Fabio Quartararo – 10
(Qualified 2nd, finished 1st)
After starting the weekend overtaking Ducati and Aprilia, as was the case in Catalunya, Quartararo proved once again why he is the best rider in the world. After finishing the job at Bagnaia en route to the first corner, Quartararo forced the Italian into a mistake by setting a pace no other rider could match. And while there was pressure from Zarco threatening to close the gap, the 22-year-old responded each time to take a second straight win, his third of the season.
Johann Zarco – 9
(Qualified 3rd, finished 2nd)
Zarco, the second best Ducati rider in the championship en route to today’s German MotoGP, has taken the helm as the lead Bologna bullet after another great ride. Although he failed to match Quartararo, Zarco continues to show impressive consistency like many other Ducati riders after struggling to demonstrate. Without any threat from behind, Zarco took a comfortable P2, his joint best result of the season.
Jack Miller – 10
(Qualified 6th, finished 3rd)
Despite holding on to sixth place in qualifying, Jack Miller was hit with a long lap time penalty before German MotoGP got underway due to a crash under yellow flag conditions in FP4. Still, Miller’s relentless pace was enough to not only drag himself into the podium fight late, but instead claim a well-deserved third-place finish.
Aleix Espargaro – 8
(Qualified 4th, finished 4th)
Another solid weekend, Espargaro showed consistency throughout the race as he proved both fast and nearly impossible to overtake. With Miller failing to move forward based on his own overtaking attempts, it looked like just a mistake would cost Espargaro a podium, which is exactly what happened with three laps to go. Espargaro went wide in the first corner which allowed Miller to fly past the Aprilia.
Luca Marini – 10
(Qualified 7th, finished 5th)
Possibly the best performance of his career in MotoGP, Marini showed a stunning race pace towards the end that was even faster than Quartararo. After coming through Fabio Di Giannantonio, Jorge Martin and Miguel Oliveira, Marini clearly broke his way to quickly catch Espargaro and Miller, although a bid to claim a first premier class podium was a long way off.
Jorge Martin – 8
(Qualified 8th, finished 6th)
After taking a podium in Catalunya, Martin continued his return to form by taking a solid sixth place. The Prima Pramac Ducati rider was unable to match teammate Zarco at the time it counted and so a lower grade was awarded to the Spaniard. It must be said that Martin was also back in his first race since having surgery on his right hand.
Brad Binder – 8
(Qualified 15th, finished 7th)
If only KTM had better qualify – words Binder must hear but also be tired of. After failing to make it to Q2, Binder was again one of the top performers in the race, climbing to 7th place, 15 seconds off the win.
Fabio Di Giannantonio – 8
(Qualified 5th, finished 8th)
Di Giannantonio continued his stunning form of form and fifth in qualifying was the third consecutive race weekend in which he was no lower than the front two rows. In the race, Di Giannantonio was once again rock solid as tire conservation took a step forward towards the finish as the best rookie.
Miguel Oliveira – 7
(Qualified 14th, Finished 9th)
Although it was a racing incident, early contact with Joan Mir resulted in the Spaniard crashing out of the race and therefore Oliveira’s figure is slightly lower than it could have been. Oliveira showed a strong pace at times, but after finishing second at the Sachsenring last season and being beaten by Binder, it’s a Sunday the Portuguese rider won’t fondly remember.
Enea Bastianini – 7
(Qualified 17th, finished 10th)
Bastianini was desperate to finish after back-to-back DNFs in Mugello and Catalunya, but Bastianini made good progress in the race to finish tenth, a result he had to achieve without his crew chief, who fell victim to a positive COVID-19 test.
Marco Bezzecchi – 7
(Qualified 11th, finished 11th)
Bezzecchi couldn’t quite match Di Giannantonio’s level of performance and had a relatively quiet Sunday in German MotoGP. Still, they are valuable points in the race for the rookie of the year honour.
Raul Fernandez – 7
(Qualified 22nd, finished 12th)
Aided by several riders who crashed or withdrew from the race, we can’t fault Fernandez who managed to show impressive speed in what was his best show since he entered MotoGP.
Franco Morbidelli – 4
(Qualified 20th, finished 13th)
The story of his season, Morbidelli had very little pace all weekend as he took a disappointing 13th place finish. If the Italian didn’t already have a 2023 contract in his pocket, it would probably have been very, very difficult to stay with the team.
Andrea Dovizioso – 4
(Qualified 19th, finished 14th)
Like Morbidelli, a lack of pace and constant struggle to ride the M1 as Quartararo does are leading to Dovizioso having his worst season in MotoGP. The Italian was lucky enough to score points as most of the non-finishers were almost all ahead of him when faced with their problems.
Remy Gardner – 5
(Qualified 21st, finished 15th)
After showing signs of form in Catalunya, the Sachsenring was another tough outing for Gardner, despite scoring a point. The Australian was more than four seconds behind teammate Fernandez.
Stefan Bradl – 4
(Qualified 18th, finished 16th)
On a day when three out of four Hondas failed to finish, Stefan Bradl had a bizarre race as he was way off the pace. In fact, the German rider set times comparable to those of Moto2 machines.
Maverick Vinales – 7
(Qualified 9th, DNF)
What turned out to be his best race for Aprilia, Vinales unfortunately had a mechanical problem when his ride height device got stuck, pushing him wide into turn seven before having to stop. The former Yamaha rider was fourth at the time of his problem.
Takaaki Nakagami – 3
(Qualified 10th, DNF)
A second crash in as many races for Nakagami as the LCR Honda rider made a quick fall at turn eight.
Joan Mir – 5
(Qualified 12th, DNF)
With Mir soloing for Suzuki when Alex Rins decided to withdraw after FP3 due to pain in his left wrist which proved too much to overcome, the expectation of taking home a good result would have been high but Mir’s effort to doing this was cut short- early briefly when contact with Oliveira en route to the first corner pushed the 2020 World Champion slightly wide before losing the front.
Pol Espargaro – 4
(Qualified 13th, DNF)
Struggling for pace and pain after his double crash in FP1, Espargaro returned to the pit lane mid-race when his fitness issues marked the end of a disappointing day for Honda.
Alex Marquez – 4
(Qualified 16th, DNF)
Like Vinales, Marquez received a ride-height device shortly after Nakagami crashed, making it a German Grand Prix to soon forget for LCR.
Darryn Binder – 3
(Qualified 23rd, DNF)
A crash on the fourth lap prevented the South African from continuing. His DNF was just the second of his rookie season.
Francesco Bagnaia – 3
(Qualified 1st, DNF)
The new lap record holder around the Sachsenring (FP3), pole sitter on the German circuit for the first time in his career, Bagnaia’s dream weekend quickly turned into a nightmare. The Grand Prix got off to a good start, if not spectacular, but after losing the lead, Bagnaia was visibly in a hurry to get ahead of Quartararo again, as fears of the Yamaha rider pulling away were apparent. But trying to do this forced Bagnaia into a foul when he fell in turn one, and with that, hopes of winning the title have likely gone up in flames.