125cc World Championship leader Julian Simon set the fastest lap time during Friday free practice for the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring - before a torrential storm arrived just before the midway mark of the hour.

The storm blew over within 15 minutes, but the track was soaked, allowing only wet weather laps until the end of the session. The early dry pace of Simon was therefore never under threat and the Spaniard's best of 1min 28.594sec remained 0.671sec clear of KTM's Marc Marquez.

Simon's Aspar Aprilia team-mate and title rival Bradley Smith jumped forward to third just before the rain arrived, with Nicolas Terol fourth and the final rider within one second of Simon.

After being released from his contract with the (absent) Haojue team, Michael Ranseder finished 28th on his debut with the CBC Corse Aprilia team. Former team-mate Matt Hoyle is yet to find an alternative ride.

Friday practice - Sachsenring:

1. Simon (Aprilia) 1min 28.594sec
2. Marquez (KTM) +0.671sec
3. Smith (Aprilia) +0.829sec
4. Terol (Aprilia) +0.984sec
5. Gadea (Aprilia) +1.182sec
6. Cortese (Derbi) +1.258sec
7. Webb (Aprilia) +1.373sec
8. Corsi (Aprilia) +1.403sec
9. Olive (Derbi) +1.433sec
10. Bradl (Aprilia) +1.458sec

Redding (Aprilia) +2.018sec


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