Sachsenring MotoGP: Marquez fastest again from Smith

Marc Marquez stamped his authority on the Sachsenring once again in free practice two for MotoGP on Friday afternoon.

The reigning champion has won five races on the trot – his last two victories in the premier class – at the track.

Jorge Lorenzo set the early pace for Yamaha, swapping the top time with Marquez initially. Honda’s Dani Pedrosa very briefly went fastest before Marquez produced a P1 time of 1m21.823s.

Pedrosa’s response was just a fraction slower on 1m21.889s to go second.

Marquez then lowered the bar by a couple of tenths to 1m21.666s with 10 minutes to go. He went even faster on his final lap of the session, a 1m21.621s.

Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith laid down some late flyers, fastest overall in two of the sectors while lapping right on the tail of Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, to jump up to P2 on 1m21.740s. Iannone took third.

Lorenzo produced a sequence of 1m22-dead times on his second run, while teammate Rossi struggled on the fringes of the top six, running over half a second off the pace. Lorenzo worked down to a 1m21.886s, ahead of Pedrosa.

Aleix Espargaro was sixth on the Suzuki on 1m22.095s.

Rossi ended the session in seventh, failing to improve on his time in the first session.

Scott Redding impressed again by going eighth on his Marc VDS Honda on 1m22.170s, which was fractionally slower than he achieved this morning.

Yonny Hernandez set the ninth-quickest lap on his Pramac Ducati.

Michael Laverty hopped off his Aprilia at Turn 13, after replacing Marco Melandri for this weekend.

Another replacement rider, Hiroshi Aoyama, suffered the session’s biggest tumble, falling from his AB Honda.

Pos  Rider   Bike   Time   Gap   Laps 
Marc Marquez Honda 1'21.621   25
Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'21.740 0.119 27
Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'21.824 0.203 22
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'21.886 0.265 20
Daniel Pedrosa Honda 1'21.889 0.268 23
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'22.095 0.474 20
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'22.159 0.538 25
Scott Redding Honda 1'22.170 0.549 25
Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'22.196 0.575 22
10  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'22.340 0.719 21
11  Hector Barbera Ducati 1'22.413 0.792 19
12  Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'22.425 0.804 22
13  Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'22.436 0.815 21
14  Maverick Vivales Suzuki 1'22.507 0.886 20
15  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'22.546 0.925 20
16  Nicky Hayden Honda 1'23.008 1.387 18
17  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'23.185 1.564 21
18  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'23.286 1.665 22
19  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'23.344 1.723 22
20  Jack Miller Honda 1'23.427 1.806 22
21  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1'23.821 2.200 21
22  Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1'23.925 2.304 20
23  Eugene Laverty Honda 1'23.952 2.331 22
24  Michael Laverty Aprilia 1'24.594 2.973 14
25  Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 1'25.160 3.539 21

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Series MotoGP
Event German GP
Track Sachsenring
Drivers Bradley Smith , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez , Andrea Iannone
Teams Repsol Honda Team , Tech 3 , Ducati Team , Yamaha Factory Racing
Article type Practice report