Marc Marquez wasn't the only Repsol Honda rider to fall heavily at the Sachsenring on Friday, with team-mate Dani Pedrosa suffering a fast accident in the afternoon session.

Pedrosa, who missed last year's German MotoGP due to a collarbone injury in practice, lost the front of his RCV as he turned into the penultimate corner at the bottom of the hill.

The Spaniard flipped over repeatedly before coming to a halt in the gravel, but was later able to re-join the session on his spare bike.

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"We were fortunate to have two dry sessions to test out the track today, it went pretty well and I had a good feeling, but I also suffered a crash," said Pedrosa, who agreed a new Repsol Honda contract earlier this week.

"During the two practices I had problems with the brakes, and it was precisely at a braking point that I pushed too hard and crashed. However, I was able to go out again with another bike and continue riding through to the end of the afternoon session."

Pedrosa, a four time Sachsenring MotoGP winner, was left tenth on the combined Friday practice timesheets, but was only half a second from pace setter Aleix Espargaro (Forward Yamaha).

Marquez was second fastest.