Marc Marquez hit the front of the MotoGP field for the first time this weekend at the Sachsenring in third practice for the German Grand Prix, securing his position as fastest man heading into qualifying by posting a late lap of 1:21:581; breaking the race lap record held by Dani Pedrosa since 2011.
Aleix Espargaro’s time from FP2 proved enough for the NGM Mobile Forward man to retain the advantage until with ten minutes to go a late flurry of improvements saw first Stefan Bradl beat his time, followed by Marquez and impressive laps from Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith that pushed Espargaro down to 5th. He also improved slightly however, recovering to 5th by the time the clock ran out.
Smith for his part bounced back from his third crash of the weekend early in FP3, burying his bike in the turn 2 gravel trap in a manner similiar to his first accident in FP1 on Friday morning. There were also crashed for Broc Parkes – his second of the weekend – and a trip off-track for Smith’s Tech 3 team-mate Pol Espargaro whose bike was smashed to pieces after he went off at turn 12 in the dying moments of the session.
Scott Redding came close to making it into the top ten and progressing straight to Q2 but couldn’t quite make it, while there was major disappointment for Ducati when both Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow failed to make the cut; both men will have to make it through Q1 this afternoon in order to qualify in the top twelve.
Qualifying is at 13:10GMT.
CLASSIFICATION – Qualifying – German Grand Prix – MotoGP – 12th July 2014
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