German GP: Zarco on pole, Espargaro takes Aprilia’s first front row

Johann Zarco will start the German GP from pole position despite a crash late on, whilst Aleix Espargaro gave Aprilia their first MotoGP front-row.

In Q1, Alex Rins and Pol Espargaro were the two riders that progressed into the Q2 session, Rins setting a 1m20.644s lap with Espargaro just 0.056s shy of that time.

The end of Q2 got quite messy, as riders were slowing on track waiting for a tow and holding up those on fast laps.

Zarco set a 1m20.236s lap which put him on top, then crashed on his next lap with just over a minute to go, bringing out the yellow flags.

Fabio Quartararo’s streak of pole positions comes to an end, but the Frenchman will start second on the grid tomorrow, with Espargaro having a sensational qualifying to put Aprilia on the front row.

Jack Miller will head up the second row of the grid tomorrow in fourth, with Marc Marquez and Miguel Oliveira joining the Australian in fifth and sixth.

Jorge Martin had a solid qualifying and will start tomorrow’s German GP from seventh, Pol Espargaro and Taka Nakagami join the Spaniard on the third row.

Pecco Bagnaia will hope to make progress from tenth on the grid tomorrow, Rins and Alex Marquez will start 11th and 12th.

Brad Binder will start tomorrow’s race from 13th, the South African just missed out on Q2 by 0.036s but will be on the fifth row tomorrow as well as Luca Marini and Enea Bastianini who start 14th and 15th.

Valentino Rossi will start from 16th on the grid, with Joan Mir 17th after a tough qualifying for the Spaniard.

Franco Morbidelli had a crash right at the end of Q1 at Turn 13, and will start from 18th on the grid tomorrow.

The two Tech3’s of Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona will start 19th and 20th, with the shock result of qualifying being Maverick Vinales, he will start 21st and second-last on the grid.

Lorenzo Savadori looked good early in Q1, but following a crash with just six minutes to go the Italian will start 22nd on the grid.