Toni Elias claimed the seventh fastest Friday practice time at the Sachsenring, despite feeling less than 100 per cent.

"I'm struggling a little bit here with a stomach problem and some 'flu symptoms - but don't worry, it's not swine 'flu!" said the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider. "It was quite a good session today because we were able to get a feel for the conditions in the wet and then work on the bike in the dry.

"We were pretty good in both conditions and even though I finished up in seventh place the gap to the top is only 0.5 seconds and with the way I'm feeling today that is not much. I have to be happy with the way things have started here."