German fan favorite Stephan Bradl delighted the local crowd with the top time FP2 at the Sachsenring Circuit Friday. Bradl’s 1’22.030 put him two-tenths clear of second-place Dani Pedrosa and another one-hundreth clear of third-fastest Marc Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo, who crashed hard in the session and retired early, still managed fourth and his teammate Valentino Rossi placed fifth, a position he held for much of practice.
Lorenzo’s Turn 10 spill forced the practice to be red-flagged briefly. The highside crash flipped the World Champion over the bars and directly onto his repaired collarbone. He was taken to medical center, where scans showed that the titanium plate fitted to his collarbone last weekend had been bent in the impact. Lorenzo will require surgery to fix the plate, and will not race at the Sachsenring.
Immediately after the crash, the M1 remained in the middle of the track so the marshals briefly halted practice.
Cal Crutchlow, too, finished his day early. After a big crash at turn 11 left his Yamaha scattered across the gravel trap, Crutchlow (19th) returned to the pits with abrasions on his hand. His team reported that he is expected back for FP3 on Saturday.
|7||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia ART||1'22.763||0.733||0.191|
|12||14||Randy de Puniet||Aprilia ART||1'23.255||1.225||0.215|
|14||68||Yonny Hernandez||Aprilia ART||1'23.524||1.494||0.033|
|15||8||Hector Barbera||FTR Kawasaki||1'23.627||1.597||0.103|
|17||9||Danilo Petrucci||Suter BMW||1'23.866||1.836||0.230|
|18||5||Colin Edwards||FTR Kawasaki||1'23.911||1.881||0.045|
|20||71||Claudio Corti||FTR Kawasaki||1'24.078||2.048||0.146|
|21||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||FTR Kawasaki||1'24.647||2.617||0.569|
|22||67||Bryan Staring||FTR Honda||1'24.862||2.832||0.215|
|23||52||Lukas Pesek||Suter BMW||1'25.568||3.538||0.706|
|17||Karel Abraham||Aprilia ART|