2015 Sachsenring MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Lays Down A Mark

Marc Marquez has carried the momentum gained at Assen over to the Sachsenring, topping the timesheets in the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class, and getting under the race lap record already. Marquez took top spot with the soft front tire, then took the asymmetric out at the end of the session and improved his time even further. 

Valentino Rossi took second spot in FP2. The Movistar Yamaha rider had kept Marquez honest in the first part of the session, only losing ground as Marquez upped the pace at the end of practice. Scott Redding put in a strong performance on Friday morning, shooting up to 3rd in the session towards the end, as he followed Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa round. Redding has struggled early in practice so far this year, and putting in a fast time early on will take some of the pressure off him, and boost his confidence. 

Dani Pedrosa grabbed 4th spot, the Repsol Honda rider doing strongly at a track where he has always gone well. Yonny Hernandez took the Pramac Ducati to 5th, putting the bike ahead of the factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso. Jorge Lorenzo took 7th spot, the Movistar Yamaha rider over two thirds of a second behind Marquez and a third of a second behind his teammate Valentino Rossi, but finishing ahead of the Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro. Cal Crutchlow ended the session as 9th fastest, putting the CWM LCR Honda ahead of Andrea Iannone, who was the last of the riders in the top 10.

The fast corner of Turn 11 caught its usual few victims. Pol Espargaro destroyed his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha there halfway through the session, while Alvaro Bautista crashed there later on as well.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'21.766    
2 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'22.102 0.336 0.336
3 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'22.167 0.401 0.065
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'22.243 0.477 0.076
5 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'22.396 0.630 0.153
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'22.428 0.662 0.032
7 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'22.445 0.679 0.017
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'22.462 0.696 0.017
9 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'22.567 0.801 0.105
10 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'22.670 0.904 0.103
11 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'22.674 0.908 0.004
12 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'22.696 0.930 0.022
13 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'22.698 0.932 0.002
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'22.792 1.026 0.094
15 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'22.935 1.169 0.143
16 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'23.163 1.397 0.228
17 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'23.299 1.533 0.136
18 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'23.878 2.112 0.579
19 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'24.007 2.241 0.129
20 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1'24.063 2.297 0.056
21 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1'24.063 2.297  
22 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'24.096 2.330 0.033
23 70 Michael Laverty Aprilia 1'24.446 2.680 0.350
24 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'25.462 3.696 1.016
25 71 Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 1'26.771 5.005 1.309

 

Round Number: 
9
2015
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Where is Marco David? Why is Michael Laverty standing in?

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It's a real nuisance that I can't log in every day to keep up.

Most remiss...

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... is faster than Melandri straight away. How painful was this come back for Marco & Aprilia....

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Only 0.6 behind Bautista on his first outing. Was Melandri ever that close all year? It's hard to escape the feeling that Melandri was just rolling around making a point to Aprilia.

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