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Sachsenring MotoGP: Barbera beats Marquez in wet FP2

Sachsenring MotoGP: Barbera beats Marquez in wet FP2
Jun 30, 2017, 1:25 PM

Avintia Ducati's Hector Barbera topped the second MotoGP practice session at a rainy Sachsenring, beating Marc Marquez by less than a tenth.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing
Pol Espargaro, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing
Hector Barbera, Avintia Racing

A short shower right before the start of the session forced riders to start the practice on wet tyres.

With the track drying, riders soon started to switch to dry tyres, only to have another period of torrential rain arrive and soak the track again.

Before the arrival of the second shower, Marquez was first with a 1m29.472s, having just demoted Pedrosa, who had led the majority of the session's early stages.

Marquez stayed on top for most of the session, before the track dried up enough to allow improvements in the last 10 minutes.

First it was Danilo Petrucci's Pramac Ducati that took over the lead but Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and then Andrea Dovizioso demoted him by more than half a second.

Then it was Marquez who moved back ahead with a 1m28.451s, before he went even faster twice more.

He was still leading when the chequered flag fell, but Hector Barbera eventually outpaced him by 0.063s with a best time 1m28.115s.

Marquez settled for second ahead of his Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, he and Petrucci setting identical laptimes in third.

Aleix Espargaro was fifth ahead of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow and championship leader Dovizioso on the best of the works Ducatis.

Jonas Folger took eighth as his Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Johann Zarco was the only rider to crash in the session, falling during the second shower.

Sam Lowes brought a second Aprilia into the top 10 in ninth, ahead of Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo.

The factory Yamaha riders had a low-key session, with Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales only 15th and 20th respectively in the rain.

Second practice results:

1 8 spain Hector Barbera  Ducati 1'28.115  
2 93 spain Marc Marquez  Honda 1'28.178 0.063
3 26 spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'28.468 0.353
4 9 italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'28.468 0.353
5 41 spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 1'28.527 0.412
6 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1'28.616 0.501
7 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'28.753 0.638
8 94 germany Jonas Folger  Yamaha 1'28.988 0.873
9 22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes  Aprilia 1'28.994 0.879
10 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 1'29.017 0.902
11 19 spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 1'29.076 0.961
12 44 spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 1'29.321 1.206
13 76 france Loris Baz  Ducati 1'29.364 1.249
14 36 finland Mika Kallio  KTM 1'29.446 1.331
15 46 italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'29.549 1.434
16 43 australia Jack Miller  Honda 1'29.586 1.471
17 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 1'29.774 1.659
18 5 france Johann Zarco  Yamaha 1'29.927 1.812
19 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 1'29.972 1.857
20 25 spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 1'30.017 1.902
21 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding  Ducati 1'30.017 1.902
22 42 spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 1'30.342 2.227
23 53 spain Tito Rabat  Honda 1'30.508 2.393
24 29 italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 1'30.559 2.444
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Series MotoGP
Event German GP
Location Sachsenring
Drivers Hector Barbera , Marc Marquez Shop Now
Author David Gruz