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German MotoGP: Marquez from Lorenzo in frantic FP3

Marc Marquez fastest during Free Practice 3 for the German MotoGP at Sachsenring.
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A frantic final ten minutes of Saturday morning MotoGP practice at the Sachsenring ended with world champion Marc Marquez ahead of Jorge Lorenzo.

With FP3 the cut-off point for a top ten lap time and direct access to Qualifying 2, and the short German venue producing ultra-close lap times, the closing stages saw all riders pushing hard for a fast lap.

Marquez, winner of all eight races this year but left with a sore neck after a big highside on Friday morning, moved to the top ahead of home star Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) with four minutes remaining.

But it was Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo who had set the pace for most of the session, then clinched second place from Bradl on his final lap.

Lorenzo - who turned the page on a nightmare Assen race with a close third on Friday - was 0.267s behind Marquez, the Repsol Honda rider gaining most of his time in the fast final sector.

Aleix Espargaro, quickest in both Friday sessions with the extra soft Open class rear tyre, set his best of the weekend for fourth place (+0.416s) this morning. The Spaniard planned to try both the Yamaha and Forward frame again today - and may use the Forward version in qualifying, feeling it has more potential in the many slow corners.

Bradley Smith, whose weekend got off to a nightmare start with two falls in FP1, went down again early in FP3. The Englishman again lost the rear of his Tech 3 Yamaha, this time on entry to turn two, and was sent shooting off into an airfence after half-catching the slide.

A sore Smith refused to leave the bike and eventually got it back on track and bump started. Smith then mounted a remarkable recovery to reach a peak of second place in the closing stages, finally finishing in fifth (+0.420s).

By contrast, team-mate Pol Espargaro's session ended with a fast accident at the infamous Waterfall corner. The rookie was uninjured in the lowside, but his M1 was obliterated as it rolled through the gravel. Espargaro finished the session in eighth.

Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi, quick on Friday morning before struggling on the hard tyre during in the afternoon, was holding third as the final ten minutes began - but couldn't match the pace of the improvements around him and slipped back to sixth (+0.460s).

Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa, the most successful rider at the Sachsenring, is yet to make an impact on the 2014 event - other than Friday afternoon's impact with the Turn 12 gravel - and was only seventh this morning (+0.505s).

Pramac's Andrea Iannone was the only Ducati rider to make the top ten, with Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista claiming the final direct entry to Qualifying 2 (+0.640s).

Those missing out include factory class Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso, Yonny Hernandez and Cal Crutchlow in eleventh, twelfth and 13th respectively.

The long Sachensring corners were predicted to highlight the Desmosedici's understeer weakness and Dovizioso - on the podium last time at Assen - couldn't break the top ten even while following Marquez and running the soft rear tyre.

Crutchlow was the final rider within one-second of Marquez, with countryman Scott Redding the leading Production Honda in 14th place (+1.125s).

Prior to Pol Espargaro's fall, PBM rookie Broc Parkes became the first MotoGP rider to tumble at the Waterfall corner this weekend, the Australian springing to his feet after the fast lowside but his ART-powered machine took a pounding. Parkes finished 23rd and last.

A 30-minute FP4 session will precede Qualifying 1 and Qualifying 2 this afternoon.

FP3 was dry but with dark clouds gathering.

Free Practice 3:

1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Stefan Bradl
4. Aleix Espargaro
5. Bradley Smith
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Dani Pedrosa
8. Pol Espargaro
9. Andrea Iannone
10. Alvaro Bautista
11. Andrea Dovizioso
12. Yonny Hernandez
13. Cal Crutchlow
14. Scott Redding
15. Nicky Hayden
16. Hiroshi Aoyama
17. Karel Abraham
18. Danilo Petrucci
19. Michael Laverty
20. Colin Edwards
21. Mike Di Meglio
22. Hector Barbera
23. Broc Parkes

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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July 12, 2014 10:38 AM

Laps in FP3 under 1 min 22.5: MM 9 JL 12 SB 9 AE 6 BS 7 VR 11 DP 5 PE 4 AI 3 AB 5 In the 1 min 23s: MM 4 JL 2 SB 3 AE 1 Looks like VR and JLo are in good shape to challenge. Of course, Marquez will have a different outlook...Stephan Bradl and Brad Smith have good. consistent pace too, and both ought to be very motivated...


July 12, 2014 11:38 AM

funny how tv commentry team manage to ignore lorenzo,s fast final lap,completly ignoring it and talking about new tyre rules,usual pathetic (ignore lorenzo talk about rossi) in mcn (more crap news) making out hes the only serious challenge to marquez ,its just a shame lorenzo,s so quick but they ignore him anyway.

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