Stefan Bradl topped the Friday practice timesheets for his home German MotoGP at the Sachsenring.
The Honda LCR rider, currently seventh in the championship, moved to the head of the standings during the final 15 minutes of the afternoon session.
The former Moto2 champion - fifth on his home MotoGP debut last year - finished the day 0.017s ahead of injured world champion Jorge Lorenzo.
“Obviously it's a great feeling to be the first in the timesheets on Friday and this the best way to start your home grand prix,” said Bradl, who is still chasing his first MotoGP podium.
“Actually I immediately felt comfortable with the bike this morning and, with a few adjustments, it has been even better in the afternoon. I am fast with both bikes - with short or long swing-arm set-up - and we are pretty convinced about the tyres we are going to use.
“So the overall package is good, I am in a good form and it's nice to feel the support of your local fans”.
Only Bradl and Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were able to beat Lorenzo's time, set before the collarbone damaging fall that has ruled him out of the race.Be there! CLICK HERE to see ticket prices for the remaining rounds of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship from the Official MotoGP Ticket Store.