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Tom Sykes has held on to top spot after Friday’s free practice sessions despite missing over half of the FP2 track time due to an off, while a red flag stoppage for oil followed by a thundery rain shower stagnated the afternoon session.

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider improved his FP1 timesheet-topper with a 1m 37.172s to go further under the lap record and pull out a third of a second on team-mate Jonathan Rea. But 22 minutes into FP2 Sykes tipped off at turn four which prematurely ended his day.

However, Sykes missed almost none of the remaining dry track time as a red flag was forced three minutes after his off when the Pata Yamaha of Alex Lowes suffered engine failure and dropped oil on track.

Stefan Bradl on the Red Bull Honda was the unlucky rider to trip up on the oil from Lowes’s YZF-R1 with his bike summersaulting into a damaging off while the German rider looked aggrieved by the lack of yellow flags from the marshals.

Just as the track marshals cleared up the oil spill, a heavy rain shower soaked the Lausitzring which suspended the restart, and denied riders any further opportunities to improve on their outright fastest lap times - while the total delay notched up to 90 minutes.

With the truncated dry running time it left Sykes on top from Rea with Chaz Davies less than three-hundredths of a second further back in third on the Racing Ducati.

Lorenzo Savadori retained fourth place on the Milwaukee Aprilia thanks to his FP1 fastest lap but Marco Melandri jumped up to fifth on the combined times as one of just four riders to be able to improve their best lap times in the afternoon session. That shuffled Eugene Laverty down to sixth for Milwaukee Aprilia and wildcarding Markus Reiterberger to seventh on the Van Zon Remeha BMW.

With Leon Camier (MV Agusta), Jordi Torres (Althea BMW) and Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha) rounding out the top ten they secured the instant qualification into Superpole two as the second Pata Yamaha of Michael van der Mark was the unlucky 11th rider to miss out.

Despite his off, Bradl ended the session 12th for Red Bull Honda with his new team-mate Davide Giugliano unable to improve in FP2 due to conditions in 18th on the combined times.


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