Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo will commence the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland from P2 on the grid. Franco Morbidelli aims to make up places during tomorrow’s 30-lap race, starting from P20.
Chemnitz (Germany), 18th June 2022
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo secured second place on the grid for tomorrow’s Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. It will be his fourth front-row start of the 2022 MotoGP season. Franco Morbidelli ended a challenging qualifying day taking 20th place in the timesheets.

Quartararo was not feeling 100% fit today but was determined not to let that stop him. Though he had a difficult start to Q2, with his first flying lap being cancelled due to exceeding track limits, his next attempt at the end of his first run lifted him into sixth spot.

With a little less than five minutes remaining, El Diablo started his second run. He had to find 0.2s to secure a place on the front row like he wanted. The current World Champion was up for the task. He briefly moved up from seventh to provisional second place on his next hot lap before settling into third. Another improvement, a 1’20.007, saw him reclaim the second spot once more. Not able to improve on his final try, he ended the session in second place, 0.076s off pole.

Morbidelli bounced back from a difficult FP3 session by securing fifth place in FP4, showing that his race pace was up there. However, he still had to take part in Q1. His benchmark lap moved him up to third place. He improved on his second try, but with the pace heating up, he found himself in seventh place as he headed back to the garage for some fresh tyres.

With four and a half minutes still on the clock, the Italian tried hard to get into the top two. He was flashing orange sectors and pushed on to set a 1’21.020s set on lap 7/8. But it was not enough to move him up the ranks. He ended the session in 10th place, 0.713s of the fastest time of the session. He will start tomorrow’s race from P20 on the grid.
Massimo Meregalli

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

We are really impressed with Fabio again today. This is not an easy track for us in general. On top of that, he has not been feeling 100% fit this weekend, but he still produced a really low 1’20s-lap and a front-row start, which is what we aimed for, especially at the Sachsenring. For Franky it’s a shame that he can’t exploit the soft tyre, while riding on the hard, his pace is not that far off the top guys. Unfortunately, we are dealing with this issue for some races now. He will have another tough race ahead of him. We will use Warm Up to do some last fine-tuning, and we will also use that time to make our final tyre decision.
Fabio Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

I haven’t been feeling that well since Thursday, to be honest. I hope to feel better tomorrow. The race will be okay. Our rivals look fast, but I feel ready to fight with them. I think we are able to have a great pace, not just on one lap. I’m super happy to qualify on the front row today, and I’m also happy with my race pace. I still don’t know which race tyres to use. I did my fastest lap on a hard tyre, but I feel a bit strange with them. I was faster though. On the medium I also feel good. So, let’s see how things are going after Warm Up. Then we’ll make a decision.
Franco Morbidelli

Franco Morbidelli

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

With race tyres I’m in one place and with soft tyres I’m in another place. I’m still struggling with that. With race tyres, it looks like the pace is really acceptable, but the with the soft tyres I struggle so much. My riding style, my setting, is not helping me when I go out on new soft tyres. This is a pity, because in this category you need to start from somewhere at the front to be able to show your pace. At the moment our pace and rhythm with race tyres is really good, but we can’t use that to the fullest because with soft tyres we are struggling pretty badly. We need to sort out a way to get the right feeling also with soft tyres. The team is working on this a lot.