Marc VDS rider Alex Marquez recovered from having to go through Q1 to claim his first Moto2 pole position of 2019 from Luca Marini and Marcel Schrotter at the Sachsenring in Germany.
Through no fault of his own, a technical issue left Marquez needing to go through Q1 after failing to get into the top fourteen through free practice. Coming through second fastest, behind the lap record pace of Jorge Navarro.
Navarro would back that up with the fastest lap with the fastest man over the first flying laps, however the SpeedUp man lost the front end going into the final corner. He would recover his bike, but wasn’t able to make a serious challenge for pole.
Escaping the drama, Marquez posted his fastest lap-time, a 1:23.585. Despite the best efforts of both Marini and Schrotter, neither could match the time of the Spaniard and had to settle for second and third respectively.
Fabio Di Giannantonio was fourth fastest on his Speed Up machine, with Augusto Fernandez and Iker Lecuona joining the Italian on the second row.
Jorge Martin and his Red Bull KTM machine will lead off the third row from seventh place, ahead of Xavi Vierge and Remy Gardener. Lorenzo Baldassarri will start from tenth with Navarro and Luthi joining him. Sam Lowes came through Q1 and will start from thirteenth place.
It was a disastrous session for free practice fast man Brad Binder. The South African was on a hot lap when he wrecked his KTM, leaving him down in seventeenth position.