Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Sachsenring:
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The riders used the last practice session to chase a potentially useless dry set-up but also to practice some bike swaps in case of a flag-to-flag challenge in tomorrow’s race. The Ducati of Andrea Iannone took its rightful place at the top of the standings as Marc Marquez literally wiggled his way into second with Dani Pedrosa in third, a thousand of a second off his teammate’s time. Maverick Viñales kept close in fourth, in front of a more determined Andrea Dovizioso.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Sachsenring:
Moto2 times were much quicker to fall than their MotoGP counterparts but the timesheets didn’t spring any major surprises. Thomas Luthi climbed to the top early on, with Takaaki Nakagami keeping close. As close as 0.012. They were undisturbed for the rest of the session, although Simone Corsi had a late attempt to overturn the hierarchy, eventually settling for third.
Forward’s Lorenzo Baldassarri was a major improver in fourth, upping his Friday time by over a second and a half and consistently threatening the top three. Jonas Folger ended up fifth while birthday boy Johann Zarco in sixth will be hoping for a better present during the qualifying session.
Some of the Friday clouds left the perimeter proving the sun still visits Germany, yet the times were slow to drop on Saturday morning. Improving his time by four tenths early on, Marc Marquez later tested the new chassis proposed by Honda. While he set reasonable times on it, the Spaniard returned to his normal configuration for the ten-minute shootout and slashed over a second off his FP2 time, going straight to the top.
Saturday morning seemed to have a similar script to Friday – minus the rain. Andrea Locatelli was an early leader before letting Brad Binder set a string of fast laps at the top. But the South African had to concede first place to yesterday’s leader Enea Bastianini in the final minutes of the session.
After a rather worrying performance on the first day of practice, rookie Aron Canet gained some confidence in the warmer temperatures to climb up the timesheets into third position. Romano Fenati joined him in fourth after a pretty minor early crash.
The first thing to greet the intermediate class riders as they hit the track was the red and white flag signalling the presence of one of Sachsenring’s most frequent guests: rain. The riders made the pilgrimage back to the pits soon after, as spectators wrapped up in rain capes.
Halfway through the session, Johann Zarco once again took the initiative, slowly prompting his fellow riders to join the track-drying fun. After holding an early lead, the Frenchman dropped to fourth as morning leader Nakagami made the jump from sixteenth to second and then to first in the final five minutes.
The rain that pulled the curtains on the Moto3 session stopped before it was the turn of the MotoGP machines to hit the track. They didn’t do it in a hurry, Bradley Smith being the opening act on a damp track, quickly followed by Valentino Rossi.
As the surface dried, Maverick Viñales was the first rider to drop under the morning’s best time, promptly beaten to it by Marc Marquez, the two Spaniards continuing to exchange times at the top until the mid-session stop into the pits. After resuming action, the Suzuki rider was another one to perform the pitlane “jog of shame” after crashing in the troublemaking turn eleven.
The Sky team was on fire in the early part of the afternoon session, Romano Fenati stepping it up once again and grabbing the top position by eight tenths of a second in front of Nicolo Bulega. The last minutes of the session poured some water on that fire, Fenati crashing and collecting Adam Norrodin, while Enea Bastianini was sneaking into the top position.
As the checkered flag dropped, so did the rain. Fenati stayed second, followed by Bulega and Gabriel Rodrigo, with Brad Binder progressing up to fifth place after struggling a little early on. While Antonelli wrapped things up early following a fast crash at turn seven, his teammate Jules Danilo impressed in sixth position.
Still battling the drizzle that turned the MotoGP session into a 10-minute sprint, the Moto2 riders took it easy for the first half of FP1. Dominique Aegerter tested the waters (quite literally) with a slick tyre as the lights turned green for the morning session, leaving the track feeling quite lonely until Raffin, Marini and Pons polished their wet weather skills.
The final half hour saw Zarco bravely out on slicks again, his times encouraging some more action, including a rodeo-style wiggle from the Frenchman himself. He didn’t tumble but times did as riders gained confidence and track conditions improved. Once things settled, the usual suspects took over at the top, a first position certifying Takaaki Nakagami as one of them for yet another weekend.
A dry but drizzly start to the session quickly turned into a drizzly and dull thirty-minute pitstop. Andrea Iannone, Marc Marquez and Danilo Petrucci were early leaders before the rain stole the spotlight from all the talk about Michelin’s asymmetric front tyre.
Before the action was paused, Scott Redding turned out to be the first victim of turn 11, in the first six minutes of the session, getting a chance to practice the trademark Marquez run down the pitlane. That later proved to be one of the highlights of an action-strapped session.
Riding in weather that seemed to be preparing us for winter holiday instead, the Moto3 grid was admirably tame, with only a handful of minor crashes as rain threatened to show up but didn’t really do so.
Romano Fenati and Enea Bastianini switched positions at the top for much of the session, the Sky rider grabbing the lead before the mid-session recess. Once action was resumed, the Italian armada made a comeback, taking over the top 6, eventually separated by Binder, Martin and Bendsneyder.
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