HOHENSTEIN-ERNSTTHAL, Germany – An eventful first day of track action at the Sachsenring ended with local favourite Stefan Bradl topping the timesheets for LCR Honda MotoGP.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo suffered another heavy accident, landing on his injured shoulder, as various crashes broke up the action throughout the day.
Bradl’s Friday-topping lap time came in the form of 1:22.030, with Lorenzo ending the day second overall from Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa and their respective teammates Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez following in fourth and fifth. Completing the top eight were Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden – who experienced a late crash at turn three which followed a pair of earlier off-track moments – and Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro, the leading CRT runner.
The most significant happening of the day came just oven 10 minutes into the afternoon session. Having broken his left collarbone at Assen only 15 days earlier, Lorenzo lost control exiting turn 10 and landed heavily on his already damaged shoulder. The session was briefly stopped as the stricken Yamaha was lying in the middle of turn 11, while the champion was checked over.
Only three and a half minutes after the restart, Crutchlow suffered his second crash of the day – and both had come at the rapid turn 11. The Englishman was also transported to the Medical Centre, where suspected left arm injuries were attended to. In the morning, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone had gone down at the same corner.
Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham was struck down with flu and fever and for that reason did not take part in the afternoon period, whereas Hiroshi Aoyama was back in action with Avintia Blusens for the first time since his hand-injuring crash on the Saturday of the Catalan Grand Prix. In Practice 2, GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Bryan Staring added his name to the list of fallers.