Pol Espargaro led Marc Marquez in Friday practice ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring but both experienced problems on an eventful day in Germany. The first session was run in dry conditions before intermittent rain played havoc with the second, allowing Espargaro's FP1 time to stay unbeaten.

Marquez was the first to hit trouble with a crash at the waterfall corner late in the morning session. The championship leader lost the front end of his Suter at the right-hander and slid for several yards down the track. Fortunately he escaped unhurt with the only damage being done to his motorcycle and he was fit to ride in FP2.

It was then that Espargaro encountered difficulty, again at the waterfall, as his Kalex started to slow with a mechanical problem. The descent in the road allowed him to crawl to the Sachsen curve but the no.40 couldn't make it up the incline which brought the riders to the final corner. As a result, Espargaro was forced to push his bike uphill to the pitlane, leaving him breathless when he finally returned to the garage.

Behind the top two, Bradley Smith showed Tech 3's best form of the season so far to go third quickest, a third of a second back, just ahead of Mika Kallio on the Marc VDS Kalex. Alex de Angelis was fifth fastest with title contenders Andrea Iannone and Thomas Luthi sixth and seventh while Dominique Aegerter all-but-matched his compatriot in eighth.

Yuki Takahashi showed signs of turning the corner after a desperate start to the season with the ninth fastest time with Simone Corsi completing the top ten. Scott Redding could only manage eleventh in an incredibly tight session with Gino Rea down in 27th, despite being only two seconds off the lead.


eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland: Combined Friday Practice Times

Pos Rider Constructor Team Time/Gap
1  Pol Espargaro Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti 1:25.179
2  Marc Marquez Suter Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol +0.048
3  Bradley Smith Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +0.333
4  Mika Kallio Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.427
5  Alex De Angelis FTR NGM Mobile Forward Racing +0.604
6  Andrea Iannone Speed Up Speed Master +0.605
7  Thomas Luthi Suter Interwetten-Paddock +0.725
8  Dominique Aegerter Suter Technomag-CIP +0.735
9  Yuki Takahashi FTR NGM Mobile Forward Racing +0.815
10  Simone Corsi FTR Came IodaRacing Project +0.831
11  Scott Redding Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team +0.838
12  Johann Zarco Motobi JIR Moto2 +0.840
13  R. Krummenacher Suter GP Team Switzerland +0.864
14  Claudio Corti Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +1.006
15  Xavier Simeon Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing +1.053
16  Esteve Rabat Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +1.066
17  Toni Elias Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +1.068
18  Anthony West Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +1.146
19  Roberto Rolfo Suter Technomag-CIP +1.159
20  Julian Simon FTR Blusens Avintia +1.210
21  Nicolas Terol Suter Mapfre Aspar Team +1.231
22  Ratthapark Wilairot Suter Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 +1.379
23  Max Neukirchner Kalex Kiefer Racing +1.385
24  Ricard Cardus AJR Arguiñano Racing Team +1.560
25  Takaaki Nakagami Kalex Italtrans Racing Team +1.770
26  Axel Pons Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti +1.947
27  Gino Rea Suter Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 +2.138
28  Markus Reiterberger MZ-RE Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing +2.234
29  Damian Cudlin Bimota Desguaces La Torre SAG +3.171
30  Eric Granado Motobi JIR Moto2 +3.316
31  Kevin Wahr (WC) IAMT Kiefer Racing +3.462
32  Marco Colandrea FTR SAG Team +3.824
33  Alessandro Andreozzi Speed Up S/Master Speed Up +4.659
34  Elena Rosell Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team +5.593