Bagnaia is ahead of the French

Dominating since the beginning of the weekend, Francesco Bagnaia did not let slip the pole position of the German Grand Prix. The Ducati rider will be accompanied by Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco on the front row.

He was the big favourite, Francesco Bagnaia did not disappoint. After improving his own lap record on the Sachsenring this Saturday morning on the occasion of the third free practice session, the Ducati rider held his rank in the quarter of an hour devoted to the fight for pole position in the Grand Germany prices. Riding a Desmosedici GP22 as efficient as ever on the turnstile in Saxony, “Pecco” very quickly took control before improving his reference time by small touches. The only driver under 1’20” per lap with a best mark of 1’19”931 on a track with less optimal grip due to the intense heat in Germany, Francesco Bagnaia went to get his third pole position of the season, seventh for Ducati in 2022. However, the competition came very close to the Italian’s time, with the French at the forefront.

Quartararo ready to challenge Bagnaia, Zarco also in the game

Failing at 76 thousandths of a second in his last attempt, Fabio Quartararo will start again from the front row for a duel which promises to be tasty with Francesco Bagnaia this Sunday in the race, the two drivers having shown a very good pace during the fourth free practice session. This end of the qualifying session also saw Johann Zarco get involved in the fight for pole position. A second time, the Pramac driver finally saw “El Diablo” take the advantage to be the dolphin of “Pecco” on the starting grid. The Cannois concedes 99 thousandths of a second in the best time but will start well from the front row in Germany for the second consecutive year, he who had dominated the master of the place Marc Marquez in the exercise of the fast lap last year. Runner-up to Fabio Quartararo in the championship, Aleix Espargaro was unable to fully exploit the potential of his Aprilia and settled for fourth fastest ahead of the surprise Fabio di Giannantonio. The poleman at Mugello, from Q1, rose to fifth place ahead of Jack Miller.

Rins will ultimately not be at the start

On form at the start of the weekend, Luca Marini will take his place in the third row alongside Jorge Martin and Maverick Viñales. First Honda driver on the starting grid, Takaaki Nakagami could not do better than 10th, six tenths of a second behind Francesco Bagnaia with Marco Bezzecchi, the second driver to escape the repechage, and Joan Mir who completed the third row. The Suzuki driver will be the only one to defend the colors of the Japanese manufacturer this Sunday in the race. Faced with pain in the right wrist, affected in Catalonia during the fall caused at the start by Takaaki Nakagami, which was too great over the distance of a race, Alex Rins preferred to give up the rest of the German weekend in order to continue treatment and be ready for the Dutch Grand Prix in a week. A qualifying session whose start was postponed by more than half an hour due to a general power cut in the pits, which disrupted the smooth running of the teams but also of the timing systems.


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