HOHENSTEIN-ERNSTTHAL, Germany – Marc Marquez led the way on the opening day of MotoGP practice at the Sachsenring Friday afternoon.
Marquez produced a consistent first day as he prepared for Sunday’s German Grand Prix. He spent most of the day at the top of the speed charts and ended the day atop the scoring pylon with a lap time of 1:20.705 after completing 50 laps.
“We started today well, from the first run I felt good on the bike,” said Marquez. “Today we were able to try two different bikes to understand some things as well trying all the tires available. It was a busy day but tomorrow we need to keep working even if we have the best pace now, the others aren’t as far as it seems. We need to keep working in this way, analyse everything and shape our plan.”
Alex Rins finished the day third aboard his Suzuki, followed by a frustrated Fabio Quartararo, who saw two late flying laps ruined by other riders who got in his way. Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales was fourth, followed by Pol Espargaro in fifth.
Stefan Bradl, riding as a teammate to Marquez in place of injured rider Jorge Lorenzo, was 14th fastest Friday afternoon.