The optimism that Marc Marquez had expressed yesterday, saying that he did not feel physically indebted for the first time since he returned to racing in MotoGP, apparently was well placed, because this morning the Honda rider was the fastest in the first free practice session of the German Grand Prix.
Expectations were high for Sachsenring, a track on which Marc has won the last seven editions of the MotoGP race, and Honda also tried to help his eight-time world champion by proposing a new aerodynamic look for his RC213V. The rider from Cervera, on the track with a new vintage helmet, lapped in 1’21 “660 and in this way preceded Fabio Quartararo’s Yamaha by 168 thousandths.
The world leader also suffered a bad crash at Turn 12, one of the fastest points on the German track, and initially held a shoulder. But then he returned to the pits and resumed the track with his M1, also showing a very interesting pace.
In general, however, it was an FP1 that saw all the Hondas shine by surprise or almost. In fact, in third and fourth position we find the LCR branded one by Takaaki Nakagami and the official one by Pol Espargaro, although the Spaniard also ran into a crash at turn 3. Alex Marquez, who did not go beyond the 16th time, was more in difficulty. of eight tenths from his brother.
Staying on the subject brothers, in Pol’s wake is the other Espargaro, Aleix. Aprilia is also proving to be competitive at Sachsenring and the Spaniard finished 380 thousandths late. The first of the Ducatis is therefore only sixth, for which this continues to seem a rather indigestible track. Jack Miller is just under four tenths and seems to suffer mainly from T3 and T4, managing instead to be fast in T1 and T2.
It is necessary to go down to the eighth position to find Johann Zarco’s other Desmosedici GP, 488 thousandths of a second behind, and even in 11th position for that of Pecco Bagnaia, who however found traffic in his best lap. The bad news is that the Piedmontese is the best of the Italian riders, so there are no local guys in the top 10. It went worse for Jorge Martin, who started his weekend with a crash at turn 12 and is not gone over to the 19th time.
On the other hand, the return of Alex Rins was positive, forced to miss Barcelona due to a fracture in the radius remedied by training on a bicycle. The Suzuki rider is in seventh position at about four tenths and was immediately faster than his teammate Joan Mir, who instead occupies the ninth position ahead of Maverick Vinales’ Yamaha.
Continuing to talk about the Iwata manufacturer, for now the hopes of Franco Morbidelli who was clinging to a track with short straights to see the handicap of the top speed of his 2019 M1 no longer seem to be met. The pilot of the Petronas Team instead he did not go beyond the 14th time, between the two Ducatis of rookie Luca Marini and Enea Bastianini. It went even worse for Valentino Rossi, who finds himself in 20th with a delay of over a second.
After the great victory in Barcelona, Miguel Oliveira and KTM also started a little quietly: the Portuguese occupies only 12th place at over six tenths, while his teammate Brad Binder is even last. The new RC16 frame does not seem to have helped Danilo Petrucci too much, who did not go beyond the 17th time, also behind Lorenzo Savadori’s Aprilia.