When free practice for round nine of 2016 MotoGP began at Sachsenring in Germany, riders were only able to ride under dry conditions for about 20 minutes. Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone led the 21-rider grid at Free Practice 1, and some crashed out at the infamous turn 11 of 13 at the tight track – one of only three right handers – including the reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).During FP2, which for the entire 45 minutes was held under dry conditions, Iannone knocked over 1.3 seconds off his time, finishing Friday with a best time of 1:22.381. But that wasn’t good enough for first; Iannone, who will chase Ducati’s 100th premier-class podium Sunday, finished second fastest, 0.220 of a second behind Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Vinales.
This was after the Spaniard Vinales also suffered a nasty crash at the quick turn 11; he was able to regain his composure and earn the top time with a 1:22.161.Claiming third quickest Friday was two-time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda RC213V; Marquez has dominated in Germany for the past three years, winning every race from pole and continually setting new lap records along the way.The ended with three different manufacturers in the top three – as for Yamaha, not one YZR-M1 finished in the top 10. The bike has always struggled on the track’s technical layout, and 2016 seems no different.The top Yamaha rider was Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Pol Espargaro, followed by nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi in 14th on the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP factory bike, and Rossi’s teammate Lorenzo in 16th.Fourth went to LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, who finished 0.614 of a second behind Vinales, and 0.042 ahead of the other factory Ducati rider – Andrea Dovizioso.Rounding out the top 10 were Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich), Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and Yonny Hernandez (Pull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team).Besides Vinales, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’ Tito Rabat also crashed at turn 11. MotoGP reports that Eugene Laverty (Pull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team) broke the crash-trend when he fell at Turn 1. Like Rabat and Viñales, he was unharmed.The riders return to Sachsenring Saturday for two additional practice sessions ahead of qualifying for Sunday’s 30-lap MotoGP. Rain is predicted for the weekend, so this can go a hundred different ways – just as we saw when Jack Miller won at a rain-soaked Assen two weeks ago.Photos below by Luciano Bianchetto
2016 German MotoGP Friday Practice – Combined Results
1. M. VIÑALES TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’22.1612. A. IANNONE DUCATI TEAM 1’22.3813. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1’22.7754. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA 1’22.8175. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM 1’22.9306. A. ESPARGARÒ TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’22.9537. H. BARBERA AVINTIA RACING 1’23.0158. D. PETRUCCI OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH 1’23.0539. S. REDDING OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH 1’23.06110. Y. HERNANDEZ ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP 1’23.12311. P. ESPARGARÒ MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1’23.40012. B. SMITH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1’23.46013. J. MILLER ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS 1’23.48514. V. ROSSI MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1’23.53415. D. PEDROSA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1’23.74016. J. LORENZO MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1’23.82417. A. BAUTISTA APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1’23.95818. S. BRADL APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1’24.11619. T. RABAT ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS 1’24.74620. E. LAVERTY ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP 1’24.91121. L. BAZ AVINTIA RACING 1’25.049Save