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Twenty nine short laps away from the summer break, Moto2 took place in good racing weather.
The first couple of turns were a bit of a bustle, but when the dust settled, Franco Morbidelli led Xavier Simeon and Johann Zarco with the top three qualifiers in the front three places and Simone Corsi snapping at their heels.
After a reorganised grid, with the shenanigans of qualifying sorted out, would the shuffle affect the race result?
Karel Hanika led Efren Vazquez into the first corner as Fabian Quartararo wasted his front row start, falling back to seventh place. Danny Kent, dominant throughout qualifying, took until turn twelve of the first lap to get to the front.
Is the run of Yamaha domination about to come to an end? After winning seven out of eight races, the Yamaha YZR-M1 certainly looks like the best bike on the grid, so on paper, it should continue to crush the opposition beneath its wheels at the Sachsenring. After all, the strength of the Yamaha is its ability to carry corner speed and get drive out of corners, and the Sachsenring has barely a straight line in its 3.7 kilometers. Yet after two days of practice, it has been the Hondas which have ruled the roost in Germany. The bike which is supposed to have problems looks untouchable, with Marc Márquez looking untouchable, Dani Pedrosa the best of the rest, and both Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow showing real promise.
Why is the Honda so fast at the Sachsenring? Two reasons. Firstly, the circuit only has a couple of the types of corners where the Honda has struggled. It is only in Turn 8 and Turn 12 where the riders are braking almost straight up and down, the rear stepping out and becoming difficult to control. "Where we have a problem here is only two corners," Marc Márquez said at the press conference. "The rest is just with the gas, and there we don't have the problem." Those other corners are where the Hondas are making up the time. And they are making up the time because the track lacks grip.