Sachsenring MotoGP: Quartararo edges Marquez in FP1

Fabio Quartararo topped the opening MotoGP session at the Sachsenring, narrowly beating Marc Marquez, who dominated most of FP1.

Sachsenring MotoGP: Quartararo edges Marquez in FP1

Marquez, unbeaten at the Sachsenring in various classes of grand prix racing since 2009, established a big lead five minutes into the session and better his laptime a few more times.

He ended his run with 1m21.464s, with only Alex Rins also able to break the 1m22s barrier with a 1m21.967s

The top two remained unchanged until the final two minutes of the session when Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Quartararo moved in front of Rins.

The Frenchman was then able to edge Marquez out by 0.074s as well, and topped FP1 with a 1m21.390s, before ending his session with an off-track excursion at Turn 8. Marquez was second, with Rossi beating Rins by 0.003s for third.

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Maverick Vinales was only the third Yamaha in fifth, over eight tenths off the pace, with Andrea Dovizioso leading Ducati's efforts in sixth.

Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller took seventh ahead of the Aprilia of Andrea Iannone and the injured LCR duo Takaaki Nakagami and Cal Crutchlow.

Pol Espargaro was the top KTM in 11th, just over one second off the pace.

Newly re-signed Ducati works rider Danilo Petrucci was 15th, while Stefan Bradl, Jorge Lorenzo's replacement at Repsol Honda, kicked off his home round in 17th.

Francesco Bagnaia was the only rider to crash, the Pramac rider falling at Turn 8.

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 22 1'21.390
2 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 24 1'21.464 0.074
3 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 24 1'21.964 0.574
4 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 25 1'21.967 0.577
5 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 24 1'22.251 0.861
6 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 18 1'22.282 0.892
7 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 23 1'22.365 0.975
8 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 22 1'22.397 1.007
9 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 20 1'22.415 1.025
10 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 20 1'22.439 1.049
11 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 20 1'22.458 1.068
12 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 22 1'22.487 1.097
13 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 27 1'22.512 1.122
14 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 20 1'22.543 1.153
15 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 22 1'22.566 1.176
16 France Johann Zarco
KTM 23 1'22.705 1.315
17 Germany Stefan Bradl
Honda 24 1'22.729 1.339
18 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 16 1'22.729 1.339
19 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 24 1'22.762 1.372
20 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 25 1'22.856 1.466
21 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 29 1'22.898 1.508
22 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 22 1'23.957 2.567
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