2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Practice – Marquez Tops Smith

Sachsenring MotoGP Friday Practice - Marquez Tops Smith
Honda's Marc Marquez

2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Practice Results – Friday

Sachsenring MotoGP Friday Practice - Marquez Tops Smith
Honda’s Marc Marquez

Piloting a hybrid Repsol Honda RC213V that utilizes a 2014 chassis but 2015 electronics and engines – Marc Marquez returned to the podium two weeks ago at Assen MotoGP. The two-time MotoGP Champion challenged eventual winner Valentino Rossi throughout Assen, but could not catch the nine-time World Champion’s Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1.

Still, second was a great finish for the 22-year-old Spaniard, who suffered two DNFs at the races ahead of Assen – Catalunya and Mugello. And Marquez competed aboard the 2015 RC213V chassis in both of those races.

Staying with the hybrid prototype, Marquez began round nine of 2015 MotoGP at Sachsenring Friday as the quickest rider. Marquez led both opening free practices for the Germany Grand Prix, which he won from pole the past two years.

His best lap time Friday at Sachsenring MotoGP Practice was a 1:21.621.To put this time into perspective, Marquez earned last season’s pole with a 1:20.937.

“I think that today has been a positive day. We felt good, and that’s the important thing. It’s true that there was a strong wind that made things tough for everyone,” Marquez said following Sachsenring MotoGP practice. “We followed a good working plan but we still have things to improve. I don’t feel completely comfortable, but we can reflect positively on today. The important thing for the moment is that we are going well, but I am aware that tomorrow everyone will get better.”

When Friday’s Sachsenring MotoGP practice sessions wrapped up, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith finished second fastest, 0.119 of a second behind Marquez. Smith is riding a new YZR-M1, and hopes to remain consistent and quick through this weekend’s MotoGP.

Earning the third quickest time, 0.203 of a second behind Marquez, was Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone. The Ducati GP15 pilot finished 0.062 of a second ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo, who won four-consecutive rounds before Assen MotoGP.

Taking fifth was Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, who was 0.268 of a second off the pace. This is no surprise for Honda, which has a good record in Germany – since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP class in 2002, the Japanese manufacturer has been the most successful at the Sachsenring with nine wins.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro piloted his GSX-RR to the sixth-quickest time at Sachsenring MotoGP practice, the Spaniard finishing a mere 0.007 of a second ahead of the current points leader, Rossi. The 36-year-old Italian Rossi finished on the podium at every race this year, including three wins. He also has the most wins of any rider at Sachsenring with six, which includes four in the premier class.

Rounding out the top 10 were Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Yonny Hernández (Octo Pramac Racing) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

As for the three new riders at this weekend’s Germany MotoGP, they all finished at the bottom of the time sheets. Claudio Corti, who replaces home favorite Stefan Bradl (injured, broken scaphoid) on the Athina Forward Racing Yamaha, finished last. Hiroshi Aoyama – the replacement for the injured Karel Abraham (AB Motoracing) – finished 22nd, and Michael Laverty, who took over for Marco Melandri on the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini RS-GP (Melandri terminated his contract), finished 24th.

The riders will return to Sachsenring Saturday for two additional free practices and qualifying.

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