Punctually, like a Swiss train, Marc Marquez (1’20.215) breaks a record in qualifying-shows. To put it bluntly, the stratospheric standard of Honda is an extraordinary mix: a masterful lap of absolute perfection to Giotto welded to the deadly power of an uppercut to Mike Tyson. To stun everyone. To be applauded. For Marc, tenth consecutive pole at Sachsenring, including those in 125 and Moto2! Nobody ever, here in the treacherous German toboggan, went faster than Marquez! Hat down.
What’s left for the others? The honor of being beaten by an alien, so the merit that who is second must be considered first of the earthlings, the third second and so on. Let’s not joke. Here, today, there is no lack of news. There’s confirmation of the Yamaha, nothing but cooked! Two in the front row: a great second time with Quartararo (1’20.400) despite the painful shoulder for the slap of his M1 suffered in the morning in the FP3 and a great third time with Vinales (1’20. 406), slower then, 6 (six!) thousandths! At the same time there is the confirmation of a Rossi in distress, slipped to the ground in Q1 at turn one, then still entered in Q2, but in the end out of the top ten (1’21.137), almost a second from the top (+0.942), more than seven tenths from the duo Quartararo-Vinales on M1, even far from Morbidelli, seventh (1’20.964). Only in the two-year period on the Ducati Rossi did it get worse. But here we are at the limit.
Again? Yes, it’s not over. There’s fog, or rather fog, Ducati. Dovizioso – 13th time fifth row – burned in Q1 by the claudicant Nakagami (problems with the ligaments of the left ankle) who came in tenth (1’21.104) and Petrucci 12th (1’21.486), last of the fourth row, after a great fall of just under 200 km/h. at the end of Q2 at turn nine with a bad blow to the right hand. The Rossa was saved, so to speak, by the great fifth place of Miller (1’20.690) which is all a program. Finished? Not yet. The fourth best time of Rins (1’20.531), the sixth of Crutchlow (1’20.857), the seventh of P. Espargaro with the Ktm (1’21.023) followed by Mir (1’21.061). They say it will rain tonight. For many it is as if a cyclone has already passed. Tomorrow we will see.