Jorge Lorenzo will start tomorrow’s German GP at the Sachsenring from the second row of the grid. The Ducati Team’s rider from Mallorca was sixth quickest in the Q2 session, which was held in the pouring rain, with a time of 1’28.383. In this morning’s FP3 in cloudy but dry conditions, Lorenzo was seventh quickest and as a result went through directly into the afternoon’s second qualifying session.
It will be a fourth row start on the other hand for Andrea Dovizioso, who after going eighth fastest in FP3, had to settle for tenth in the qualifying timesheets with a best lap of 1’28.703.
The 30-lap German GP, round 9 of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship, gets underway tomorrow afternoon at 14.00 CET.
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – 1’28.383 (6th)
“Today was a positive day because this morning we found something in the set-up that allowed me to go quicker, and I also got a better idea of how to ride the bike in these conditions, as well as getting into the top ten. In Q2, on a wet track, I was able to ride quite smoothly and I got up to sixth place and row 2, which is not bad. If we make a balance of these two days, I have to say that I’m happy, because we have continued to improve, both in the dry and the wet. Tomorrow we’ll see what the weather conditions are like for the race, but in any case tyre choice will be crucial, as well as being able to manage tyre wear for the most number of laps.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1’28.703 (10th)
“I’m not satisfied with my qualifying at all and starting from tenth place at the Sachsenring is not ideal to say the least. Strange to say, but we weren’t able to manage the situation in the best possible way; today was completely the opposite of yesterday, when we did 25 laps in the wet without any drop in tyre performance, but it was just a question of feeling at the front. Instead after four laps in Q2 we finished the rear tyre and when I decided to push I didn’t have any grip and was unable to do a good time. Pity, but Rossi and Viñales are also close to me on the grid and so I hope we’ll be able to recover positions in the race.”
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