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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.
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.
Aleix Espargaro has put the soft tire available to the Open class riders to good use, posting a very fast lap at the end of FP1 to take top spot. It was not the first time during the first session of free practice for the MotoGP riders that Espargaro set the fastest time, the Forward Yamaha rider dislodging Jorge Lorenzo from the top spot earlier.
Lorenzo showed he was ready to bounce back after a difficult Assen, leading the way throughout the session and setting down a very strong pace. He ended the session just in front of his Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi, who was close to the front for most of the session. Pol Espargaro posted a fast lap at the end of the session to jump up to 4th. The only Yamaha rider missing at the top was Bradley Smith, who suffered a very tough session, crashing at the start and at the end, two both times in tricky positions. Smith's first crash was at the top of the Waterfall, getting flicked off at Turn 10, his bike sliding dangerously to a halt right at the apex of Turn 11. The second crash came as he tried to save a highside, getting flicked off line and running through the gravel down the hill.
Jack Miller has topped the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at the Sachsenring. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was fast throughout the session, swapping the lead with Brad Binder and Romano Fenati, before pulling out a very fast lap at the end of the practice. Efren Vazquez put the RTG Honda into 2nd, just edging out Binder on the Mahindra, while Fenati was forced to settle for 4th.
The Estrella Galicia Hondas of Alex Rins and Alex Marquez got off to a poor start after a strong race at Assen. Rins ended the session in 12th, just under a second off the pace of Miller, while Marquez was a lowly 17th. Rins had a small off at the end of the practice session, but walked away unhurt.
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