Another session dominated by Casey Stoner this afternoon. Stoner was consistently the fastest rider, and took another big chunk out of the lap record today. Valentino Rossi was once again the only man who could get anywhere near Stoner, finally closing to within 35/100ths of the Australian.
The big surprise of the session is Sylvain Guintoli up in 4th spot. Guintoli set his fastest time on a set of qualifiers, but was quick on the previous laps on harder compound tires. Whether he can carry this form into qualifying remains to be seen, but the Dunlops have looked better than ever so far at the Sachsenring.
This afternoon's session was riddled with incidents, with rider after riding running off the track, though few actually crashed and hurt themselves. But the session was rounded off with a piece of grand theater, with Nicky Hayden's Honda RC212V self-destructing in the most spectacular manner, spewing out smoke and engine parts onto the track down the front straight. The disintegration of his engine marked the end of a difficult session for the reigning world champion, as he failed to improve his time from the morning practice.
Practice continues tomorrow morning, before the qualifying session tomorrow afternoon to determine the grid.
|10||14||Randy DE PUNIET||KAWASAKI||1'23.667||0.930||0.022|
|Fastest Lap:||Casey STONER||1'22.737||159.73 Km/h|
|Circuit Record Lap:||2006||Dani PEDROSA||1'23.355||158.545 Km/h|
|Circuit Best Lap:||2006||Dani PEDROSA||1'21.815||161.530 Km/h|