By Bruce Allen
Occasionally in this world, team sports produce individual accomplishments that stay etched in people’s minds for years. We know that Marc Marquez qualified on pole at the Sachsenring for the seventh consecutive time. We know that he won at the Sachsenring for the seventh consecutive time. We know that in doing so he became, at age 23, the seventh winningest rider in MotoGP history. It is important, however, to acknowledge the work of his crew that made all of these sevens possible.
Qualifying Issues for Aliens
Previously at Assen, it was Dani Pedrosa‘s day in the barrel on Saturday, when he had to join the dregs in Q1 and failed to make it out, starting in 16th place and never making an impression in qualifying or the race itself. This Saturday it was defending triple world champion Jorge Lorenzo‘s turn. For the first time since the current qualifying format was adopted in 2013, Lorenzo had to go through Q1 to get to Q2, which he did, by just 5/100ths of a second ahead of Cal Crutchlow, despite crashing hard late in the session.
Barely 20 minutes later, in Q2, Lorenzo parted company with his bike again, smashing his #2 while the crew was still busy putting #1 back together. His scooter ride back to the garage was a sorry sight. For the second round in a row, he started from 11th place on the grid, the sole difference being that in Assen he had to contend with the rain, while here the …read more
Source:: MotoGP 2016 Sachsenring Results