Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo moves further back into the Championship lead today
Dovizioso rode a tremendous 30-lap race under severe pressure from Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Cal Crutchlow and Factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies.
With just one practice session and the warm-up having taken place with no rain, the Ducati Team had little time to work on the dry settings that they used for today’s Grand Prix
Shinji Aoki: Sachsenring is a very abrasive circuit and after analysing the rear tyres after the warm up session, we advised some riders to use the harder rear slick option
Barberà was locked in a captivating five-rider battle for sixth that included both Ducati Factory riders
In a full wet session that saw four different pole-sitters within the last 15 seconds, Casey Stoner posted the best lap time.
A late attack by Casey Stoner, Ben Spies and Dani Pedrosa though put Crutchlow on the second row.
The Texan faced treacherous conditions and heavy rain throughout the qualifying session.
Weather permitting, tomorrow will see the Ducati Team continuing its work on the dry setup with which Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi finished seventh and eleventh
Both were hoping to work on improving the set-up of their YZR-M1 machines this afternoon but heavy rainfall saturated the Sachsenring track just minutes before the second practice session got underway.
Bridgestone’s Manager of Motorsport Tyre Development, Shinji Aoki, was closely involved in the analysis of the rear tyres