With the qualifying sessions split by MotoGP, Moto3 and Moto2 enjoyed very different climates to qualify in after both classes saw the new best lap times set by the riders who would go on to take pole made earlier in the FP3 sessions.
Moto3 got the rain, with a shower halting any major progress in the final minutes and leaving Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Jack Miller clear on pole.
It is the championship leaders fifth pole of the season and the Australian teenager also makes it back-to-back poles after also securing the top spot at the last round in Assen.
Also benefiting from having been fast before the showers was Alexis Masbou, the Ongetta-Rivacold riders lap was also not to be beaten as the rain beat down and was 0.109 behind Miller’s best of 1m26.997.
The final spot on the front row went to Assen winner Alex Marquez for Estrella Galicia 0,0.
Karel Hanika set a new best qualifying with his fourth place for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team just ahead of his Husqvarna labelled team-mate Danny Kent, who’s dash as he noticed the weather change lead to a well timed fifth.
Sixth on the grid is filled by Ambrogio’s Brad Binder, the highest qualifying Mahindra rider.
Alex Rins sits in seventh for Estrella Galicia, eighth is Eric Granando, equalling his best ever grid position, while the top ten is completed by Aspar’s Juanfran Guevara and Go&Fun rider Enea Bastianini.
Philipp Oettl was the best placed home rider in 11th for Interwetten. The big losers in the weather change were the feverish Isaac Vinales in 16th, Miguel Oliveira;3rd in Assen; in 19th and the Saxoprint-RTG riders at their home round – Efren Vazquez and John Mcphee start 17th and 28th respectively despite a desperate effort to improve in the wet, especially by the Oban born rider.
Romano Fenati’s qualifying disasters continued. He stood no chance of improving as his engine had needed changing after an FP3 failure and his electronics and forks were still being adjusted when the rain came, leaving the Sky Racing VR46 rider off the pace in 25th.
Moto2 saw the sun return and the most competitive qualifying the class has seen in a while.
Leading the way was Dominique Aegerter with his first pole position at his 77th attempt, matching his racing number.
Determined and on the limit throughout the Technomag carXpert rider edged past Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio in the closing minutes to take pole by just 0.124s in a close session where the top 22 riders were all within a second of his best time of 1m 24.761.
Kallio also rode to the edge of his bikes capabilities but it was not enough to power past the Suter again, giving them their first pole of the season with the Kalex Marc VDS bikes taking the rest of the front row up as Tito Rabat Joins Mika Kallio up front in third spot.
The second row saw the experienced Jordi Torres, the 2013 Sachsenring winner, and Simone Corsi shine at the tricky track in fourth and sixth respectively.
Between them was the only rookie to make an impact at the Sachsenring – Franco Morbidelli. The Italtrans rider had his best qualifying to date as his fellow newcomers struggled.
Row three is filled by Caterham’s Johann Zarco in seventh, Interwetten rider Tom Luthi in eighth and Tasca Racing rider Alex De Angelis in ninth. Randy Krummenacher completes the top ten fastest qualifiers.
The best placed German rider was Tech 3’s Marcel Schrotter in 14th, ahead of his fellow countrymen Jonas Folger in 20th for AGR and Sandro Cortese in 21st for Dynavolt Intact GP.
The Paginas Amarillas HP 40 pair of Maverick Vinales and Luis Salom also found the going tough in 13thand 24th, with Vinales climbing the order late after a dash in the rain.
Sam Lowes struggled for grip and starts 26th for Speed Up, one place ahead of fellow Brit Gino Rea in 27th.
Assen winner Ant West starts 25th, only two places lower than he qualified there. His female wild-card team mate at QMMF,Nina Prinz, is 35th and last on the grid.