Thu. Oct 21st, 2021

Marc Marquez started the German Grand Prix weekend at the head of the times as he streaked to the fastest tour in opening practice at the Sachsenring.

The Honda ace-who remains unbeaten at the circuit since making his premier class bow in 2013-was immediately on the pace as he headed to the peak of the leaderboard in the early-goings, a 1:21.660s ultimately enough to keep him on top throughout as improvements for his rivals were few-and-far between following the opening third of the test.

Marquez instead elected to focus on a race simulation for the remainder of the 45-minute session as he looks to score his eighth straight premier class win at the German venue.

Series leader Fabio Quartararo ended up second quickest despite a nasty-looking crash at Turn 12 mid-way through the session, the Yamaha man losing the front of his M1 on entry to the right-hander and sliding off into the gravel.

He fortunately escaped without injury despite seemingly being concerned about his shoulder and hand in the immediate aftermath of the incident, the Frenchman heading back out later on his spare machine to post an effort 0.168s slower than Marquez’s benchmark.

Takaaki Nakagami and Pol Espargaro made it three Honda’s in the top four as the RC213-V looks to continue its strong form at the Sachsenring, Quartararo denying the marque a 1-2-3 result in FP1 with his late improvement.

Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top five for Aprilia, while Jack Miller was the highest classified Ducati runner in sixth.

Alex Rins made a solid MotoGP comeback after missing the Catalan GP through injury a fortnight ago in seventh as the first of the Suzuki’s, with reigning MotoGP world champion team-mate Joan Mir ninth overall-the two GSX-RR’s sandwiching Pramac’s Johann Zarco.

Maverick Vinales completed the top ten on the second factory Yamaha, Francesco Bagnaia just behind him in 11th on the other official Ducati Desmosedici.

KTM started out the German event in quiet fashion with Miguel Oliviera its top runner in 12th, while Brad Binder was unable to breach the top 20.

Jorge Martin was 19th after an early crash at Turn 12 in a similar vein to Quartararo’s later get-off, while Pol Espargaro also suffered a spill prior to his strong time late on as he went down at Turn 3 just moments after Martin had his own accident.

Luca Marini was best rookie on his Avintia-run Ducati in 13th overall, the Italian just edging 15th placed countryman and team-mate Enea Bastianini for the accolade.

GERMAN MOTOGP, SACHSENRING – FREE PRACTICE (1) RESULTS

POSRIDERNATTEAMTIME/DIFFLAPMAX
1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)1’21.660s4/25294k
2Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.168s13/20293k
3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.276s7/22291k
4Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.350s9/19294k
5Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.380s17/19293k
6Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.391s9/22296k
7Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.416s19/19292k
8Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.488s22/22296k
9Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.512s20/22292k
10Maverick Vinales SPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.593s14/25292k
11Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.600s14/25295k
12Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.664s14/22293k
13Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.704s19/22291k
14Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.721s13/24289k
15Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.817s20/20294k
16Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.877s23/24293k
17Lorenzo SalvadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+0.952s19/21290k
18Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.986s12/23290k
19Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+1.018s8/18297k
20Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.031s22/23290k
21Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.068s4/24293k
22Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.309s20/23295k

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