You could almost describe the afternoon practice session for the lightweight class as sunny, if you were not afraid to jinx it. The temperature was definitely more welcoming and with the new track surface seeing some more running, the grip seemed a little better but still less than ideal and quite hungry for tyres. Many riders went out on used FP1 tyres before switching to new fast shoes in the final ten minutes of the session, a few final laps stopped by some late spits of rain.
With a new asphalt to test, all eyes were to the sky as the lightweight class opened proceedings in Germany. The rain avoided them for the entire length of the session, although the improved surface didn’t really see them set rocket pace from the off, the track waiting for some rubber to build up.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams previewing the German Grand Prix:
Lorenzo Baldassarri undergoes surgery, Federico Fuligni set as replacement for the German GP
Following the accident during the qualifying for the Dutch GP in Assen, Lorenzo Baldassarri suffered a cerebral concussion and broke his right ankle. After he got treated extensively in the “Universitair Medisch Centrum” Hospital in Groningen, the Italian went back home on Sunday evening.
On the eve of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, the Grand Prix Commission, MotoGP's rule making body has allowed a system which was first mooted at the same race last year. In Assen, the GPC gathered to discuss various minor tweaks to the MotoGP rules, but among them was a major upgrade: permitting the use of dashboard messages by the teams from 2018.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's thrilling races at Assen:
BRAVE MARTIN MISSES ON DUTCH PODIUM BY FEW HUNDREDTHS OF A SECOND
Moto3 standings after a thrilling race at Assen:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race in Assen:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Assen:
After some drops of rain tested us on Friday, Saturday morning was straight wet suit domain. With the qualifying sessions predicted to take place in similar conditions, the smaller class was keen to give it a go in the wet. Combined with reduced visibility, the wet surface caught out the likes of Darryn Binder, John McPhee, Marcos Ramirez and Marco Bezzecchi early in the session. There would be plenty more tip-offs before the end of practice, half the grid going down at some point, including some of the fastest men of the day.
On the other hand, the weather aided Bo Bendsneyder in warming up the home audience, the KTM rider ending the session at the top of the timesheets, to the delight of the soaked stands. Almost six tenths down on the local boy was Nakarin Atiratphuvapat, the Thai rider proving his wet weather prowess once again.