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Twenty nine short laps away from the summer break, Moto2 took place in good racing weather.
After a reorganised grid, with the shenanigans of qualifying sorted out, would the shuffle affect the race result?
Results and summary of Moto3 qualifying:
Franco Morbidelli put in a late push to lead the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class at the Sachsenring. The Italian smashed the existing lap record by three tenths of a second, to push Johann Zarco into 2nd place, despite the fact that he was quicker than the Jordi Torres' record from 2013 as well. Tito Rabat hung in for 3rd place, finishing ahead of Xavier Simeon and Simone Corsi. Sam Lowes, who had been fastest on Friday morning, suffered a small crash and ended down in 13th, just under eight tenths off the pace of Morbidelli.
Marc Marquez has topped the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class, dropping the pace as the weather has picked up. The last ten minutes turned frantic, as riders chased times for a slot in Q2, with a few people quick on Friday falling victim on Saturday morning.
Marquez was fast throughout the session, slashing his time in the last few minutes. The Repsol Honda rider finished ahead of the two Movistar Yamahas, Jorge Lorenzo just over a tenth slower than Marquez, Valentino Rossi pushing out a fast lap to be five hundredths behind his teammate. Andrea Dovizioso picked up the pace to grab 4th, but the factory Ducati rider was nearly half a second slower than Marquez.
Bradley Smith finished an impressive 5th, and could have been closer if he hadn't had a moment at the bottom of the waterfall and lost a couple of tenths. Dani Pedrosa was fast on race pace, but less so once the pace hotted up, but still ended 6th ahead of the Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro. Cal Crutchlow took 8th slot, despite a minor crash at the Omega corner in the second half of practice, from which he escaped uninjured. Andrea Iannone was the only rider not to improve his time on Saturday morning, his second Ducati sporting a larger set of winglets. Pol Espargaro was the final man in the top 10, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider securing his place in Q2 early.
Danny Kent continues his demoralizing of the Moto3 opposition, the Englishman once again lapping the 3.671 kilometer circuit over six tenths faster than his rivals. Fabio Quartararo was once again the closest man to Kent, the French youngster taking 2nd ahead of Kent's Leopard Racing teammate Efren Vazquez. Alexis Masbou was 4th by the very slimmest of possible margins, just a thousandth of a second off Vazquez, and ahead of John McPhee, who is having a very positive weekend.
Mika Kalio saved his best for last to set the top time in the waning moments of the second free practice Friday at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany. Dominique Aegerter used late tow to grab second, just two-hundredths of a second behind Kalio's 1'25.069. Jonas Folger, who led much of the session, was dropped into third by Kallio's and Aegerter's late charges. Sandro Cortese held on for fourth while Sam Lowes -- fastest in the first free practice and still fastest in combined times -- took fifth.
FP2 was run in two segments after a red flag forced the riders to pit briefly. Rider Azlan Shah (15th) crashed hard late in the session and his bike came to a stop in the middle of the track. After the bike was cleared, the final six minutes of practice resumed.