2012 Moto2 Championship
On a day that saw almost all weather conditions thrown at the Moto2 grid in Germany, it was Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró who set the pace in both the wet and dry at Sachsenring ahead of Marc Márquez and Bradley Smith.
The morning practice session Friday for round eight of the Moto2 Championship was the only one held completely in the dry and it was Espargaró who left it late to post the fastest time of 1:25.179 to lead the timesheets. He then repeated his earlier form in the rain-hit afternoon session, which had too great a mix of wet and dry track to give any real indication of actual form.
The times of the morning practice however saw Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Márquez finish in second, despite crashing out at high speed in his final hot laps. Third place went to a charging Bradley Smith on board his Tech 3 Racing machine just three-tenths off the front, with Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio in tow.
NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis was looking ever quicker on his FTR chassis as he posted the fifth fastest time of the day, ahead of Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone. Iannone did not start the day well, as he was one of the first crashers in the opening stages. He was however able to re-join for the final part of the morning session. Behind him in seventh was another crasher in the shape of Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, who came off with one minute remaining.
Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter continued his good form from Assen as he went eighth quickest, ahead of De Angelis’ teammate Yuki Takahashi and Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi. Corsi did well to avoid a crash half way through practice, as he ran into the gravel at high speed. The only rider outside the top ten to crash in the dry was Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2’s Ratthapark Wilairot, who lost the front of his Suter 18 minutes into the session. In the afternoon’s wet practice, S/Master Speed Up’s Alessandro Andreozzi fell, as he couldn’t keep his bike upright during an excursion into the gravel. None of the crashes resulted in serious injury.