Sachsenring MotoGP: Despite Collarbone, Lorenzo Leads FP1

Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo

Sachsenring MotoGP Free Practice One Results

Two weeks ago at Assen, Jorge Lorenzo broke his collarbone during a high-side at practice. But 38 hours after surgery, Lorenzo was cleared to ride. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider put in a superhuman effort, finishing fifth at Assen behind the winner, teammate Valentino Rossi.

And when the Sachsenring MotoGP round begin Friday with the first of two free practice sessions, Lorenzo was the quickest rider. Though in pain, Lorenzo ran a smooth session, which was strewn with crashes.

Lorenzo lead FP1 ahead of the man he trails by seven points in the MotoGP Championship, leader Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and Rossi. Suffering some huge crashes in the practice was Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, and Assen’s pole sitter, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow.

Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso crashes at turn 11

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso crashes at turn 11

Lorenzo’s set the pace for Sachsenring with a 1:22.047 aboard his YZR-M1. Pedrosa trailed by 0.174 of a second, with Rossi a further 0.194 back.

Fourth went to Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, who was 0.350 of a second, with home favorite Stefan Bradl placing his LCR Honda RC213V in fifth, 0.413 of a second back.

Despite his crash at Turn one, Crutchlow was sixth quickest. The Brit was followed by the top CRT rider in ever round so far, Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro, and the top Ducati rider, Nicky Hayden.

The riders will be back on the track Friday afternoon for Free Practice 2 of round eight at Sachsenring.

2013 Sachsenring MotoGP Free Practice 1 Results:

1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 290.4 1’22.047
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 292.6 1’22.221 0.174 / 0.174
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 288.2 1’22.241 0.194 / 0.020
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 291.1 1’22.397 0.350 / 0.156
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 292.3 1’22.460 0.413 / 0.063
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 289.7 1’22.469 0.422 / 0.009
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 278.9 1’22.641 0.594 / 0.172
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 287.2 1’22.816 0.769 / 0.175
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 290.6 1’22.882 0.835 / 0.066
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 289.0 1’23.068 1.021 / 0.186
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 272.2 1’23.131 1.084 / 0.063
12 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 287.9 1’23.578 1.531 / 0.447
13 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 274.9 1’23.672 1.625 / 0.094
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 273.9 1’23.695 1.648 / 0.023
15 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 285.3 1’23.726 1.679 / 0.031
16 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 283.4 1’23.868 1.821 / 0.142
17 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 278.4 1’24.521 2.474 / 0.653
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 271.8 1’24.575 2.528 / 0.054
19 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 279.0 1’24.682 2.635 / 0.107
20 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 274.5 1’24.728 2.681 / 0.046
21 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 270.5 1’24.798 2.751 / 0.070
22 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 274.8 1’25.129 3.082 / 0.331
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 275.4 1’26.195 4.148 / 1.066
24 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 262.5 1’27.172 5.125 / 0.977

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