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With a glimpse every now and again at the dark clouds above, the intermediate class was in a hurry to get their homework done for the morning. The rain never came so Franco Morbidelli decided to be the main talking point instead.
Rain on Friday caused another ten minutes to be added to the third practice session this morning, giving a chance to the remaining ten riders who did not put in a compulsory run on the stiffer hard rear tyre to do so.
Marc Marquez did most of his work on a medium tyre combination but still managed to improve on his Friday times in the dry, before putting in the soft rear towards the end of the session and becoming the first of only two riders into the 1:20s.
The sun was playing games on Saturday morning, with sunshine distracting from the clouds, cold and wind around the track. Left without his main rival in such sessions, Joan Mir cruised to the top of the timesheets from the start and proved an immovable force. He also found time to tow his teammate, Livio Loi, into third position, the Leopard duo split by Bo Bendsneyder in second place, the Dutchman preparing a good follow-up to his performance in Assen.
Following the rain dance of MotoGP, the intermediate class was left with a drying line on a damp track. After a few exploratory laps on wet tyres, most riders chose to sit it out until the sunshine did its job in preparing the track for a proper race run.
The only real action started in the final twenty minutes, Tom Luthi one of the first riders to lead on slick tires. Pecco Bagnaia followed his lead (quite literally, chasing the Swiss rider on track), the two exchanging top position several times as riders were pouring out of the pits to make the most of a rapidly improving track.
A quick downpour after the end of the Moto3 session soaked the track and promised to cause trouble for the MotoGP class. With sunshine already breaking through the clouds by the time the first riders joined the track, it was a matter of how quick the new surface would dry.
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.
A few drops of rain scared us in the beginning of the session but nowhere near enough to leave an impression on the track, a bit of sun almost showing up soon after. Unimpressed by the conditions, Miguel Oliveira would have missed some proper time in the limelight lately, the Portuguese rider making up for that by leading the field throughout the session.
A cloudy breezy 16 degrees didn’t exactly invite to some tyre testing on the resurfaced German track, so most riders played it safe with a softer tyre combination in the chilly morning, although a few brave souls decided to get the compulsory laps on the harder rear tyre out of the way early on. With ten extra minutes added to the session to see how Michelin gets along with the surface, the riders could sneak in an extra run to make sure any future rain won’t mess up their Q2 chances.
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.
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