Espargaro Tops Tight Friday Practice In Germany


Aleix Espargaro’s magnificent run of form looks like continuing after the Spaniard topped the Friday practice times at the Sachsenring. The Forward Racing rider, fresh from his maiden MotoGP pole at Assen two weeks ago, was quickest in both sessions ahead the unbeaten world champion Marc Marquez.

Espargaro had been experimenting with a Yamaha chassis as well as his Forward machine and was encouraged by his performance on both specifications of motorcycle.

“We continue our positive momentum. With Barcelona and Assen, this is the third race that we are constantly improving and today I’m satisfied because in the FP2 we tested the Forward chassis and it worked really well. We set the third fastest time with a tyre that had 22 laps on and the feeling was very positive. Sachsenring is a very special track for its layout and we will need to test it also on other circuits, but the feeling was really good. Tomorrow we will continue to work in this direction and if everything works well I want to use it also for the qualifying. I have also enjoyed riding here at Sachsenring. I’m confident because we have a good race pace and tomorrow we can make another step forward”.

Marquez was the man to make many of the headlines following a spectacular fall in first practice this morning. The championship leader highsided as he exited turn two, an accident he later took full responsibility for, and looked visibly winded as he gingerly walked away. Marc recovered to finish the day in second spot, only losing out to Espargaro in the latter stages of FP2.

Jorge Lorenzo took third ahead of home favourite Stefan Bradl with Alvaro Bautista fifth for Gresini Honda. Valentino Rossi was the only rider to go slower in the afternoon than he had in the morning and fell from third to sixth, narrowly ahead of Andrea Iannone and Pol Espargaro who also impressed early on.

Pol’s Tech 3 teammate Bradley Smith had a disastrous start to the weekend, crashing twice in the opening session, and will head into FP3 outside the crucial top ten. Michael Laverty climbed into tenth late in the afternoon with a stunning lap and although he fell to fourteenth after a crash, the Ulsterman was still just 0.887s off the ultimate pace.

 

 2014 ENI MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND – COMBINED FREE PRACTICE CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1  41. ALEIX ESPARGARO FORWARD YAMAHA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:22.041
2  93. MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:22.158
3  99. JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:22.368
4  6. STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 1:22.430
5  19. ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:22.440
6  46. VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1:22.466
7  29. ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:22.565
8  44. POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:22.569
9  4. ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:22.576
10  26. DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:22.589
11  38. BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 1:22.719
12  68. YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI PRAMAC RACING 1:22.724
13  35. CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 1:22.757
14  70. MICHAEL LAVERTY PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:22.928
15  45. SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 1:22.933
16  7. HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:22.961
17  17. KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 1:23.049
18  69. NICKY HAYDEN HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 1:23.204
19  5. COLIN EDWARDS FORWARD YAHAMA NGM FORWARD RACING 1:23.327
20  8. HECTOR BARBERA AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:23.393
21  63. MIKE DI MEGLIO AVINTIA AVINTIA RACING 1:23.858
22  9. DANILO PETRUCCI ART OCTO IODARACING TEAM 1:23.912
23  23. BROC PARKES PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 1:24.158