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MotoGP Germany: Marquez stays top as Smith seals super second

Marc Marquez continued to set the pace at the Sachsenring to complete a free practice double on Friday with Britain's Bradley Smith impressing in second place on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine.
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez remained on top in FP2 as Bradley Smith slotted into a superb second place on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 at the Sachsenring.

Marquez, who headed Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi by 0.3 seconds in FP1 using Bridgestone's asymmetric tyre, dipped into the 1m 21s for the first time on Friday early in the session, bumping team-mate Dani Pedrosa back to second.

The Honda riders briefly exchanged places at the top with Yamaha duo Lorenzo and Rossi inside the top four after the opening 15 minutes, with Smith next on the satellite M1 ahead of Danilo Petrucci on the Pramac Ducati and Scott Redding (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda).

Marquez was only narrowly ahead of Pedrosa by 0.06 seconds following his lap of 1m 21.8s with Lorenzo holding third and Rossi 0.5s down on the Honda in fourth.

Cal Crutchlow began to make a move on the CWM LCR Honda and was up to fifth ahead of fellow Briton Smith with around 15 minutes to go, with Ducati's Andrea Iannone making his presence felt on the leader board on the GP15 in sixth.

Reigning world champion Marquez began to turn the screw and improved again with a lap of 1m 21.666s putting him 0.2s clear of Pedrosa, while Yonny Hernandez shot into fourth on the Pramac Ducati ahead of Rossi.

Redding also posted a fast lap to briefly move into fourth place but with five minutes on the clock Smith took over as top Brit, snatching second place after following the Ducati of Iannone, who improved to third place.

With the chequered flag out, Marquez made the most of his final lap to improve again by 0.04 seconds to sign off with a time of 1m 21.621s to head the impressive Smith by 0.119s.

Iannone remained third, two tenths back on Marquez, with Lorenzo edging out Pedrosa for fourth and Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro making ground in the closing stages to take sixth on the GSX-RR.

Rossi ended FP2 in seventh and half-a-second behind Marquez, with Redding, Hernandez and Andrea Dovizioso on the factory GP15 completed the top 10.

Hector Barbera finished as the top Open class rider on the Avintia Ducati GP14 in 11th, with Crutchlow dropping down the order to 12th.

Pol Espargaro was 13th on the second of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machines ahead of Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) and Petrucci.

Nicky Hayden slotted into 16th on the Aspar Honda, finishing as the second quickest Open rider, 1.3 seconds off Marquez's time.

Michael Laverty, who has taken over from Marco Melandri on the Aprilia this weekend in Germany, ran into the gravel during the session and stalled the machine.

The Northern Irishman finished 24th fastest, 0.642s behind his young brother and Aspar Honda rider Eugene Laverty in 23rd.

Hiroshi Aoyama, who replaces Karel Abraham on the AB Motoracing Honda, came off at speed at turn 8 and ended the session in 22nd position.

1. Marc Marquez
2. Bradley Smith
3. Andrea Iannone
4. Jorge Lorenzo
5. Dani Pedrosa
6. Aleix Espargaro
7. Valentino Rossi
8. Scott Redding
9. Yonny Hernandez
10. Andrea Dovizioso
11. Hector Barbera
12. Cal Crutchlow
13. Pol Espargaro
14. Maverick Viñales
15. Danilo Petrucci
16. Nicky Hayden
17. Mike Di Meglio
18. Alvaro Bautista
19. Loris Baz
20. Jack Miller
21. Alex De Angelis
22. Hiroshi Aoyama
23. Eugene Laverty
24. Michael Laverty
25. Claudio Corti

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July 10, 2015 5:54 PM

mark.james.7374: Kid 93 show the goat who's boss!!!
He's already shown Rossi who's the boss in the last 2 years.
Yep, that's true.....he showed the whole of MotoGP who's boss over the last two years ! All credit to him. He is a brilliant racer. Being 70 points adrift though, the old man is showing him who's boss in 2015.


July 10, 2015 3:26 PM

mark.james.7374: Kid 93 show the goat who's boss!!!
the boss in what? in free practice... nah i prefer the race. i will call him a boss if he beat rossi's record. back to back with different manufacturer.

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