Vinales Makes Blistering Start at Sachsenring

Maverick Vinales made the headlines on day one of the German Grand Prix weekend with some sensational riding to top the timesheets at the Sachsenring. The Spaniard recovered from a high-speed crash at turn eleven to outpace Ducati’s Andrea Iannone with championship leader Marc Marquez third fastest for Repsol Honda.

With turn eleven the first right-hander following a series of lefts, the high-speed bend is a regular crash scene at the Sachsenring and Jorge Lorenzo was the biggest casualty in the morning as the front end of his Movistar Yamaha lost grip on the cold side of the tyre. The world champion rode on in FP2 despite injuring his hand but the Yamaha riders collectively struggled, none making it into the top ten.

Vinales entered the same gravel trap midway through FP2, destroying his Suzuki in the process, but the young Spaniard soon re-joined the fray on his second machine and obliterated his own benchmark time, clocking a 1:22.161 despite some dramatic slides in the closing corners. Iannone, quickest of all in the morning, took second on a 1:22.381 and was the only rider within half a second of the Suzuki.

Marquez, winner on his last six visits to the Sachsenring, took third ahead of fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow while the remainder of the top ten was made up by a flurry of Ducatis. They were led by Andrea Dovizioso in fifth with Aleix Espargaro edging the second Suzuki into sixth, just ahead of Hector Barbera, the Pramac Ducatis of Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding and Aspar’s Yonny Hernandez.

The Movistar Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo ended the day in fourteenth and sixteenth respectively, choosing to wait for warmer conditions on Saturday.


2016 GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland (Free Practice Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
125. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:22.161
229. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team1:22.381
393. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:22.775
435. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:22.817
54. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:22.930
641. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:22.953
78. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:23.015
89. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:23.053
945. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:23.061
1068. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:23.123
1144. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:23.400
1238. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:23.460
1343. Jack MILLERHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:23.485
1446. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:23.534
1526. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:23.740
1699. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:23.824
1719. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:23.958
186. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:24.116
1953. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:24.746
2050. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:24.911
2176. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:25.049