Following the break after Assen, MotoGP returns this weekend at the Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix.
The changeable conditions in Assen brought three new winners and with rain predicted for race day again qualifying position could prove crucial. Here’s how the sessions panned out in Moto2 and Moto3 – complete with injury updates.
Enea Bastianini rose to the top in Moto3 qualifying for the GermanGP after a lengthy delay to qualifying from oil on track.
The Gresini charge leapt to the top of the timesheets right at the end of the session to take pole by a fair margin, pushing out long-term leader Andrea Locatelli.
The Leopard rider still secured a best ever qualifying result. Rookie Aron Canet took the final front row spot for Estrella Galicia.
Fellow rookie Bo Bendsneyder also did well in the late scramble for positions, his fourth also a career best.
Jorge Navarro returned after missing Assen with a broken leg to move confidently into fifth for Estrella Galicia, championship leader Brad Binder competes row two in sixth for Red Bull KTM Ajo.
Jules Danilo, who was the hero of the moment – reporting the oil spillage that caused the session to be red-flagged to race direction- and came back to secure a strong seventh as the last man to take the flag.
His late run pushed John McPhee down to eighth, but it was nice to see the British star in better spirits with a new gearbox and better performance.
Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) and early faller Jorge Martin (Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra) also both made the top ten.
Elsewhere Danny Webb had the first crash which laid the oil down on the track and claimed so many scalps before being cleaned up under the red flag. By then Romano Fenati, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Nico Antonelli all fell in the same place.
Antonelli came out of it worst, walking away – but with a broken collarbone. Danny Webb needed stitches in his shoulder and Maria Herrera also fractured her wrist in a separate crash on the restart.
The Sky Racing VR46 team were particularly affected by crashes. Fenati fell again (17th), Buelga never found the form he showed before his Friday fall (21st) and Migno took a late tumble (30th).
There are two local wild-cards to watch out for in tomorrows race to with Max Kappler returning and Tim Georgi getting a first world championship shot.
Taka Nakagami had performed well over practice and look buoyed by his Assen race win as he again looked to be in aggressive race winning form with a late fat lap securing pole for the German Moto2 Grand Prix.
The Japanese Idemitsu rider pushed back current world champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) and his main rival and joint leader this season Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40)into second and third.
Simone Corsi placed his Speed up fourth and is joined on row two by Alex Marquez in fifth, looking more assured after signing a new Marc VDS contract, and Sandro Cortese, the Dynavolt man best of the German riders at their home round.
Lorenzo Baldassarri put in the seventh best time for Forward, Franco Morbidelli eighth on the second EG 0,0 Marc VDS bike, Marcel Schrotter ninth at home for AGR Team and Sam Lowes completed the top ten for Gresini, despite looking awkward on his bike and being the only crasher.
Unlike the other classes Moto2 was not filled with falls , but it did still have a big casualty – Danny Kent took no part as he pulled out with broken ribs, caused earlier in the week karting, but aggravated by a highside.
For the full Moto3 result click here.
For the full Moto2 result click here.