Marquez Tops the First Practice Day at Sachsenring

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Marc Marquez went on to improve his morning session performance in the Free Practice 2 this afternoon at Sachsenring. The two-time world champion had a fastest lap of 1'21.621. He is still far from his last year's 1'20.937 pole, but tomorrow morning we will see how much will he improve.
A great surprise came from Bradley Smith, who was second in Free Practice 2, with a blazing 1'21.740. This lap time also put Smith a tenth of a second behind Marquez, and this is the kind of feat we're not exactly used to see too often.

Andrea Iannone was also much faster than in FP1, improving his 1'22.670 by almost a second to 1'21.740, only 84 thousandths of a second slower than Smith. Lorenzo also lapped faster and finished the day in fourth, 0.265s adrift from Marquez, after getting the better of Dani Pedrosa by a mere 0.003s.

Aleix Espargaro was sixth, leading marginally from Rossi, who squeezed in front of a very fast and determined Scott Redding. Two Ducati bikes rounded up the FP2 top ten, Hernandez and Dovizioso.

Four riders have not improved in FP2

A total of four riders were unable to improve their lap times in FP2, with Valentino Rossi being the most notorious name. Scott Redding, Nicky Hayden and Michael Laverty were also on that list.

We saw Michael Laverty's Aprilia being pushed out of the gravel pit, but later found out that he simply ran wide and was forced to get off the track. The engine stalled and he was not able to restart it.

Only Hiroshi Aoyama crashed at Turn 8, riding the Cardion AB bike for Karel Abraham. He was not injured. The next session tomorrow morning and the afternoon Qualifying session will be a most interesting thing to watch, especially as the German GP promises to be a hell of a race ahead of the summer break.
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