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The weather was the main factor during the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class, raining early, then drying out, then raining again very hard at the end. The mixed conditions left the timesheets in disarray, though Pol Espargaro still came out on top, despite being forced to push his bike all the way up the hill and into the pits after it broke down.
Dani Pedrosa was the fastest man in a wet FP2 session at the Sachsenring, but the Repsol Honda man nearly had Stefan Bradl steal his thunder under the darkened skies. The LCR Honda rider set a blistering pace on his final lap in the wet, beating Pedrosa's time through the first three sectors only to come up just short in the final sector, ending under a tenth behind Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo took 3rd spot, 0.099 behind Pedrosa, and nearly a tenth ahead of the second Repsol Honda of Casey Stoner.
The Ducatis were once again strong in the rain, Valentino Rossi taking 5th ahead of factory teammate Nicky Hayden, Rossi just three tenths off of Pedrosa's time. The Monster Tech 3 Yamahas followed, Cal Crutchlow ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, while Ben Spies ended the session in 9th, ahead of Hector Barbera and Alvaro Bautista. James Ellison was the best of the CRT machines, beating Aleix Espargaro and Mattia Pasini - the Italian having returned to ride after his horror crash in pit lane this morning. Despite the rain, the CRTs are still 2.6 seconds off Pedrosa, and 1.6 slower than the slowest MotoGP prototype, with the exception of Ducati test rider Franco Battaini.
Maverick Vinales has taken control of the Moto3 class at the Sachsenring, posting a fast time in the dry just before the first spots of rain started at the very end of the session. Vinales knocked Jakub Kornfeil off the top spot, after the Czech rider had followed his fastest time in the morning by topping most of FP2. Danny Kent ended FP2 in 3rd, just a fraction behind Kornfeil, while Hector Faubel nabbed 4th.
Pol Espargaro was the fastest man in the first session of free practice for Moto2, the Pons HP Tuenti rider just edging ahead of Marc Marquez in the final moments. Marquez had been leading FP1 until a few minutes before the end, when he suffered a massive crash at Turn 11, the fast right hander at the top of the hill, badly damaging his bike, though the Catalunya Caixa rider walked away relatively unhurt.
Bradley Smith put in a strong showing to nab 3rd spot, ahead of Marc VDS Racing's Mika Kallio. Alex de Angelis ended the session in 5th, the NGM Forward racing rider adapting quickly to the FTR, while Andrea Iannone ended the session in 6th, despite a crash early on in the session.
Dani Pedrosa has topped the first session of free practice at a hot and humid Sachsenring circuit, swapping places with his Repsol Honda teammate Casey Stoner throughout the session until coming out on top in the final minutes. Stoner ended less than a tenth behind Pedrosa, but two tenths ahead of the man he is tied in the championship with, Factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo.
The Monster Tech 3 Yamahas follow Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso a little quicker than his teammate Cal Crutchlow, while Hector Barbera is the first of the Ducatis in 6th, falling fractionally short of Crutchlow's time and only a single thousandth of a second ahead of Nicky Hayden on the factory Ducati. Alvaro Bautista had a modest session, ending in 8th, a tenth ahead of local hero Stefan Bradl, while Ben Spies rounds out the top 10 on the Factory Yamaha, just ahead of Valentino Rossi, who ended the session in 11th.
Practice was marred by an ugly incident in pit lane, where Mattia Pasini swerved to try to avoid hitting a mechanic, and ended up falling heavily. The Speed Master rider hit his head and shoulder, and was transported to hospital in Chemnitz for further examinations.
Jakub Kornfeil topped the first session of practice for the Moto3 class, just pipping Hector Faubel in the final moments of FP1. Faubel was forced to settle for 2nd, after having only just sneaked ahead of RW Racing's Luis Salom. Miguel Oliveira took the 4th spot, while Faubel's Aspar teammate Alberto Moncayo nipped ahead of Maverick Vinales.
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