has won five of the nine races this season and added three second-place finishes, giving him a comfortable 58-point advantage over Dovizioso going into this event, the first since MotoGP's mid-season break.

Valentino Rossi may sit sixth in the MotoGP rider standings, but he is hopeful a return to a happy hunting ground will be the start of a 2019 resurgence.

Rossi's star has faded since his era of MotoGP domination, when he claimed seven titles in a nine-year spell from 2001 to 2009.

But the man affectionally known as 'The Doctor' is more than a threat on his day and started the campaign with podium finishes in two of the first three races.

Ahead of Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix, the Yamaha rider remains within striking distance of all of the chasing pack behind runaway leader Marc Marquez.

Rossi has history on his side, too, having won the Brno event on five occasions, more than any other current rider.

Here, we take a look at some of the other key numbers ahead of the race, courtesy of Opta, as 2019 resumes following a mid-season break.

- No rider has won back-to-back events at the Czech Republic Grand Prix since Rossi achieved the feat in 2008 and 2009.

- Marquez has finished on the podium in five of his past six MotoGP events at Brno.

58 - Marquez is well clear of his nearest rival, Andrea Dovizioso, on the rider standings.

- Marquez's speed is shown by the fact he has the fastest lap at six of the nine MotoGP events this year.

- Dovizioso has failed to finish on the podium in his last three MotoGP appearances, his worst run since May 2018.

- Alex Rins has abandoned the race in his last two MotoGP events. He has never abandoned three in a row in the top category.

9 - Danilo Petrucci has finished in the top 10 in his last nine races, the best run in his MotoGP career.

Jorge Lorenzo is targeting the British Grand Prix at the end of August for his MotoGP return after suffering a fractured backbone.

The Repsol Honda has missed the past two races after a crash in practice at the Dutch TT in late June, the latest in a series of incidents involving the Spaniard.

Lorenzo wiped out a number of contenders in a collision at the Catalunya Grand Prix, then came off his bike in a post-race test in Barcelona.

And after being kept out of action by his most recent mishap Lorenzo is going to miss the Czech and Austrian events before attempting a comeback at Silverstone.

A statement from the Honda team read: "Jorge Lorenzo has elected to continue focusing on his recovery and will return for the British GP on August 25.

 

"Jorge Lorenzo and the Repsol Honda Team have agreed it is best for Lorenzo to miss both the Czech and Austrian rounds to continue his recovery and avoid any further risk of injury.

"Having spent the summer break working on his recovery, Lorenzo's condition has improved but he is still in some pain and his movement on a bike remains restricted. Silverstone has been set as his new objective for returning to riding for the Repsol Honda Team."

Stefan Bradl will continue to deputise for Lorenzo, who is 16th in the standings.

Marc Marquez expects Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo to be the fastest riders in the second half of the MotoGP season and insists his Repsol Honda team can still improve after he continued his Sachsenring dominance.

The Spaniard made it 10 wins from his past 10 visits to the German track, including seven in a row in MotoGP.

It was a flawless weekend for Marquez, who owns a 58-point lead over Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso after the Italian could only place fifth having started 13th on the grid.

Vinales followed up a win in Assen last time out with second in the German Grand Prix, while Cal Crutchlow completed the podium despite riding with a fractured tibia.

Marquez may be in a commanding position ahead of a break in the season, but he warned there is plenty of work to do when the racing resumes in the Czech Republic at the start of August.

"We have two races between me and Dovi, of course Ducati will come back and will be very fast," he said. 

"But at the moment the riders to beat are the two Yamahas, Vinales and [Fabio] Quartararo. I think they will be the fastest in the second part of the championship. 

"Anyway, we need to keep pushing, keep working, focus on our pace, and it is what I did – forget the others it doesn't matter who is behind, who crashes, who made the mistake."

Crutchlow sustained his injury after falling from his bike and banging his knee against the ground on Wednesday.

But he gave Vinales a torrid outing and only an error at Turn 9 on the penultimate lap ended his challenge.

"Maybe I'll get injured before every race," Crutchlow joked. "On Wednesday I had a strange injury and hurt my knee, but honestly speaking my physical condition over the weekend was fine. 

"I didn't complain about it, got on with my job, and as I said Thursday I wasn't going to use it as an excuse to go slower this weekend. 

"When the chips are down and I have to pull out a result I feel I can pull out a result."

Vinales added about his good form: "I'm going to enjoy this moment, it's always difficult. 

"It was a difficult first part of season but it seems to work well these last two races. We need to keep working hard like this."

Marc Marquez continued his sensational record at the Sachsenring with a dominant pole-to-flag victory in Sunday's German Grand Prix. 

The Spaniard racked up a 10th consecutive victory at the circuit – seven of those now coming in MotoGP – as he stretched his lead at the top of the world championship standings.

Marquez, who a day earlier had also made it 10 pole positions in a row, was never troubled by the chasing pack and set a lap record en route to maximum points.

It means the Repsol Honda rider, who celebrated with the crowd at the end of the race, now has a 58-point lead over Andrea Dovizioso at the top of the riders' standings as he continues a relentless march towards a sixth MotoGP world title.

Dovizioso endured a nightmare qualifying session and started 13th on the grid, but the Ducati man worked his way through the pack to record a fifth-place finish.

The Italian was involved in a fierce battle for fourth with Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller but was crucially undercut by the former at Turn 1 on the final lap and was unable to strike back.

Alex Rins suffered disappointment after crashing out at Turn 11 with 11 laps to go having made a couple of neat passes to work his way up to second – the Spaniard sliding into the gravel.

Maverick Vinales – a winner last time out at Assen – consequently claimed second after holding off the close attentions of Cal Crutchlow, who completed the podium but will rue going wide at Turn 9 on the penultimate lap. 

Exciting rookie Fabio Quartararo would have had designs on a top-three finish after qualifying second, but the Frenchman locked up at Turn 3 as early as the second lap and spun out for a premature end to his afternoon.

 

TOP 10

1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda)
2. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) +4.587secs
3. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) +7.741s
4. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) +16.577s
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) +16.669s
6. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) +16.836s
7. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) +17.156s
8. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) +19.110s
9. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) +20.634s
10. Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda) +22.708s

TITLE STANDINGS

Riders

1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) 185
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 127 (-58)
3. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 121 (-64)
4. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) 101 (-84)
5. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) 85 (-100)

Teams

1. Ducati 248
2. Repsol Honda 210 (-38)
3. Monster Energy Yamaha 165 (-83)
4. Suzuki Ecstar 140 (-108)
5. Petronas Yamaha 119 (-129)

Marc Marquez would be willing to sacrifice his astonishing winning run at the Sachsenring if it allows him to extend his lead in the MotoGP world championship.

The five-time world champion is on pole position for Sunday's German Grand Prix, the 10th consecutive year he has achieved that feat across all classes.

He has won at the track for nine straight years, six of those race victories coming in the premier class, but the Spaniard would not hesitate to settle for ending the streak if it meant taking a safe podium finish rather than risking everything for victory.

The consistency of Repsol Honda's Marquez, who has finished in the top two in eight out of nine races in 2019, means he leads the riders' standings by 44 points.

And he is determined to take advantage of the fact his main title rivals, Ducati pair Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso, start down in 12th and 13th positions respectively at a circuit that does not suit the Italian team.

"I'm not thinking about the 10th consecutive victory, I'm thinking about the championship," said Marquez.

"We will see on Sunday, but if for some reason the tyres drop, for some reason the grip of the track is not the best, if I don't find the feeling, it's better to take points.

"It's better to be there at the top of the championship then win here again at the Sachsenring."

Impressive rookie Fabio Quartararo and the winner of the Dutch TT, Maverick Vinales, join Marquez on the front row but neither of the Yamaha riders are a threat in the title race.

Suzuki Ecstar's Alex Rins is fourth on the grid, the same position he holds in the overall standings.

Marquez added: "It's true that both Yamaha riders are in very good form, they are riding really good. Also Rins is there with a good pace.

"The good thing for me is that the closest guys in the championship, that are the two Ducati riders, they are struggling a little bit, especially Dovi – so this is important, and this is good for me."

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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