Quartararo narrowly beats Marquez in MotoGP Sachsenring practice

Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo topped the opening MotoGP session at the Sachsenring, narrowly beating championship leader Marc Marquez

Quartararo narrowly beats Marquez in MotoGP Sachsenring practice

Marquez, unbeaten at the Sachsenring in various classes of grand prix racing since 2009, established a big lead five minutes into the session and proceeded to better his lap on several tours.

The Honda rider eventually set his best effort of 1m21.464s, with only Suzuki's Alex Rins joining him below the 1m22s barrier with a 1m21.967s lap.

The top two remained unchanged until the final two minutes of the session when Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and Quartararo moved in front of Rins.

Quartararo was then able to edge Marquez out by 0.074s to top FP1 with a 1m21.390s lap, before ending his session with an off-track excursion at Turn 8.

Marquez was second, with Rossi beating Rins by 0.003s for third.


Maverick Vinales was the third Yamaha in fifth, over eight tenths off the pace, with Andrea Dovizioso leading Ducati's efforts in sixth.

Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller took seventh ahead of the Aprilia of Andrea Iannone and the injured LCR duo of Takaaki Nakagami and Cal Crutchlow.

Pol Espargaro was the top KTM rider in 11th and was just over one second off the pace.

Re-signed Ducati works rider Danilo Petrucci was 15th, while Stefan Bradl - Jorge Lorenzo's replacement at Repsol Honda - kicked off his home round in 17th.

Francesco Bagnaia was the only rider to crash after the Pramac rider fell at Turn 8.

Practice one result

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 1m21.390s 22
2 Marc Marquez Honda 0.074s 24
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.574s 24
4 Alex Rins Suzuki 0.577s 25
5 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 0.861s 24
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.892s 18
7 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 0.975s 23
8 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1.007s 22
9 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1.025s 20
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1.049s 20
11 Pol Espargaro KTM 1.068s 20
12 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati 1.097s 22
13 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 1.122s 27
14 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1.153s 20
15 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1.176s 22
16 Johann Zarco KTM 1.315s 23
17 Stefan Bradl Honda 1.339s 24
18 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 1.339s 16
19 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM 1.372s 24
20 Joan Mir Suzuki 1.466s 25
21 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1.508s 29
22 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM 2.567s 22
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