MotoGP qualifying was underway today in Germany, as riders took to Sachsenring with good weather abounding. With the return of Valentino Rossi to the series, the MotoGP paddock is buzzing with excitement, but the good vibrations would be cut short as the qualifying session was red flagged part-way through.
Seemingly grenading one of his six precious motors, Jorge Lorenzo dumped oil onto the German track, but before officials could the halt the session, Ben Spies and Randy de Puniet experienced a better understanding to what a mu coefficient is, and ended up in the gravel trap. While Spies was un-hurt, de Puniet was seen grabbing his ankle after the crash. The French rider did not participate in the restarted qualifying session, and spent his time in Clinica Mobile.
The incident seemingly worked out well for Jorge Lorenzo, who took his fourth pole position in a row. While the factory bikes flooded the first five spots on the grid (Rossi qualified 5th), Héctor Barberá achieved his best premier class qualification to date with sixth place start. Randy de Puniet is expected to race Sunday, and will start 7th.
Results from Qualifying at Sachsenring for MotoGP’s German GP:
|Pos||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff||Diff. to Prev.|
|7||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||1’22.610||0.793||0.156|
|17||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||1’23.515||1.698||0.322|