Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez took charge of the free practice timesheets at the Sachsenring this afternoon, bolting in a fresh rear soft Michelin to see off a challenge from Alex Rins with this morning’s fastest man Fabio Quartararo in third.
Marquez was the only rider to drop under the 1’21s barrier with a 1’20.705 to lead Suzuki’s Rins by 0.341s. Petronas Yamaha’s Quartararo was a further 0.019s in arrears but had a faster lap blocked by team-mate Franco Morbidelli.
The Frenchman had commenced a lap that was quicker than his 1’21.065 but came across Morbidelli dawdling at the Omega curve and was so furious, he wasn’t able to focus on a faster final lap. Morbidelli will be lucky not to incur a grid penalty for the incident.
Maverick Vinales bagged fourth place with the Monster Yamaha, trailing Quartararo by a tenth of a second while Pol Espargaro pulled a soft-tyre lap out of the bag to shoot into fifth with a 1’21.265.
Cal Crutchlow gritted his teeth to ride through the pain of a cracked tibia and snapped ACL to take sixth place with a 1’21.392.
His lap demoted close mate Jack Miller to seventh with Danilo Petrucci the quickest of the works Ducatis in eighth and eight-tenths in arrears. Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was 0.005s slower with Valentino Rossi in tenth and into qualifying two should threatened rain appear tomorrow morning.
Aleix Espargaro slipped back from a safe spot in FP1 to 11th in FP2 but stayed ahead of Morbidello with Joan Mir close behind on the second Ecstar Suzuki in 13th and a second off the pace.
HRC test rider Stefan Bradl, replacing Jorge Lorenzo, is 14th with Taka Nakagami in 15h place. Pecco Bagnaia didn’t take part in the session after a crash this morning saw him taken to hospital for checks.