Marc Marquez has topped MotoGP FP3 at the Sachsenring after early rain saw the riders do a lot of waiting around in the pit lane, only to get a useful ten minutes of valuable track time to refine their race setups. Dani Pedrosa made it a Repsol Honda 1-2 and appeared to have discovered some decent pace heading into the qualifying session to follow.
Stefan Bradl continued his strong showing at his home Grand Prix to take third place while the factory Yamaha duo of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo rounded out the top five.
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Suisse rider Dominique Aegerter has topped the third Moto2 free practice session with a time of 1:24.673, which was over half a second quicker than yesterday's benchmark set by Mika Kallio. Kallio ended up in second place a mere seven hundredths behind Aegerter while Jordi Torres rounded out the top three a further five tenths back.
Simone Corsi continued his strong Friday showing to set the fourth fastest lap putting him ahead of local favourite Sandro Cortese who put in a late charge to sneak into the top five. Championship leader Tito Rabat cut a frustrated figure throughout the session and had to settle for sixth place, he would be looking for drastic improvement during the afternoon's qualifying session.
Championship leader Marc Marquez has recovered from his topsy-turvy Friday to top MotoGP FP3 at Sachsenring. The Spaniard set a time of 1:21.581 which was half a second quicker than the benchmark set yesterday and put him almost three tenths clear of Jorge Lorenzo in second place. Local rider Stefan Bradl was hot on Lorenzo's tail and gave the home crowd reason to cheer by rounding out the top three.
Friday's pace setter Aleix Espargaro had to settle for posting the fourth fastest time ahead of fellow Yamaha rider Bradley Smith who recovered well following a nasty crash early in the session to complete the top five. There were also high speed shunts for Broc Parkes and Pol Espargaro, thankfully all riders walked away unscathed.
Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso, Yonny Hernandez and Cal Crutchlow will have to do things the hard way later on in Q1 after finishing in eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth places respectively.
Jack Miller has made taken advantage of glorious sunny conditions to make it three out of three by once again topping the time sheets for the third Moto3 free practice session. The Australian's time of 1:26.767, set during a scintillating run of sub 1:27 laps, put him half a second clear of Danny Kent in second. It also put him half a second inside Alex Rins' pole record from last year and two tenths inside Luis Salom's circuit lap record.
Alexis Masbou, Brad Binder and Jakub Kornfeil rounded out the top five some eight tenths shy of Miller's benchmark. Alex Rins had his second crash of the weekend early in the session as the track was left slippery from an overnight storm, Karel Hanika also crashed shortly after. Both riders were unharmed and finished proceedings eleventh and twentieth respectively.
Chaz Davies heads to Superpole with the fastest time of the day, beating the Aprilias of Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri. Tom Sykes has to rely on his time from the second session for provisional fourth, while Toni Elias's time from the first session qualifies him for Superpole Two, knocking Loris Baz down to Superpole One where he will be one of the favourites to be promoted to the second session.
2014 Sachsenring Friday MotoGP Round Up - Marquez' Big Crash, Some Fast Yamahas, And Fixing Turn 11 Again
There are those who say that Marc Marquez is due a big crash soon. He is always riding so close to the edge of traction that at some point, he will go over the limit and suffer the consequences, they reason. They will therefore not have been surprised to learn that Marquez had a huge highside on Friday morning. What will surprise them is the cause of the crash. It was not due to pushing his Honda RC213V beyond the limits of adhesion, he explained to the media afterwards, but was caused by a minor slip of his foot. His toe touched the gear lever, clicking the bike into 3rd, and that caused the rear tire to grip momentarily and flick him off.
The crash happened at Turn 2. "You turn with the gas in second gear," Marquez said. "I didn't know at the time, but I was touching a little bit the gear lever." In the last part of the corner, he accidentally engaged third, and as he kept the throttle in the same position, the bike highsided. Marquez was thrown upside down, and landed on his neck. He was lucky to walk away, but walk away he did. He returned to the garages and was straight back on the bike again, posting the sixth fastest time, six tenths off the pace of Aleix Espargaro, and a third of a second behind Jorge Lorenzo.
By the afternoon, Marquez was back at full speed, and second quickest behind Aleix Espargaro once again. He still had some stiffness in his neck, he said, but it was not really hindering him. "The neck feels a bit locked in some corners, but it is not a problem," he said. Intensive physiotherapy kept his neck warm, and prevented it from seizing up and becoming painful. That only happened after the session was over, and his neck started to cool down.
Tom Sykes set the quickest time ahead of Chaz Davies, much like the results of race one last year. Marco Melandri, third quickest today, was fourth behind Eugene Laverty in that race.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at the Sachsenring:
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Sylvain Guintoli sets the only 1'23 lap of the session but has still got 1.2 seconds before he matches his own best time, the outright lap record of 1'22.683, set in 2013. Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri are within three tenths of a second.
Mika Kallio has ended the first day of practice as the fastest rider in Moto2, topping the afternoon session at the Sachsenring. Kallio was only fractionally faster than his Marc VDS Racing teammate Tito Rabat, the Spaniard less than a tenth off the pace his Finnish teammate. Dominique Aegerter could only manage 3rd, finishing ahead of Simone Corsi, though neither man could improve their times from the morning session.
While the Marc VDS team led the way, the other Moto2 giants suffered. Pons Racing's rookies struggled to find their feet in Germany, Luis Salom ending the day in 10th, with Maverick Viñales was a lowly 19th. Though they have many riders in front of them, the time gaps are small, Salom just half a second off the pace, Viñales a second slower than Kallio.
Aleix Espargaro has once again topped the timesheets during the second session of free practice at the Sachsenring, the Forward Yamaha rider again putting a soft tire on to grab top spot. Espargaro had earlier experimented with both the Forward and the Yamaha chassis, before switching back to the Yamaha chassis to set the fastest time. The Forward chassis is said to be stronger in the slower corners, of which the Sachsenring has plenty.
Marc Marquez ended the session in 2nd, having much calmer session after his monster highside in the morning. The Repsol Honda man had treatment for his sore neck, and appeared to have suffered no ill effects. Jorge Lorenzo continues to be fast on the Yamaha, the factory man ending the session two tenths behind Marquez and a third of a second off the time of Espargaro.
Jack Miller has topped the second session of free practice for the Moto3 class at the Sachsenring, stamping his authority on the class with a late charge. Miller had been fast throughout, but the KTM man pushed towards the end to secure top spot. Frenchman Alexis Masbou took 2nd on the Ongetta Honda, a quarter of a second behind Miller.
Englishman Danny Kent has found his old form in Germany, getting up to 3rd in the second session of practice on the Husqvarna, and ending ahead of Efren Vazquez on the RTG Honda. The two Estrella Galicia Hondas of Alex Rins and Alex Marquez made a little progress, Marquez moving up to 7th and Rins ending in 12th, though both men are over eight tenths behind title rival Miller.
Simone Corsi leads the way in the Moto2 class, topping the first session of free practice at the Sachsenring. Corsi's advantage is small, however, with both Dominique Aegerter and Mika Kallio within three hundredths of a second of the Italian. Championship leader Tito Rabat ended FP1 in 4th, a tenth off the pace of Corsi, and ahead of last year's winner Jordi Torres.
The Moto2 class, too, had plenty of fallers. Mattia Pasini was an early crasher, but he was joined throughout the session by Johann Zarco, Julian Simon and Sandro Cortese. All escaped without serious injury.