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.
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.
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.
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.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at the Sachsenring:
Solid Start at Sachsenring for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Sachsenring (Germany), 11th July 2014
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi had a solid start to the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland race weekend despite slightly threatening weather conditions.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at the Sachsenring:
SACHSENRING WEEKEND KICKS OFF WITH ANTONELLI 5th AND BASTIANINI 13th
Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 riders Niccolò Antonelli and Enea Bastianini were able to begin their German Grand Prix weekend unaffected by the predicted rain as sunshine and warm weather set the scene for today’s first two practice sessions.
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.
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.
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.
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.