Sachsenring MotoGP: Despite Collarbone, Lorenzo Leads FP1

Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo
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:

199Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha290.41’22.047
226Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda292.61’22.2210.174 / 0.174
346Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha288.21’22.2410.194 / 0.020
493Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda291.11’22.3970.350 / 0.156
56Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda292.31’22.4600.413 / 0.063
635Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha289.71’22.4690.422 / 0.009
741Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART278.91’22.6410.594 / 0.172
869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati287.21’22.8160.769 / 0.175
919Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda290.61’22.8820.835 / 0.066
104Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati289.01’23.0681.021 / 0.186
1114Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART272.21’23.1311.084 / 0.063
1229Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati287.91’23.5781.531 / 0.447
138Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR274.91’23.6721.625 / 0.094
1468Yonny HERNANDEZCOLPaul Bird MotorsportART273.91’23.6951.648 / 0.023
1538Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha285.31’23.7261.679 / 0.031
1651Michele PIRROITAIgnite Pramac RacingDucati283.41’23.8681.821 / 0.142
175Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki278.41’24.5212.474 / 0.653
189Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter271.81’24.5752.528 / 0.054
197Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR279.01’24.6822.635 / 0.107
2071Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki274.51’24.7282.681 / 0.046
2167Bryan STARINGAUSGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda270.51’24.7982.751 / 0.070
2270Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM274.81’25.1293.082 / 0.331
2317Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingART275.41’26.1954.148 / 1.066
2452Lukas PESEKCZECame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter262.51’27.1725.125 / 0.977