Andrea Iannone became the latest rider to suffer a heavy fall, tumbling roughly in the gravel after running on at turn one. The Italian rookie dislocated his right shoulder and is therefore set to miss qualifying.

MotoGP championship leader Dani Pedrosa was absent after his huge morning highside and will also miss qualifying as he awaits the results of further checks.

Title rival Jorge Lorenzo, who broke his collarbone at Assen - but returned to claim fifth in the race - has been forced to withdraw from the German round after re-damaging his collarbone on Friday.

Hiroshi Aoyama, injured at Catalunya, is returning to action while Pramac's Ben Spies continues to be side-lined and is again replaced by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro.

Qualifying 1, where those outside the top ten in free practice will fight for the remaining two places in Q2, will now get underway.

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1. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 21.978s
2. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 22.046s
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 22.115s
4. Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 22.280s
5. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 22.556s
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 22.775s
7. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 22.855s
8. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 22.980s
9. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP13) 1m 23.115s
10. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 23.238s
11. Claudio Corti ITA NGM Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 23.271s
12. Andrea Iannone ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing (GP13) 1m 23.313s
13. Michele Pirro ITA Ignite Pramac Racing (GP13) 1m 23.468s
14. Randy De Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 23.532s
15. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 23.710s
16. Yonny Hernandez COL Paul Bird Motorsport (ART CRT) 1m 23.754s
17. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART CRT)* 1m 24.055s
18. Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing Project (Suter-BMW CRT)* 1m 24.108s
19. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (ART CRT) 1m 24.454s
20. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 1m 24.578s
21. Bryan Staring AUS Go&Fun Honda Gresini (FTR-Honda CRT) 1m 25.120s
22. Lukas Pesek CZE Came IodaRacing Project (Suter-BMW CRT)* 1m 25.336s
* Standard ECU.

Fastest practice time: Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 21.903s (FP3)

Official Sachsenring MotoGP records: Best lap: Casey Stoner AUS Honda 1m 21.067s (2008) Fastest race lap: Dani Pedrosa ESP Honda 1m 21.846s (2011)