Forward Yamaha's Aleix Espargaro grabbed the top time in FP2 to depose MotoGP Championship leader Marc Marquez at the Sachsenring on Friday as the Spanish rider experimented with different frame options.

Espargaro left it late to clock a time of 1m 22.041s on the soft Bridgestone rear, repeating his performance from FP1 as he edged out the Repsol Honda of Marquez by 0.117s.

The Open class star set his best time using the Yamaha frame, but Espargaro reckons he can go even faster with Forward Racing's own FTR-built frame.

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"I feel great. Last year was really good here and this year I'm enjoying it a lot as well," said Espargaro. "We did a lot of different set-up work today because we tried the Forward frame and the Yamaha frame as well. Both worked really good.

"I did my fastest lap with the Yamaha frame, but I think I can be a little bit faster with the Forward frame because in the tight corners it is a little bit better. Tomorrow in qualifying I think I will use the Forward frame," he added.

"I did 22 laps on the soft rear tyre and set the third fastest lap time, so I think it will be an option for the race as at Assen, but we need to see how the conditions change over the weekend."

Team-mate Colin Edwards, who has been race developing the FTR frame since Mugello, was 19th quickest.

"I cannot be happy with my final position, but the feeling with the bike is ok. The issue is that I have no front feeling. I need to figure out what the young generation does in terms of riding style to use all the potential of the bike".