Michael Laverty was unable to better his FP1 time in the afternoon as the Aprilia rider only managed one clear run in the afternoon.

The Northern Irishman has replaced Marco Melandri in the team this weekend at the Sachsenring and already has good knowledge of the Aprilia after taking on the role of test rider this year, which he has married with his commitments in the MCE British Superbike Championship on the Tyco Suzuki.

Laverty, who completed two seasons in MotoGP with Paul Bird Motorsport prior to his return to BSB this year, finished in 24th position, 0.6 seconds behind his brother and series rookie Eugene on the Aspar Honda.

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"In FP1 I felt very comfortable in the saddle every time I went out onto the track and in fact I did my best time in the last run. In the afternoon unfortunately I was only able to get one clean run in at the end of the session so I wasn't able to improve," said Laverty, who ran into the gravel in FP2 and struggled to restart the machine.

"In general I've got a good feeling with the bike. There's room for improvement in terms of grip. Today I tried the rear suspension link like the one Alvaro uses briefly and it seems to make things a bit better, so tomorrow I'll try it on both bikes."

Alvaro Bautista was 18th fastest after recovering from a spill in FP1, shaving six tenths off his time from the morning.

"This morning I took a spill on turn 11. The problem is that the spot where I had surgery on my arm last week opened up a bit," said Bautista.

"But in the afternoon I was still able to ride. We used the same tyre for the entire session in order to find a good setting.

"Our most important goal is to improve grip at the rear. I need to feel the tyre more on the tarmac."