Sachsenring MotoGP: Marquez ends Friday practice on top

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez ended Friday at the Sachsenring as the practice pace-setter, outpacing nearest rival Alex Rins by 0.341s in the afternoon session.

Sachsenring MotoGP: Marquez ends Friday practice on top

Second in the opening practice, championship leader Marquez very nearly crashed on his first push lap in FP2 after losing the front of his Honda at Turn 1 – but shrugged off this moment to post the new fastest lap of the weekend, a 1m21.113s, a few minutes later.

This left Marquez three tenths clear of Rins, before Petronas Yamaha's FP1 pace-setter Quartararo set the new benchmark just past the halfway point of the session, edging the reigning champion by just 0.013s as he overcame what had been a quarter-second deficit after two sectors.

With less than nine minutes left on the clock, Rins vaulted to the top spot courtesy of a 1m21.046s set using a new hard rear tyre.

But both Marquez and Quartararo emerged on fresh soft rear rubber right afterwards, and this allowed the former to reclaim the lead with ease through a 1m20.705s effort.

Quartararo's initial improvement was a lot more modest, as he came up just short of overhauling Rins and was then baulked by teammate Franco Morbidelli on the next lap, which left the French rookie enraged.

He couldn't improve after that, which meant Rins was secure in second place, despite himself failing to find more laptime on a soft rear tyre in the closing minutes.

Maverick Vinales was fourth, while KTM rider Pol Espargaro made it four Spaniards in the top five after following Vinales' works teammate Valentino Rossi on his fastest lap – with Rossi ending up 10th.

The injured Cal Crutchlow was sixth for LCR Honda, while Pramac's Jack Miller was the lead Ducati rider in seventh, just 0.042s and 0.047s ahead of Ducati works duo Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso respectively.

Aleix Espargaro was the top Aprilia in 11th, 0.005s behind Rossi, while Jorge Lorenzo's Repsol Honda stand-in Stefan Bradl was 0.988s off Marquez's pace in 14th.

Pramac Ducati rookie Francesco Bagnaia sat out FP2, having gone to the local hospital in Chemnitz for an MRI after complaining of a headache following his FP1 crash.

Session results

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 26 1'20.705 163.751
2 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 26 1'21.046 0.341 0.341 163.062
3 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 23 1'21.065 0.360 0.019 163.024
4 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 23 1'21.193 0.488 0.128 162.767
5 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 21 1'21.265 0.560 0.072 162.623
6 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 23 1'21.392 0.687 0.127 162.369
7 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 23 1'21.442 0.737 0.050 162.270
8 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 20 1'21.484 0.779 0.042 162.186
9 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 24 1'21.489 0.784 0.005 162.176
10 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 24 1'21.538 0.833 0.049 162.079
11 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 19 1'21.543 0.838 0.005 162.069
12 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 23 1'21.641 0.936 0.098 161.874
13 36 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 24 1'21.678 0.973 0.037 161.801
14 6 Germany Stefan Bradl
Honda 23 1'21.693 0.988 0.015 161.771
15 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 21 1'21.729 1.024 0.036 161.700
16 29 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 21 1'21.758 1.053 0.029 161.642
17 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 23 1'21.897 1.192 0.139 161.368
18 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 23 1'21.899 1.194 0.002 161.364
19 5 France Johann Zarco
KTM 20 1'22.001 1.296 0.102 161.163
20 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 20 1'22.208 1.503 0.207 160.758
21 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 24 1'22.462 1.757 0.254 160.262
63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
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