Vietti storms from Q1 to pole as Garcia crashes

The Italian will start the German GP from pole position ahead of Dixon and Aldeguer after a sensational qualifying

Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) has taken a magical pole position at the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland after a fantastic lap from the Italian. The #13 battled through Q1 and will now start alongside Jake Dixon (CFMOTO Polarcube Aspar Team) on the front row, with the British rider a mere 0.047s slower. It was an intense session with Fermin Aldeguer (MB Conveyors SpeedUp) rounding off the front row and qualifying as the top Boscoscuro.

Vietti dominates proceedings in Q1 and Q2

Vietti set a strong lap late in Q1, which allowed the Italian to secure the top spot and go safely through to Q2. Joining the #13 in Q2 was Dennis Foggia (Italtrans Racing Team), Darryn Binder (Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP) and Senna Agius (Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP). Early on in Q2, it was Diogo Moreira, who led early on before Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) stole top honours.

Heading into the closing stages 0.005s separated the top three riders with Arbolino holding onto his provisional pole position. Vietti soon used his Q1 experience to go to the top of Q2 after a great lap in the final five minutes. Sergio Garcia (MT Helmets – MSI) suffered a late crash at Turn 1, bringing an early end to his qualifying – starting down in P12.

A close grid in qualifying

Meanwhile, heading the second row of the grid after an unbelievable qualifying was Senna Agius, who will line up in P4 for the Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP team. Manuel Gonzalez (QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2™) took fifth after finding time late in the session on his ninth lap of qualifying. Arbolino will go from sixth on the grid after the Italian could not improve on his previous time as the clock hit zero.

Ai Ogura will start from seventh and as the first MT Helmets – MSI rider on the grid, qualifying ahead of Diogo Moreira (Italtrans Racing Team). The #10 did not better his time from the start of the session as Marcos Ramirez (OnlyFans American Racing Team) starts from an impressive ninth and caps off a talent-packed third row of the grid.

Meanwhile, Joe Roberts (OnlyFans American Racing Team) took an extremely brave P11 on the grid after yet another superhero performance. Further back, Aron Canet (Fantic Racing) will start down in 14th ahead of Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) in 17th, with both riders facing a huge task ahead.

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Top 10:

1 Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:22.778
2 Jake Dixon (CFMOTO Polarcube Aspar Team)  +0.047
3 Fermin Aldeguer (MB Conveyors SpeedUp)  +0.127
4 Senna Aguis (Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP) +0.163
5 Manuel Gonzalez (QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2™)  +0.214
6 Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team)   +0.259
7 Ai Ogura (MT Helmets - MSI) +0.262
8 Diogo Moreira (Italtrans Racing Team) +0.264
9 Marcos Ramirez (OnlyFans American Racing Team) +0.305
10 Alonso Lopez (MB Conveyors SpeedUp)  +0.349