The ‘King of the Ring’ Marc Marquez asserting his dominance on the MotoGP field, topping MotoGP free practice three from Fabio Quartararo, with Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso once again having to navigate Q1 at the Sachsenring.
Topping Friday practice, but without the usual dominance in Germany, Marquez continued to experiment between both frames provided to him by the Repsol Honda team on Saturday morning.
Whilst Quartararo went fastest on his Petronas SRT Yamaha, it was a late lap by Marquez who eventually took the spoils. A 1:20.347 for the Spaniard was good enough to give him free practice honours by 0.168 ahead of the Frenchman.
A good session had a potentially sour end for Quartararo, who ended the session in serious discomfort after a violent head-shake down the Waterfall. Early reports suggested that he dislocated his left shoulder, before popping it back it himself on his in lap, in what will concern his team.
Maverick Vinales continued his solid progress ending third fastest, just ahead of the remarkable Cal Crutchlow, who is still struggling with his broken tibia and ligament damage in his knee.
Alex Rins found himself in the top five and heading directly into Q2 along with Franco Morbidelli and Danilo Petrucci who were sixth and seventh respectively. Jack Miller, Joan Mir and Pol Espargaro rounded out the top ten, with the KTM man crashing his RC-16 on his final hot lap.
It was another tough session for Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso with the veteran Italians ending the session in eleventh and fourteenth respectively, and both needing to go through Q1 in order to salvage their weekends.