MotoGP™ Sunday Guide: Sachsenring - Valentino Rossi

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

MotoGP™ Sunday Guide: Sachsenring
















The time is now, so here's a few things to know before we head out on track:
- Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) starts from pole for the eighth successive year at the Sachsenring, including for five successive years in the MotoGP™ class. He is aiming for his eighth successive win at the Sachsenring.

- Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) is in second place on the grid, which is his best ever MotoGP™ qualifying result and his third successive front row start - having not been on the front row in his previous 88 MotoGP™ appearances.
- Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) starts from third place on the grid at a circuit where he has scored six grand prix wins, including four in the MotoGP™ class - the last of which was in 2012.
- Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), the second place finisher last year in Germany, heads the second row of the grid.

- The highest placed Yamaha rider in qualifying is Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in fifth place on the grid - his best qualifying result so far in his rookie season in the MotoGP™ class. Folger will be aiming to improve on the best result by a German rider in the MotoGP™ class at his home race, which is 4th by Stefan Bradl in 2013.
- Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) starts from the final place on the second row at one of the four circuits on the current schedule where he has not won a race in any class.
- Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) heads the third row – the best qualifying result by KTM in their first year in the MotoGP™ class.
- Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) starts from the middle of the third row on an Aprilia, making it five different manufacturers in the top eight places on the grid.
- Dutch TT winner one week ago Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) starts from 9th place on the grid. Rossi has won in MotoGP™ at the Sachsenring on four occasions, including in 2006 from 11th on the grid. Rossi is aiming to become the oldest rider since Les Graham in 1952 to win back-to-back premier class Grand Prix races.

- Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has qualified at the head of the fourth row of the grid.
- Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) starts from 11th place on the grid for the second successive race.

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